Rangers 1-0 Livingston: Scott Arfield goal earns hosts win

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February 16, 2020
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    Scott Arfield scores

    Scott Arfield scored his fourth goal in three games as Rangers got back to winning ways

    Scott Arfield’s solitary goal was enough to secure Rangers a Scottish Premiership win at home to Livingston.

    The game was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but was put back 24 hours due to a waterlogged pitch.

    Livingston keeper Ryan Schofield made three superb first-half saves, including tipping Andy Halliday’s effort on to the bar.

    But Arfield scored the match’s only goal with half an hour remaining, having been set up by Ianis Hagi.

    The result keeps Rangers 10 points adrift of leaders Celtic, who beat Aberdeen earlier in the day, though Steven Gerrard’s men have a game in hand.

    Livingston, who struck the post late on through Lyndon Dykes, are four points behind Aberdeen in third place, with a superior goal difference.

    Visiting manager Gary Holt brought in keeper Schofield for his first league game as Rangers loanee Robby McCrorie was unable to play against his parent club.

    Aymen Souda had an early angled drive which missed the target but was kept in by the strong wind. The Livingston defence repelled several crosses into the box and in the 17th minute Schofield denied home striker Alfredo Morelos inside the six-yard box.

    Moments later, Ryan Kent curled a shot just past the far post after being sent clear by Arfield in a swift counter-attack, before Nikola Katic headed over from 12 yards after an attempted clearance looped into the air.

    In the 35th minute Davis played in left-back Halliday, but Schofield brilliantly tipped his toe-poke from close range on to the bar and over for a corner, but again Gerrard’s team failed to capitalise.

    Schofield again came to the West Lothian side’s rescue when he blocked a drive from Davis after the Northern Irishman had been slipped in by Hagi, and then saved a low drive from Kent in the 54th minute.

    At the other end, Rangers keeper Allan McGregor had to make a superb save from Souda’s acrobatic close-range strike to keep the game goalless.

    The unmarked Arfield changed that when he took a pass from Hagi, turned and beat Schofield with a powerful drive for his fourth goal in three games.

    Morelos had the ball in the net in the 71st minute but the flag was up for offside.

    Almost 10 minutes later Livi striker Dykes took a pass from substitute Dolly Menga and crashed a volley off the post with McGregor beaten, before testing the Rangers keeper with another drive.

    The visitors continued to push for an equaliser but their efforts were in vain. Rangers nearly doubled their lead late on, but the offside flag denied substitute Florian Kamberi after he had netted.

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    Line-ups

    Rangers

    • 1McGregor
    • 2Tavernier
    • 6Goldson
    • 19Katic
    • 16Halliday
    • 8Jack
    • 10Davis
    • 37Arfield
    • 7HagiSubstituted forStewartat 83'minutes
    • 20MorelosSubstituted forAriboat 89'minutes
    • 14KentSubstituted forKamberiat 56'minutes

    Substitutes

    • 13Foderingham
    • 15Flanagan
    • 17Aribo
    • 18Kamara
    • 22Jones
    • 23Kamberi
    • 24Stewart

    Livingston

    • 31Schofield
    • 5Lamie
    • 3Brown
    • 27GuthrieBooked at 43mins
    • 20SoudaSubstituted forMcMillanat 72'minutes
    • 33LawsonBooked at 34mins
    • 7Jacobs
    • 16CrawfordBooked at 68minsSubstituted forSibbaldat 77'minutes
    • 11LawlessSubstituted forMengaat 59'minutes
    • 8Pittman
    • 9Dykes

    Substitutes

    • 2Devlin
    • 10Sibbald
    • 17Robinson
    • 21McMillan
    • 24Menga
    • 29Taylor-Sinclair
    • 40Maley

    Referee:Euan AndersonAttendance:48,302

    Match Stats

    Home TeamRangersAway TeamLivingstonPossessionHome58%Away42%ShotsHome11Away3Shots on TargetHome4Away2CornersHome10Away4FoulsHome4Away14

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    Match ends, Rangers 1, Livingston 0.

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