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BBC Scotland's Bill Moulds reports
"At the end of the day, a bit of a rout."
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Rangers manager Dick Advocaat
"We deserved to win."
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Kilmarnock boss Bobby Williamson
"We played well at times."
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Saturday, 12 May, 2001, 17:57 GMT 18:57 UK
Summer stroll for Gers
Fernando Ricksen lunges in to deny Jesus Sanjuan
Fernando Ricksen lunges in to deny Jesus Sanjuan
Rangers 5-1 Kilmarnock

Rangers gave their fans something to cheer about at the end of a dreadful season at Ibrox but there were boos in the Ibrox air come full time.

The cat calls were aimed at Kilmarnock manager Bobby Williamson, himself a former Ranger, whose crime was not to give the Ibrox faithful one last look at Ally McCoist.

McCoist is about to retire and this was his last chance to play at the stadium where he became the club's all-time record goalscorer, but he was kept on the bench, although that did not stop him coming on afterwards to milk the applause.

The result meant little for Rangers who had already secured second place but was a blow for Killie who are still hoping to secure a Uefa Cup spot.

Rangers manager Dick Advocaat restored two players who had been hardly seen for months - Ronald de Boer who started for the first time following a knee operation and young winger Peter Lovenkrands, who came on as a second-half substitute.

De Boer notched the opener in the 19th minute with a header from a Jorg Albertz corner, which had been Rangers first meaningful attack of the game.

Amoruso plants a kiss on McCoist after the game
Amoruso plants a kiss on McCoist after the game
It was hacked away off the line by Mark Reilly, but a quick consultation between referee Mike McCurry and linesman Neil Brand ruled the ball had already crossed the line.

With 66 minutes gone Lovenkrands' speed caught Freddie Dindeleux in possession in his own area and the Dane squared the ball to Wallace for a simple tap-in.

De Boer almost grabbed a second, but his magnificent long-range effort was acrobatically saved by Colin Meldrum.

From the resulting corner Lorenzo Amoruso leaped highest at the near post to make it 3-0 with a header.

Kilmarnock's reply was instant with Alan Mahood supplying Craig Dargo for a clipped finish.

Wallace netted the fourth, his second, when he blasted past Meldrum after a clever head down by Flo.

Reilly and de Boer tussle for the ball
Reilly and de Boer tussle for the ball
Amoruso saw a header cleared off the line by Reilly but there was still time for Flo to make it 5-1 when he turned Chris Innes in the box and fired through Meldrum who should have done better.

Kilmarnock had come to Ibrox with a defensive formation, leaving just Dargo up front but on two occasions, early in each half, the lone striker might have made a big impact.

In the third minute Klos denied him from point-blank range after Jesus Sanjuan had robbed Tugay.

In the 46th minute, Dargo was the supplier, seemingly setting up Mahood for an easy chance in front of goal but somehow the midfielder made no connection.

Twice in the first half Klos was required to make acrobatic saves to deny the Sanjuan, who was at the heart of most of the good things about his team's performance.


Rangers: Klos, Moore, Konterman, Amoruso, Ricksen, de Boer, Tugay, Albertz, Numan, Wallace, Flo.

Subs: Christiansen, Dodds, Wilson, Lovenkrands, Kaupilla.

Kilmarnock: Meldrum, MacPherson, Innes, Dindeleux, Hay, Reilly, Mitchell, Sanjuan, Mahood, Calderon, Dargo.

Subs: Stewart, McCoist, Di Giacomo, McLaren, Fowler.

Referee: Mike McCurry

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