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Rangers stroll past sorry Stranraer

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Rangers put the off-field troubles to one side as they picked up their second win from two SPFL League One matches as they search for a second straight promotion with a comfortable 3-0 win over Stranraer.

As expected Rangers started on the front foot just a few minutes in a Lee Wallace free-kick delivered to the back post found Jon Daly he got there before his marker but the big Irishman was left frustrated as his effort clipped the bottom of the post.

From the resulting throw-in Rangers took the lead - Ian Black with the long-range effort which was deflected into the back of the net by forward Andy Little, for his first goal of the season, the second goal came just minutes later a long diagonal pass from Faure found Little who played the ball across goal for Macleod to arrive at the back post and cutely lift the ball over the out-rushing Mitchell in the Stranraer goal to double the lead.

Rangers wasted no time in getting the third and effectively killing off any challenge from the part-time opposition - Nicky Law floated the corner from the right, onto the head of the unmarked captain Lee McCulloch to head home and put Rangers on easy street.

Stranraers' efforts were few and far between the only effort of note in the first period for them was a free-kick from Aitken which was superbly turned over the crossbar by Gers stopper Gallacher.

Rangers almost got a fourth when Macleod's cross-come-shot hit the crossbar and went behind as the teams went in for the interval- with the game virtually over.

Rangers came out for the second period in positive fashion Lewis Macleod broke down the centre of the field before failing to find Little with his cross, only for Little to cross for Jon Daly to knock the ball into the path of Dean Shiels who fired over from six-yards out.

It just got worse for the hosts as the earlier-cautioned, Aitken took Macleod down with a cynical tackle to leave the official with no choice but to show the midfielder a second yellow and a red. Rangers despite taking their foot off the gas, continued to look for the fourth goal this time Macleod - who was at the heart of everything good about Rangers all day found Crawford who saw his near-post drive denied by Mitchell.

Law and McCulloch both had efforts late on but the three first-half goals were enough to give the Third Division Champions maximum points ahead of their next away trip to Airdrie on Friday.

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