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Livingston 1-1 Rangers: Gers drop points in title race

By November 21, 2015No Comments

By Derek Clark at the Tony Macaroni Arena

A dogged Livingston held Rangers to a draw at a baltic Tony Macaroni Arena.

The Championship leaders dominated from the off but simply lacked quality in the final third.

Jason Holt opened the scoring for the visitors on 22 minutes when he slotted home after Barrie McKay had burst into the box.

McKay almost doubled their advantage ten minutes later with a curling effort that rattled back off the upright.

Livi came out fighting in the second half and drew level on 51 minutes when Myles Hippolyte fired a left-footed drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

The equaliser knocked Rangers off their stride and despite intense pressure couldn’t find the winner.

Andy Halliday came close to scoring against his old club with a 25-yard strike that was tipped away by Marc MacCallum in the Livi goal and the Lions stopper produced a stunning save to deny a Kenny Millet shot on the turn.

It was a back to the wall display from Mark Burchill’s men but he was full of praise for his player’s efforts.

“We rode our luck at times, Rangers are a very good team with some fantastic players.

“You have to stay in the game for as long as you can and when that chance comes up you have to take it.”

Meanwhile Gers boss Mark Warburton had no complaints after seeing his side drop two points.

“I thought first half we were good but second half, in truth, we lacked a little bit of quality.

“All credit to Livingston, they got men behind the ball and defended resiliently.”