Date: 31st August 2015 at 8:03am
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Rangers’ Scottish Championship season continued, as it has with every previous game, with a win! This latest one came at Palmerston Park against Queen of the South on Sunday.

Not only was it an eighth win from eight under Warburton it was another convincing win with Halliday, two from Waghorn, Holt and McKay all on target, a consolation from Smith, in a five-one win.

The intention, once more, was clear from the very beginning of the game that Rangers meant business but it took almost half an hour to make the breakthrough. McKay and Waghorn working to put in Halliday (28) who beat QoS ‘keeper Thomson to open the scoring.

Rangers suffered a setback when captain Wallace was forced off soon after; with a reminder from the home side they were still in the game when Harris forced a save out of Foderingham.

Waghorn was denied a second before the break by a recovering Higgins challenge with QoS having a great chance to pull level just before the break, if Conroy had gone it alone he possibly would have scored, however his decision to look to pick out Lyle allowed Wilson to cut this out.

Minutes into the second half QoS were down to 10-men when Lyle, little in it or not, right in front of the referee moved his head towards Kiernan as they went ‘head to head’, which resulted in Lyle seeing red!

When Dowie conceded a penalty shortly after it was left to Waghorn (52) from the spot and he made no mistake to make it two-nil, which soon became three when Holt (59) was able to run onto a Zelalem through ball to score ahead of the hour.

Not much past the hour came number four! Waghorn and Miller working together to give McKay (64) the chance he had with a simple finish.

A difficult QoS afternoon wasn’t made any easier when Spurs loanee Oduwa came on for the last quarter, or so, of the game with him showing his trickery once more.

This Oduwa skill won one freekick that resulted in a Russell handball to block it, meaning Rangers had a second penalty of the game. As with the first Waghorn (76) made no mistake in beating Thomson for the Gers’ fifth.

Queen had the last say, Smith (81) getting onto the end of a long ball forward, getting the better of Kiernan and beating Foderingham to deny him a cleansheet but Rangers had won comfortably, five-one, to stamp their authority once again to end August very much in control of the Championship table already.

 

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