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More agony for Rangers after defeat to Kilmarnock

Rangers' Kirk Broadfoot reacts during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Rangers' Kirk Broadfoot reacts during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Rangers' Ally McCoist shakes hands with Kilmarnock's Kenny Shiels before the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Rangers manager Ally McCoist during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
A Rangers fan in the stands after the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Rangers football fans show support for their club during the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 18: Media set up for the funeral service for Whitney Houston outside near the New Hope Baptist Church on February 18, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. Whitney Houston was found dead on February 11, 2012 in her room at The Beverly Hilton hotel. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 18: Media sets up outside of Whitney Houston's funeral at the New Hope Baptist Church on February 18, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. Whitney Houston was found dead in her hotel room at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11, 2012. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 18: A poster of Whitney Houston is seen near her funeral at New Hope Baptist Church on February 18, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. Whitney Houston was found dead in her hotel room at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11, 2012. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Rangers football fans show support for their club during the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Lee McCulloch of Rangers reacts to a disallowed goal during the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: The scoreboard shows the final score during the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: David Healy of Rangers puts the ball past James Fowler and Cammy Bell of Kilmarnock for a disallowed goal during the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Rangers football fans show support for their club ahead of the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Rangers football fans show support for their club ahead of the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Lee McCulloch of Rangers reacts to a disallowed goal during the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Rangers football fans hold banners aloft as they show support for their club during the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Rangers football fans show support for their club ahead of the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Rangers football fans show support for their club ahead of the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: A Rangers fan wearing a shirt with the message 'United We Stand' poses outside the ground as he shows his support for the club ahead of the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Rangers football fans show support for their club ahead of the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Rangers football fans show support for their club during the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Rangers football fans show support for their club during the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Rangers football fans show support for their club during the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Rangers football fans show support for their club during the Clydesdale Bank, Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 18, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Rangers 0 Kilmarnock 1: A turbulent week for Rangers ended in further disappointment as they crashed to defeat to Kilmarnock in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League in their first match since being forced into administration.

The official attendance confirmed that 50,268 fans packed into Ibrox to show their backing for manager Ally McCoist and his players during the club's darkest hour.

However, Dean Shiels grabbed the only goal of the game to inflict Rangers' first home defeat of the season in the SPL, with a red card for Sasa Papac adding to the misery.

Rangers made one change for this contest, with Kirk Broadfoot replacing Kyle Bartley. That meant there was no place for Daniel Cousin, after the Scottish Premier League last night blocked the striker's registration due to the club's financial position.

Kilmarnock were without the suspended Dieter van Tornhout for the sold-out clash.

The Rangers fans were keen to generate an atmosphere to rival that of an Old Firm derby and the home side responded early on by carving out the first real chance.

Kilmarnock were forced into last-ditch defending when Garry Hay cleared a Lee McCulloch header off the line.

But it was the visitors who took the lead when Dorin Goian slipped, allowing Shiels to fire a low shot past Allan McGregor after 12 minutes.

The Light Blues could have hit back when Carlos Bocanegra nodded just over the bar from a Sone Aluko corner.

Rangers thought they had hauled themselves back into the game when David Healy had the ball in the back of the net after 24 minutes, but the offside flag was raised.

Aluko then sent a free-kick just over from 22 yards after McCulloch was fouled by Michael Nelson.

However, Kilmarnock still looked dangerous and James Fowler saw his effort flash across goal and just wide.

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell then had to react quickly to block an Aluko effort and smother on the line.

Rangers were dealt a further blow when Papac was shown a straight red card for a high challenge on Liam Kelly after 42 minutes.

Gers boss McCoist made a change at the interval, with Mervan Celik replacing Healy.

But it was Kilmarnock who almost added to their lead when Mohamadou Sissoko collected a Fowler cross and drove just over the crossbar.

Salim Kerkar was introduced to the action for Broadfoot, before Aluko blasted well over as the search for an equaliser became more desperate.

Home supporters were cheering when McCulloch bulleted home a header from Aluko's corner after 68 minutes - but again they were denied a goal after referee Iain Brines ruled there had been a foul in the goalmouth area in the build-up.

The fans attempted to rouse the players in the closing stages but Rangers were unable to find the leveller, leaving Celtic now in a position to extend their lead at the SPL summit to 17 points with victory over Hibernian tomorrow.

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