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Saturday, 27 October, 2001, 18:25 GMT 19:25 UK
Reyna ruins Livvy's record
Claudio Reyna holds off the challenge of Davide Xausa of Livingston
Reyna was the star of the show for Rangers
Livingston 0-2 Rangers

Captain America Claudio Reyna scored two goals to send Rangers on the way to a comfortable victory over 10-man Livingston.

The US skipper struck in either half to end Livingston's unbeaten home record - and then dedicated his goals to the victims of the New York terrorist attacks.

Rangers impressed throughout and rarely allowed an opening for the home side, whose misery was completed when Marvin Andrews was sent off in the second half.

The win gives Dick Advocaat's men a seven-point cushion over their hosts in the SPL - but they remain well off the pace of leaders Celtic.

Three up front

Rangers were clearly in a mood to attack, as Claudio Caniggia was restored to the line-up and joined Shota Arveladze and Tore Andre Flo in a three-pronged forward line.

Third-placed Livingston, who started the game four points and one place behind the visitors, named an unchanged line-up after last week's 5-1 thumping of Kilmarnock.

  Match facts
23: Reyna sends Rangers on the way
58: Reyna pounces from close range
63: Andrews is sent off, but Flo misses penalty
But Rangers dominated from start to finish, with the livewire Caniggia a constant threat.

And after a number of early half-chances, it was no surprise when Rangers took the lead with their best move of the first half.

Fernando Ricksen clipped a precise pass down the inside-right channel for Caniggia, who held off Rubio's challenge, sprinted to the by-line and pulled the ball back into the penalty area.

Reyna, timing his run to perfection, did not break stride as he stroked a side-footed shot past keeper Nick Culkin.

Rangers defender Arthur Numan then narrowly escaped being sent off, following a clash with Barry Wilson.

Fernando Ricksen (left) of Rangers gets past Livingston's Francisco Quino
Ricksen takes on Quino
Wilson appeared to leave his feet in when he challenged Stefan Klos - and Numan leapt to his keeper's defence, shoving the Livingston striker to the floor.

The offence could quite easily have earned Numan a red card - but the referee decided it was worthy only of a booking.

Livingston were struggling to impose themselves - and they were grateful to Culkin for keeping them in the game with a sharp save from Ricksen in first-half injury time.

Double trouble

Livingston's hopes of getting something from the game were effectively extinguished by Reyna's second goal just before the hour mark.

Again Caniggia had a crucial role to play, as his fizzing right-wing cross was nodded back across goal by Flo for Arveladze.

The Georgian's diving header was brilliantly kept out by Culkin - but Reyna was on hand to slam the ball in from point-blank range.

Livingston battled gamely on and Stuart Lovell tested Stefan Klos with a fierce long-range drive.

Their fate looked to be sealed, though, when Andrews hacked down Flo in the area and was sent off.

Flo dusted himself down and took the penalty himself - but his poor effort was saved by the impressive Culkin.

With a numerical advantage, Rangers began to treat the game like an exhibition, but although Flo hit the post they were unable to add to their tally.


Teams:

Livingston: Culkin, Brinquin, Santini, Andrews, Rubio, Tosh, Lovell, Wilson, Quino, Xausa, Bingham.

Subs: McEwan, Del Niro, Caputo, Aurellio, Fernandez.

Rangers: Klos, Ricksen, Moore, Amoruso, Numan, Konterman, Caniggia, Flo, Reyna, Ferguson, Arveladze.

Subs: Christiansen, de Boer, Ball, Ross, Lovenkrands.

Referee: J Underhill (Scotland)

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BBC Sport's Andy Gillies
"This was a deserved three points for Rangers"
Rangers manager Dick Advocaat
"It was a good performance"
Rangers' Claudio Reyna
"We've been getting good results and playing well"
Livingston coach David Hay
"I didn't think we did ourselves justice"
See also:

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Celtic leave it late against Killie
26 Oct 01 |  Scot Prem
Dons hold on to beat Hearts
26 Oct 01 |  Scot Prem
Dundee edge it over Hibs
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