By Craig Turnbull at Ibrox
James Tavernier’s 13th strike of the season clinched the Scottish Championship title for Rangers and with it promotion to the top fight of Scottish football after a comfortable win over Dumbarton.
The hosts dominated for large spells but couldn’t find a way through a stubborn Dumbarton backline until Tavernier converted from close range in the second half.
Rangers continued to control the game in the second half but Christian Nade almost stunned Ibrox with a terrific 30-yard drive but the result never looked in doubt.
Mark Warburton succeeds in achieving promotion in his first year in charge, completing a long, arduous journey after four years in the lower leagues for the Light Blues.
There was a vibrant atmosphere inside Ibrox before the game as Rangers looked to seal their return to the top flight of Scottish football in front of the home faithful.
But the Sons were determined to spoil the party mood and set their stall up accordingly with ten men behind the ball to frustrate the hosts.
After a very quiet opening spell Rangers started to breach the firm resistance of Dumbarton,with Forrester coming close before Miller nearly connected with McKay’s cross-cum-shot.
Dumbarton were well-organised, disciplined and offering some robust tackles with Halliday on the receiving end from Routledge who was cautioned for the challenge.
Rangers continued to forage for openings, Miller curled wide after intricate play on the edge of the box before Tavenier’s ferocious strike deflected over.
The full-back was then left frustrated again by goalkeeper Jamie Ewings who tipped his free kick over the bar.
However, Tavernier was finally to get the better of Ewings minutes after half-time.
The Sons’ shot-stopper did well to deny King’s volley and a Forrester drive as Rangers came flying out the traps, but he could do nothing about Tavernier’s effort after Holt’s cutback found him in the six-yard box.
Tavernier sensed further opportunities to add to his tally and met Forrester’s delivery with a powerful downward header but it didn’t have enough angle on it to beat Ewings.
Nade almost silenced Ibrox with a terrific long-range effort at the other end for the visitors.
Before the normal pattern of play resumed with substitute O’Halloran only being denied by the outstretched foot of Ewings after an incisive Halliday pass.