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BBC Sport's Roddy Forsyth
With a round-up of the action from Ibrox
 real 14k

Saturday, 3 February, 2001, 15:39 GMT
Rangers go second with Pars win
Allan Johnston congratulates Mols on his goal
Allan Johnston congratulates Mols on his goal
Rangers 2-0 Dunfermline

A stunning strike from Tugay and a late goal from substitute Michael Mols earned Rangers a win over brave Dunfermline at Ibrox.

The win moved Rangers into second place in the Scottish Premier League, just six points behind Celtic.

The champions never moved into top gear and the home supporters were relieved when Mols sealed the win two minutes from time.

  Key incidents
3 - Nicholson has great chance for visitors, but Klos saves
28 - Tugay puts Gers 1-0 up with sweet volley
43 - Tugay hits post with another volley
48 - hand-ball appeal against Skerla turned down
78 - Mason breaks free inside area for Pars but loses ball
88 - Mols scores Rangers' second goal
Dunfermline went away disappointed after fighting all the way, and in defender Rossi, they had arguably the best player on the pitch.

The Ibrox faithful had been growing impatient before Tugay's stunning intervention.

Their side were dominating possession but carving out few chances.

Rangers raise game

Dunfermline actually had an excellent opportunity to go ahead after just three minutes.

Doesburg played a pass over Rangers' static backline and Barry Nicholson beat the offside trap to latch onto it.

His first touch was good, but he waited too long to shoot and Klos smothered the ball at his feet.

Gradually Rangers started to raise their game and Ricksen should have scored from an inviting Kenny Miller cross when he was inside the six-yard box, but rattled the crossbar instead.

Tugay made no mistake minutes later.

The ball fell to him 30 yards out when the Pars cleared a Numan cross and he hit an instinctive half-volley that curled past Ruitenbeek's left side and into the net.

The goal inspired Rangers and they began to dominate.

Tore Andre Flo battles with Youssef Rossi
Tore Andre Flo battles with Youssef Rossi
Mols came on for Vidmar near the interval and almost scored immediately, but Scott Thompson athletically cleared off the line.

Then Tugay struck another sumptuous volley, this time from the right corner of the area, but his shot struck the foot of the post.

Rangers were in control after the break but created curiously few goalscoring opportunities.

Substitute Mols was their most impressive player, but his marker Rossi marshalled him effectively, although aggressively.

The home side appealed vociferously for a penalty late on, claiming that Skerla had handled in the box, but the referee waved play on.

Dunfermline then showed their threat on the break when Mason broke free in the area but was crowded out by two Rangers defenders.

But late on Michael Mols dashed the visitors' hopes by coolly slotting home inside the area.


Teams:

Rangers: Klos, Ricksen, Vidmar, Wilson, Numan, Reyna, Tugay, Konterman, Johnston, Miller, Flo.
Subs: Mols, Christiansen, Hughes, Malcolm, Carson.

Dunfermline: Ruitenbeek, Skinner, Scott Thomson, Skerla, Rossi, Dair, Nicholson, Doesburg, Petrie, Bullen, Crawford.
Subs: Scott Y Thomson, Hampshire, Mason, Boyle, Dijkhuizen.

Referee: Alan Freeland.

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