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BBC Sport's Roddy Forsyth
"There were unmistakable signs of revival about Rangers"
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Rangers manager Dick Advocaat
"I think we deserved the win. We worked very hard"
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Kilmarnock manager Bobby Williamson
"I thought our play merited more and missing the penalty did not help us"
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Wednesday, 11 April, 2001, 21:44 GMT 22:44 UK
Flo double floors Killie
Ally McCoist misses his spot kick against his former club
Ally McCoist misses his spot kick against his former club
Kilmarnock 1-2 Rangers

Two-goal Tore Andre Flo put Rangers on the way to victory as the Glasgow giants took a major step towards securing Scotland's second Champions League spot.

The Norwegian at last recaptured the kind of scoring form that inspired Rangers to pay Chelsea 12m for his services with a goal at either end of the first half.

Garry Hay pulled one back for Kilmarnock after 74 minutes to set up a tense finale.

But it was not enough to save a point on a sad night for former Ibrox hero Ally McCoist in front of 14,385 fans.

The 38-year-old failed to score his first-ever goal against the club with which he made his name after missing the chance to level the scores at 1-1 from the penalty spot.

Drew first blood

Craig Dargo was expected to return from suspension, but the on-form Kilmarnock striker pulled out through illness in the afternoon.

Tore Andre Flo drives home the opener
Tore Andre Flo drives home the opener
So we had the rare sight of two Scottish Premier League clubs facing each other unchanged from their previous matches.

The visitors drew first blood after just 40 seconds with the opener from Flo.

Flo evaded a poor challenge from defender Chris Innes before drilling low into the bottom corner from a tight angle.

It was the fourth time that Flo had scored a double for Rangers since his move north, but he has had looked out of sorts as his new side's title challenge collapsed in recent weeks.

Controversially pointed to spot

Rangers were clearly fired up by their big travelling support and Rod Wallace and Billy Dodds both fired efforts just wide.

Kilmarnock were gifted the opportunity to draw level after 14 minutes, when referee Eric Martindale controversially pointed to the spot when Kevin McGowne went down in the box.

But McCoist, in possibly his last game against his former club before he retires, failed to break his scoring duck against Rangers.

Goalkeeper Stefan Klos pushed the Ibrox legend's effort on to the post and he even got up to make another great stop to deny Andy McLaren's follow-up shot.

Scoring threat

Rangers doubled their lead seconds before the half-time whistle.

Bert Konterman downs Andy McLaren
Bert Konterman downs Andy McLaren
Fernando Ricksen crossed from the right wing for Flo to tap home from close range.

Innes was replaced by Christophe Cocard at half-time as Bobby Williamson attempted to increase his side's scoring threat.

Winger Ally Mitchell also soon replaced Antonio Calderon.

Despite a McCoist header that flew just wide, Rangers remained in cruise control but paid for settling for what they had when Hay brought Kilmarnock back into the game after 74 minutes.

Frederic Dindeleux found Hay in the box and the defender drilled an unstoppable drive past Klos.

That brought Rangers back to life and substitute Kenny Miller had an attempt cleared off the line and Flo missed an opportunity to complete his hat-trick.


Kilmarnock: Meldrum, McGowne, Innes, Dindeleux, MacPherson, Calderon, Mahood, Reilly, Hay, McCoist, McLaren.

Subs: Marshall, Cocard, Mitchell, Di Giacomo, Canero.

Rangers: Klos, Porrini, Wilson, Konterman, Numan, Ricksen, Ferguson, Wallace, Reyna, Dodds, Flo.

Subs: Christiansen, Albertz, Tugay, Miller, Fernandes.

Referee: E Martindale.

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