Rangers 1
Dumbarton 0
League (Championship)


1 - 0


League (Championship)
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Ibrox Stadium. Att. 48,568
7:45 PM Kick-off

James Tavernier (50) None.

Team Managers
Mark Warburton Stevie Aitken

Starting Eleven
Wes Foderingham
James Tavernier
Rob Kiernan
Danny Wilson
Lee Wallace
Jason Holt
Andy Halliday
Harry Forrester
Billy King
Kenny Miller
Barrie McKay
Jamie Ewings .19
Gregor Buchanan .5
Mark Docherty .3
Steven Saunders .4
Calum Waters .16
Frazer Wright .22
Garry Fleming .9
Jamie Lindsay .18
Jon Routledge .17
Scott Taggart .2
Christian Nade .27

Cammy Bell
Nicky Clark
Dean Shiels
Nicky Law
Gedion Zelalem
Michael O'Halloran
Dominic Ball
Mark Brown .1
Grant Gallagher .8
Kler Heh .24
Donald McCallum .15
Kevin Cawley .7
Paul Heffernan .21

Michael O'Halleran for Barrie McKay (62)
Nicky Clark for Kenny Miller (86)
Grant Gallagher for Jamie Lindsay (61)
Kevin Cawley for Calum Waters (67)
Donald McCallum for Garry Fleming (82)

None. Jon Routledge (32)
Steven Saunders (43)
Christian Nade (88)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Steven McLean (Referee)

Match Report

THEY were expected to leave Govan bruised and battered.

But instead, Dumbarton were brave, bold and battle-hardened.

They just couldn't be the bad guys of Rangers' title party.

Outside G82, G83 and G84, Sons' chances weren't fancied. They were heading to Ibrox right in the crossfire of the team who were about to win this season's Championship.

In the end a James Tavernier goal, five minutes into the second half, was all that stood between them and a result which would have kept the Gers waiting to clinch the glory.

The Ibrox right back turned to fire home from six yards to ensure that the vast majority of a record crowd to watch Sons would leave the stadium in celebration.

While it is true to say that keeper Jamie Ewings and his defence had the inspired night they needed against a strong Rangers attack, the visitors were not disgraced.

And, as it turned out, not too much damage was done, as Hibernian fought back to beat Livingston 2-1 and keep Sons two points clear in eighth place.

That, though, is now the unenviable challenge out the way. Dumbarton now face three consecutive home games where the goals need to come.

They nearly did get them in the game's early stages. In terms of creating chances, they arguably had the better of the first 20 minutes.

Gregor Buchanan's header from Jamie Lindsay's central free kick was on target but easily saved. Lindsay looked to assist again shortly after, but his low ball into the area found Danny Wilson just before it could find Christian Nade.

That got Rangers going, with Ewings doing well to deny Harry Forrester before Kenny Miller sent a fierce effort just over.

Tavernier also narrowly missed the target, courtesy of a deflection off Lindsay, before he and Andy Halliday were denied in smart fashion by Ewings.

The Sons keeper was still on form in the early stages of the second half, facing a predictable onslaught from the home side.

He kept out Billy King twice, the second of those a goal-line effort which required Mark Docherty's help, before Forrester again was denied.

But Tavernier wasn't when a low ball came in from the right. He slid the ball home and if Sons were to get a result, they now had to step things up.

And after Tavernier had gone close again, there was just one moment when it looked as though it might happen.

Nade went for it from distance, but the home keeper was equal to it.

Rangers sub Michael O'Halloran was next to try to beat Ewings, but even with two efforts, he still couldn't get the better of Sons' number 19.

His fellow replacement Nicky Clark looked set to test him in injury time before Buchanan made a magnificent challenge to put the ball out for a corner.

At least it would have been a corner if there was any more time. There wasn't.

Rangers were champions, Dumbarton beaten but unbowed.

Match report written by Andy Galloway

Squad Statistics (as at April 5th, 2016)

2015-16 All Time
Jamie Ewings (GK)31 11 - 73 -
Gregor Buchanan26 321321
Mark Docherty27 342342
Steven Saunders25 223223
Calum Waters20 181181
Frazer Wright36 27 - 27 -
Garry Fleming28 37913825
Jamie Lindsay20 24 - 24 -
Jon Routledge26 34 - 34 -
Scott Taggart24 17 - 522
Christian Nade 31 104104
Grant Gallagher (sub)25 334334
Donald McCallum (sub)19 131183
Kevin Cawley (sub)27 353353

League Table (as at April 5th, 2016)

No league table has been added for this season.