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Rangers look weary but patience pays dividends


Ian Black scored from 30 yards at Ibrox last night

Ian Black scored from 30 yards at Ibrox last night


Ian Black scored from 30 yards at Ibrox last night

Rangers 3 Forfar Athletic 0: Rangers shrugged off the disappointment of double cup exits to get back to winning ways in Scottish League One as Ian Black, Bilel Mohsni and Dean Shiels struck in a 3-0 win over Forfar.

However, it was another weary display from Ally McCoist's men as they struggled to overcome the Loons.

They had to wait until the 68th minute for Black's spectacular opener before Mohsni and Shiels added a shine to the score with a pair of headers.

The Glasgow giants bore a hungover look following successive defeats to Ramsdens Cup final opponents Raith and Dundee United in Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final.

The third-tier champions had only their unbeaten league record to think of as they welcomed Dick Campbell's side, and it ended up being a drab affair for all.

Keeper Steve Simonsen was back in the Light Blues line up despite a late howler on Saturday.

Deputising for the injured Cammy Bell, he gifted the ball to Nadir Ciftci in the build-up to the Taysider's clinching third.

But the 35-year-old Englishman was handed a warm ovation by the home support.

The same could not be said for the Rangers board, who were heckled throughout by sections of the club's support.

The Loons, the only other team to beat McCoist's side this season after August's League Cup shocker, were undone when Black fired home from 30 yards out.

And Rangers netted again as Mohsni nodded in from close range, while Shiels did the same from substitute Fraser Aird's low cross five minutes from the end.

Belfast Telegraph