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Friday, 13 September, 2002, 14:30 GMT 15:30 UK
Rangers make Livi pay
Maurice Ross celebrates his first goal for Rangers
Maurice Ross opened the scoring for Rangers
Livingston 0-2 Rangers

Rangers made Livingston pay for the red card shown to Cherif Toure-Maman and remain top of the Scottish Premier League.

Scotland defender Maurice Ross made a dream first start for Rangers this season to open the scoring shortly after the dismissal of the Livi midfielder.

Only a string of saves from goalkeeper Stefan Klos had prevented Rangers falling behind before that nightmare two minutes.

But the Glasgow side went on to record a comfortable win when Marvin Andrews pulled down Peter Lovenkrands in the box and Barry Ferguson settled the game from the penalty spot.

Both sides had rung the changes following midweek matches, with Livingston introducing seven and Rangers two.

The visitors had moved to the top of the table on Wednesday thanks to a 2-0 Ibrox win over Hearts but at the cost of injuries to Ronald de Boer and Arthur Numan.

Cherif Toure-Maman is shown the red card
Livi's Cherif Toure-Maman was sent off
In came Ross at left-back and Billy Dodds also won his first start of the season up front.

Only goalkeeper Javier Sanchez Broto, defenders Marvin Andrews and Oscar Rubio, plus midfielder Quino, survived Livi's midweek defeat at Dundee.

Gustave Bahoken, Lee Makel and Philippe Brinquin were out injured.

So there was a first start for deadline signing David McNamee, who joined Gary Bollan, captain Stuart Lovell, Toure-Maman, Barry Wilson, Rolande Zarate and Juanjo Camacho as the additions to the starting line-up.

Livingston took the game to Rangers and came close to opening the scoring when Klos had to block an effort from six yards by Quino.

Claudio Caniggia was causing problems at the other end and twice went down in the box claiming a penalty.

The first challenge by Marvin Andrews was certainly debatable, but the second by Gary Bollan was so inocuous that it was inevitable that the Argentine was shown the yellow card for diving.

Broto was forced to palm away a low, mis-hit drive by Fernando Ricksen, but Livi were still creating the better chances and a Toure-Maman shot was net-bound until Robert Malcolm deflected the ball clear.

A Barry Ferguson free kick was deflected just wide off the shin of Dodds as luck came close to handing Rangers the lead.

Rangers full-back Kevin Muscat did little to enhance his reputation as a hot-head when he elbowed Camacho in the face, but the incident spotted by the television cameras was missed by the referee.

Zarate missed a great chance when he pounced on slack play in the Rangers defence.

Barry Ferguson celebrates scoring the second goal
Barry Ferguson scored from the spot
But, with only Klos to beat, the striker allowed the goalkeeper to save at his feet.

Muscat was eventually booked after the break when he followed through on Camacho.

Livi were down to 10 men after 58 minutes when Toure-Maman was late going for a challenge on Ricksen and received his second yellow card.

Moore came close immediately when he met a corner, but his downward header bounced wide of the post.

They did make the breakthrough after Ferguson's through ball put Ross clear and the defender drove the ball under Broto.

Livi were still in the game until substitute Lovenkrands' speed won him a penalty following a late challenge from Andrews and Ferguson was, not for the first time this season, clinical from the spot.

Livingston: Broto, McNamee, Rubio, Andrews, Bollan, Quino, Lovell (O'Brien 69), Toure-Maman, Wilson (Dadi 74), Zarate, Camacho (Bingham 62). Subs not Used: McEwan, Dorado.

Booked: Toure-Maman, Wilson, Zarate.

Sent Off: Toure-Maman.

Rangers: Klos, Muscat, Moore, Malcolm, Ross, Ricksen, Ferguson, Arteta, Dodds (Lovenkrands 66), Arveladze, Caniggia (Latapy 76). Subs not Used: McGregor, Mols, Konterman.

Booked: Caniggia, Muscat.

Goals: Ross 61, Ferguson 87 pen.

Attendance: 10,003

Referee: K Clark.

BBC Scotland's Alastair Alexander
"The turning point was Toure-Maman's ordering off"
Rangers manager Alex McLeish
"We managed to grind out the victory"
Livi coach David Hay
"The sending off made it almost impossible"
Rangers captain Barry Ferguson
"We're happy to come away with three points"
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