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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 November 2006, 16:53 GMT
Rangers 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic
Kris Boyd (centre) is congratulated for his opening goal
Kris Boyd (centre) scored Rangers' opening goal
Rangers eased the pressure on manager Paul Le Guen, but it was a far from convincing victory over bottom side Dunfermline Athletic at Ibrox.

The Glasgow side dominated the first half but were jeered from the field after going in all square at the break.

But Dado Prso set up half-time substitute Kris Boyd to fire home.

Dunfermline went close to equalising through Gary Mason, but Prso was the architect again as Stevie Smith slotted in the second goal.

Rangers manager Paul Le Guen had made five changes from the side defeated by St Johnstone in the CIS Cup in midweek.

Sasa Papac, Gavin Rae, Thomas Buffel, Filip Sebo and Boyd were all dropped to the bench.

Karl Svensson, Barry Ferguson, Lee Martin, Charlie Adam and Prso came into the starting line-up.

Struggling Dunfermline, who the previous evening announced Stephen Kenny would be arriving as manager from Derry City, were without Andy Tod, Darren Young and Mark Burchill all missed out through injury.

So Scott Morrison, Souleymane Bamba and Stevie Crawford started as the Pars were instantly under pressure.

Charlie Adam met Prso's cut-back and unleashed a shot at goal, but the effort deflected off Stephen Simmons and just wide of the post.

Adam then saw his header flash wide of the upright from close range.

Rangers were in control but were struggling to break down the Pars defence.

Dado Prso holds off Dunfermline's Jim Hamilton
Dado Prso (left) set up both goals for Rangers

And, once again, jeers rang out around Ibrox as the home side failed to open the scoring before the break.

Rangers made one change at half-time, with Lee Martin being replaced with Boyd.

They could have had a penalty shortly after the restart when Jim Hamilton appeared to handle in the box, but the pleas were ignored by the referee.

A glancing header from Adam fell wide of the upright and Barry Ferguson had an effort from close range smothered by goalkeeper Roddy McKenzie.

Rangers' better work finally paid off after 61 minutes.

Prso's head-flick found Boyd and he turned Bamba before ramming the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Simmons just failed to capitalise and grab an equaliser after a Morrison drive that flew across Rangers' goal.

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And Gary Mason fired wide after a desperate challenge from Adam inside the box as Dunfermline grew in confidence.

Novo headed over from just two yards as Rangers attempted to kill off their opponents.

Boyd was denied a goal by an offside flag after McKenzie had blocked a Prso drive.

But Prso set up Smith moments later and the overlapping full-back drove the ball home.


Rangers: McGregor, Hutton, Hemdani, Svensson, Smith, Martin (Kris Boyd 46), Ferguson, Clement, Adam (Rae 88), Prso (Sebo 88), Novo.
Subs Not Used: Klos, Buffel, Papac, Ponroy.

Booked: Smith.

Goals: Kris Boyd 61, Smith 77.

Dunfermline: McKenzie, Labonte, Shields, Bamba, Scott Morrison (Woods 78), Mason, Simmons, Owen Morrison (Daquin 83), Ross, Crawford (Williamson 90), Hamilton.
Subs Not Used: Paterson, Muirhead, Phinn, Muir.

Booked: Simmons, Bamba.

Att: 48,218

Ref: S Conroy



SEE ALSO
Le Guen relieved after Pars win
11 Nov 06 |  Rangers
Pars' Robertson retains optimism
11 Nov 06 |  Dunfermline Athletic


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