Rangers 1 - 0 Dumbarton

League - Championship
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, 7:45 PM at Ibrox Stadium
Attendance: 48,568
Referee: Steven McLean
Rangers v Dumbarton, Apr 5th 2016, Ibrox Stadium
Rangers Dumbarton 

Goalscorers
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
Frazer Wright
Gregor Buchanan
Mark Docherty
Steven Saunders
Calum Waters
Jamie Lindsay
Jon Routledge
Scott Taggart
Garry Fleming
Christian Nade

Bench
Cammy Bell
Nicky Clark
Dean Shiels
Nicky Law
Gedion Zelalem
Michael O'Halloran
Dominic Ball
Mark Brown
Kler Heh
Donald McCallum
Grant Gallagher
Kevin Cawley
Paul Heffernan

Substitutions
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)

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

Red Cards
None. None.

Appearances & Goals To Date
Jamie Ewings (GK) 73 apps -
Frazer Wright 27 apps -
Gregor Buchanan 32 apps1 goal
Mark Docherty 34 apps2 goals
Steven Saunders 22 apps3 goals
Calum Waters 18 apps1 goal
Jamie Lindsay 24 apps -
Jon Routledge 34 apps -
Scott Taggart 52 apps2 goals
Garry Fleming 138 apps25 goals
Christian Nade 10 apps4 goals
Grant Gallagher (sub) 33 apps4 goals
Donald McCallum (sub) 18 apps3 goals
Kevin Cawley (sub) 35 apps3 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Calum Waters (20 years 31 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 113 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 57 days
Domestic Players:9 (81.82 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Kler Heh (19 years 171 days)
Oldest Player:Frazer Wright (36 years 113 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 10 days
Domestic Players:13 (76.47 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

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 by Andy Galloway

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