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Sunday, 7 May, 2000, 20:01 GMT 21:01 UK
Rangers stroll on

Kilmarnock 0-2 Rangers

The Scottish Champions continued their leisurely amble into the end of the season with another effortless win, this time over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Even fielding a team featuring several virtual unknowns, Rangers had the lion's share of scoring opportunities and never looked like losing.

Strikes from Claudio Reyna just before half time and Jorg Albertz in the last quarter-of-an-hour secured another win for the Ibrox side and edged them closer the biggest margin of victory in the division by any side in Scottish Premier League history.

22-point margin

Even if they lose their last two games, they are still likely to have a record margin of league points victory over second-placed Celtic.

The previous biggest gap between one and two in the SPL was 15 points, predictably enough set by Rangers in the 1994-95 season.

This year they have a lead of 22 points and continue to exhibit the sort of form that makes it unlikely they will fall apart in the closing stages.

Among those included in the Rangers side were Sergio Porrini, making his first start since November, and debutant teenager Robert Malcolm.

Kilmarnock started brightly when former Ibrox star Ian Durrant went close, then Alex Burke's corner found Sean Hessey for a quality header, but Stefan Klos was equal to it.

Ton-up

The half simmered for a long time, with promising passages of play persistently breaking down into scrappy exchanges.

Rangers finally broke the deadlock when Albertz' flighted long-ball found Reyna on a diagonal run and the American made no mistake to fire home.

The score could have been doubled either side of half time, but it took Chilean Seb Rozental's clipped ball beyond the Killie defence to set up Albertz for a rocket from 30 yards, 13 minutes from the whistle.

It was Rangers' 95th league goal of the season and, like Manchester United, they now have the beguiling total of 100 to reach in their remaining matches.

Teams

Kilmarnock: Marshall, MacPherson, Innes, Hessey, McKinlay, Vareille, Holt, Durrant, Burke, Wright, Smith.
Subs: Meldrum, Mitchell, McCoist, Mahood, Fowler.

Rangers: Klos, Porrini, Penttila, Malcolm, Vidmar, Kanchelskis, Reyna, Kerimoglu, Albertz, Dodds, McCann.
Subs: Brown, Rozental, Johansson, Stone, Gibson.

Referee: Hugh Dallas (Scotland)

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