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Sunday, 12 May, 2002, 14:39 GMT 15:39 UK
Pars hold Rangers
Chris Burke was given a chace to impress for Rangers
Dunfermline 1-1 Rangers


Dunfermline and Rangers ended the season with an uninspiring draw at East End Park.

The visitors took a first half lead courtesy of defender Craig Moore but the Fifers hit back via Stevie Crawford late in the game to ensure a share of the spoils.

A drab game was devoid of many goal-scoring chances and there was little for the crowd to cheer.

The biggest round of applause was reserved for former Rangers midfielder Ian Ferguson, who was playing his last game for Dunfermline before heading to Australia for a new career.

The 35-year-old received a presentation from both clubs before kick-off and a standing ovation from both sets of fans.

Nerlinger and Nicholson challenge
Pars boss Jimmy Calderwood also handed a first start to midfielder Kevin McLeish.

Rangers also used the occasion to give fringe players a try out, with goalkeeper Allan McGregor handed his second start while two of his Under-18 team-mates, Tom Brighton and Chris Burke, were also in the starting XI.

Rangers took the lead in the 29th minute when Moore got a touch to Neil McCann's in-swinging corner.

McGregor pulled off a quality save to deny Colin Nish after the striker had been found in space in the box by Stewart Petrie.

At the other end, Andrius Skerla brought Dodds down right on the edge of the box and Marco Ruitenbeek dived to his right to palm away Lorenzo Amoruso's goalbound free-kick.

Ferguson basks in the East End Park applause
Ian Ferguson said his farewells
Ferguson set up a glorious chance for Crawford - but the Scotland striker spurned the opportunity by firing across goal and wide.

McCann was Rangers' most dangerous player and one his runs ended with a fine cross for substitute Michael Mols, but the Dutch forward could not direct his header on target.

Dunfermline were rewarded for their graft four minutes from time when Crawford latched on to a headed lay-off from Nish and drove the ball firmly past McGregor to level the scores.

Mols took time to wave to the crowd and sign autographs after the final whistle, suggesting he would not be at Rangers next season.

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BBC Sport's Ian Turner
"A poor end-of-season encounter"
Dunfermline's Ian Ferguson
"I've got a lot of great memories."
Rangers manager Alex McLeish
"We would have liked three points."

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