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BBC Sport's Ian Brown
"Livingston thoroughly deserved their jigs of delight"
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Livingston boss Jim Leishman
"I'm just about as happy as I can be"
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Rangers boss Dick Advocaat
"That wasn't good enough for Rangers"
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Saturday, 4 August, 2001, 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK
Livvy force Rangers to toil
Phillipe Brinquin celebrates with Livvy's fans
Phillipe Brinquin celebrates with Livvy's fans
Rangers 0-0 Livingston

Scottish Premier League new boys Livingston provided Rangers with a double scare at Ibrox.

The Glasgow club laboured to a goal-less draw in front of their disapproving fans and suffered several worrying injuries ahead of their midweek Champions League tie.

Livingston gave Dick Advocaat's side enough problems to suggest that Rangers are ill-prepared to face Turkish champions Fenerbahce.

And Argentine superstar Claudio Caniggia and Craig Moore suffered knocks during a second-half of end-to-end action when either side could have snatched victory.

Andrei Kanchelskis is in despair
Andrei Kanchelskis is in despair
There was no absence of confidence in the visiting side as they made their debut at Ibrox.

Jim Leishman fielded no fewer than six players who at one time or another have been classed as forwards.

And they took the game to Rangers in the early stages.

But it was Rangers who created the first threat.

A low cross from Fernando Ricksen encouraged Caniggia to challenge the diving Javier Sanchez-Broto.

The goalkeeper was left with a serious cut to his left eyelid but managed to carry on.

Javier Sanchez-Broto lies injured
Javier Sanchez-Broto lies injured
Neil McCann continued where he had left off in midweek against Maribor and skipped past Phillipe Brinquin before setting up Caniggia inside the box.

But the Argentine's low shot was well held by Sanchez-Broto.

Johnston sent a curling drive a few yards over from the edge of the box.

Livingston started creating chances of their own and Ricksen's challenge prevented Barry Wilson doing more than sending a header a few feet over.

Craig Moore was booked for a late challenge on David Fernandez and McCann was lucky to escape a card for a lunge at Brinquin as Rangers' frustration became evident.

Rangers goalkeeper Stefan Klos then did well to parry Davide Xausa's low drive following a free-kick.

David Fernandez and Stephen Hughes
David Fernandez and Stephen Hughes
That inspired Rangers manager Dick Advocaat to replace Tore Andre Flo with Michael Mols at half-time as he searched for a greater goal threat.

Mols immediately caused problems, pulling the ball down superbly and the Dutch striker's shot on the turn was brilliantly blocked one-handed by Sanchez-Broto on the line.

But Livingston should have taken the lead.

A cross from Barry Wilson found David Bingham and Xausa charging into the Rangers box.

The Canadian international's outstretched leg may have put off Bingham as last season's top scorer struck the inside of the post with his header from eight yards.

Rangers stormed up the other end and young midfielder Stephen Hughes played a one two with Mols only for Sanchez-Broto to block his side-footed effort from 12 yards.

Andrei Kanchelskis replaced Johnston and Nathan Lowndes won his Livingston debut in place of Wilson as the two managers searched for a winner.

Caniggia then hobbled off to be replaced by Kenny Miller.


Rangers: Klos, Ricksen, Wilson, Moore, Vidmar, Johnston, Hughes, Konterman, McCann, Caniggia, Flo.

Subs: Christiansen, Mols, Kanchelskis, Ross, Miller.

Livingston: Sanchez-Broto, Brinquin, Rubio, Andrews, Bollan, Wilson, Quino, Lovell, Bingham, Fernandez, Xausa.

Subs: McEwan, Tosh, Lowndes, Hart, Caputo.

Referee: A Freeland.

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