Rangers 1-0 Livingston: Scott Arfield goal earns hosts win

Scott Arfield’s solitary goal was enough to secure Rangers a Scottish Premiership win at home to Livingston.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but was put back 24 hours due to a waterlogged pitch.

Livingston keeper Ryan Schofield made three superb first-half saves, including tipping Andy Halliday’s effort on to the bar.

But Arfield scored the match’s only goal with half an hour remaining, having been set up by Ianis Hagi.

The result keeps Rangers 10 points adrift of leaders Celtic, who beat Aberdeen earlier in the day, though Steven Gerrard’s men have a game in hand.

Livingston, who struck the post late on through Lyndon Dykes, are four points behind Aberdeen in third place, with a superior goal difference.

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Visiting manager Gary Holt brought in keeper Schofield for his first league game as Rangers loanee Robby McCrorie was unable to play against his parent club.

Aymen Souda had an early angled drive which missed the target but was kept in by the strong wind. The Livingston defence repelled several crosses into the box and in the 17th minute Schofield denied home striker Alfredo Morelos inside the six-yard box.

Moments later, Ryan Kent curled a shot just past the far post after being sent clear by Arfield in a swift counter-attack, before Nikola Katic headed over from 12 yards after an attempted clearance looped into the air.

In the 35th minute Davis played in left-back Halliday, but Schofield brilliantly tipped his toe-poke from close range on to the bar and over for a corner, but again Gerrard’s team failed to capitalise.

Schofield again came to the West Lothian side’s rescue when he blocked a drive from Davis after the Northern Irishman had been slipped in by Hagi, and then saved a low drive from Kent in the 54th minute.

At the other end, Rangers keeper Allan McGregor had to make a superb save from Souda’s acrobatic close-range strike to keep the game goalless.

The unmarked Arfield changed that when he took a pass from Hagi, turned and beat Schofield with a powerful drive for his fourth goal in three games.

Morelos had the ball in the net in the 71st minute but the flag was up for offside.

Almost 10 minutes later Livi striker Dykes took a pass from substitute Dolly Menga and crashed a volley off the post with McGregor beaten, before testing the Rangers keeper with another drive.

The visitors continued to push for an equaliser but their efforts were in vain. Rangers nearly doubled their lead late on, but the offside flag denied substitute Florian Kamberi after he had netted.

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Match Stats

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Match ends, Rangers 1, Livingston 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Livingston 0.

Greg Stewart (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dolly Menga (Livingston).

Nikola Katic (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ricki Lamie (Livingston).

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Andrew Halliday.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Joe Aribo replaces Alfredo Morelos.

Attempt saved. Lyndon Dykes (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Connor Goldson (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ricki Lamie.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Greg Stewart replaces Ianis Hagi.

Lyndon Dykes (Livingston) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dolly Menga (Livingston).

Nikola Katic (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lyndon Dykes (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Craig Sibbald replaces Robbie Crawford.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ciaron Brown.

Ianis Hagi (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricki Lamie (Livingston).

James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dolly Menga (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Jack McMillan replaces Aymen Souda.

Attempt missed. Ryan Jack (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Robbie Crawford (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ianis Hagi (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Robbie Crawford (Livingston).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ciaron Brown.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ciaron Brown.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ciaron Brown.

Attempt blocked. Florian Kamberi (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Dolly Menga replaces Steven Lawless.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 1, Livingston 0. Scott Arfield (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ianis Hagi.

Attempt saved. Aymen Souda (Livingston) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Florian Kamberi replaces Ryan Kent.

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

Aymen Souda (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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