Written by – Jamie Currie
They have done it. Rangers booked their long-awaited return to the top-flight with a 1-0 victory over a stuffy Dumbarton side on Tuesday.
Rangers had Dumbarton pinned in their half for most game. Barrie McKay, Kenny Miller, and Andy Halliday all had early efforts to score, but their shots went wide or they were saved by the impressive Jamie Ewings.
The second period started in the save vein. Ewings denied Billy King after some good play down the right. But the pivotal moment of the game arrived. It was a lovely move down the right-hand side, King was involved again, he fed Forrester
and he slid the ball through to Jason Holt; the little midfielder found James Tavernier inside the box, unmarked and he placed a low shot beyond Ewings. Tavernier went close to a second, but his header was held by Ewings. Dumbarton had one effort of note as Wes Foderingham had to be alert to deny Christian Nade‘s long-range effort.
Rangers had a two more chances towards the end to seal the game, but Ewings made two smart stops from subs Clark and O’Halloran.
It was a night for getting the job done, and Rangers did it. But it was also a night for the squad, and the management team, and the fans to savour.
MAN OF THE MATCH
A good performance from the right-back and he capped it off with a goal.
There is still a lot of work to be done. Don’t forget this is a young squad, we’re only ten months in and 11 players came in right at the start of the season.
So what we have to do is keep working, keep developing and keep getting better every day.“There are a lot of bad moments in football. This club has had those in the last four or five years so we have to do is enjoy the moment and then go and put on a show on Sunday.”
“The fans support has been magnificent. It will never be taken for granted.
“We know what it costs and the sacrifices that are made to support the team and the backing we’ve had all season, home and away, has been quite outstanding.”
“I’m delighted. There was a very clear agenda. David and I knew what we had to do and that was win the Championship.
“It’s a great club and a great city where people are passionate about their football. I’m delighted to be here and what we have to do is make sure we take the club forward.”
STAT OF THE MATCH
Rangers have won eight games this season by a 1-0 scoreline.
James Tavernier’s goal that won Rangers the game and the Championship.
- Dumbarton were well-organised and Rangers found them hard to break down in the first half.
- James Tavernier played in the right-half position for most of the game, allowing him to create havoc for the Dumbarton defence and his goal was testiment to this.
- Billy King had his best performance in a Rangers shirt. He was pacey, direct and caused Dumbarton problems. He was a constant threat and was unlucky not to score.
- The defence were relatively solid and did well to snuff out any potential Dumbarton attacks – the clean sheet was most welcome.
The chance for this squad to win their second trophy of the season in the Petrofac Cup final on Sunday at Hampden.