Livingston frustrate Rangers as Myles Hippolyte goal ensures a draw
Rangers suffered more frustration on the road as the Ladbrokes Championship leaders were held to a 1-1 draw at Livingston.
Jason Holt gave Mark Warburton's side the lead with his fifth goal of the season but they were denied the win by a team 26 points behind them when Myles Hippolyte lashed home the equaliser just after half-time.
Rangers, whose proud 100 per cent start to the league ended when they lost to title rivals Hibernian at the start of the month, threw everything at Mark Burchill's dogged outfit in the closing stages but left the Tony Macaroni Arena with only a point.
The draw means it is now only goal difference keeping Rangers above their Easter Road foes, although they do have a game in hand on Alan Stubbs' side.
Warburton put out the same side that put four goals past Alloa at Ibrox before the international break, while Kieran Gibbons was again in the Livi line-up after facing flak from Gers supporters for the horror tackle he committed on Nathan Oduwa when the sides met last month.
With temperatures lingering just above freezing, it took the league leaders time to warm up.
But after eventually clicking through the gears, Rangers did turn the heat up on their opponents as Holt slotted home the opener after 22 minutes.
Declan Gallacher looked to have come to Livi's rescue as he got a boot to a Lee Wallace pass just as it looked set to fall at striker Martyn Waghorn's feet 10 yards from goal. But the Livi centre-back made a mess of his clearance, sending the ball straight to Holt, who punished the mistake by burying a low shot under Marc McCallum.
Barrie McKay came close to the second when he cut inside and thudded the base of the post but only after the hosts were denied a penalty as a Jordyn Sheerin shot struck Rob Kiernan's arm.
Livingston started the second half more brightly than Rangers and levelled within six minutes of the restart. Ben Gordon was allowed to step out of defence to shoot. His strike made it only as far as defender Dominic Ball, but Hippolyte stepped onto the rebound and drilled it past Wes Foderingham from 20 yards out.
The Lions were putting Rangers' resolve to the test. They responded with an Andy Halliday strike brilliantly saved by McCallum, while their goalkeeper did even better to deny a stinging volley from substitute Kenny Miller.
Waghorn then saw an effort deflected after twisting one way and another looking for space. Livi survived another scare when Jackson Longridge headed away another Miller strike as the Glasgow giants piled on the pressure.
But with Rangers looking increasingly desperate, Waghorn was booked for diving at the death as he tumbled at the feet of Hugo Faria in a failed bid to win a spot-kick.