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  • Date:11 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:12:00
  • Venue:East End Park
  • Attendance:7,464
  • Kirk (15)
  • Healy (23)
    McCulloch (38) Kerkar (84)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92:18 +2.18

Unfair challenge on Salim Kerkar by Joe Cardle results in a free kick. Joe Cardle receives a caution. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Steven Davis from left by-line, Chris Smith makes a save.

88:03

Shot by Steven Davis from 18 yards. Save made by Chris Smith.

86:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Rutkiewicz on Mervan Celik. Lee Wallace takes the direct free kick.

85:55

The assistant referee flags for offside against Martin Hardie. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

84:28

Salim Kerkar finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dunfermline 1-4 Rangers.Mervan Celik provided the assist for the goal.

82:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Burns on Steven Davis. Alex Keddie shown a yellow card. Salim Kerkar joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sasa Papac. Kirk Broadfoot takes the direct free kick.

80:45

Kevin Rutkiewicz challenges Steven Davis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

80:18

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joe Cardle.

76:22

Jordan McMillan fouled by Lee McCulloch, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Rutkiewicz restarts play with the free kick.

75:28

Joe Cardle comes on in place of Gary Mason.

75:12

Mervan Celik produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

72:02

Corner from the right by-line taken by Paul Burns, Alex Keddie takes a shot. Blocked by Sone Aluko.

66:59

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Davis, clearance made by Martin Hardie.

64:23

Martin Hardie comes on in place of Mark Kerr.

62:21

Steven Davis challenges Mark Kerr unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows Steven Davis a yellow card. Kirk Broadfoot replaces Kyle Bartley. Mervan Celik is brought on as a substitute for David Healy. Direct free kick taken by Alex Keddie.

57:28

Dorin Goian concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Buchanan. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Andy Kirk.

55:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Mark Kerr. Direct free kick taken by Dorin Goian.

54:27

Sone Aluko challenges Patrick Boyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex Keddie.

52:31

Patrick Boyle produces a drilled left-footed shot from 18 yards. Allan McGregor makes a save.

50:10

Inswinging corner taken by Sone Aluko from the right by-line, clearance by Patrick Boyle.

49:33

David Graham challenges Sone Aluko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kyle Bartley.

46:50

Gary Mason gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sasa Papac. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Davis from left channel.

46:06

Headed effort on goal by Lee McCulloch from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the goal.

39:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Kerr by David Healy. Free kick taken by Alex Keddie.

38:11

Lee McCulloch scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Dunfermline 1-2 Rangers.Assist on the goal came from Carlos Bocanegra.

37:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Kerr on Lee McCulloch. Steven Davis takes the direct free kick.

34:57

Sone Aluko fouled by David Graham, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Wallace delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

33:44

Shot on goal by Carlos Bocanegra from just inside the area goes over the target.

33:16

Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, clearance by Mark Kerr.

31:39

Corner from left by-line taken by Steven Davis.

31:08

Sone Aluko takes the inswinging corner, Patrick Boyle manages to make a clearance.

30:34

Mark Kerr concedes a free kick for a foul on David Healy. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

28:32

Steven Davis takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Carlos Bocanegra produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

28:18

Sasa Papac takes a shot. Blocked by Jordan McMillan.

27:37

Steven Davis has an effort at goal.

26:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Healy by David Graham. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Sone Aluko, save by Chris Smith.

25:21

Outswinging corner taken by Paul Burns, Lee McCulloch makes a clearance.

23:32

David Healy grabs a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Dunfermline 1-1 Rangers.Assist by Maurice Edu.

22:44

The offside flag is raised against Paul Burns. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

19:59

Header on goal by Sasa Papac from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

17:57

The offside flag is raised against Liam Buchanan. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.

16:52

Unfair challenge on Sasa Papac by Liam Buchanan results in a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.

15:08

Andy Kirk finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Dunfermline 1-0 Rangers.Patrick Boyle provided the assist for the goal.

13:52

Shot by Andy Kirk. Blocked by Carlos Bocanegra.

13:35

David Graham has an effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that bounces off the post.

11:69 +0.39

Corner from left by-line taken by Sone Aluko.

11:25

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Sone Aluko from the right by-line to the near post, Paul Burns makes a clearance.

8:38

Inswinging corner taken by Sone Aluko from the left by-line, clearance made by Liam Buchanan.

7:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Graham by Sone Aluko. Liam Buchanan takes the direct free kick.

4:08

The assistant referee signals for offside against David Healy. Chris Smith takes the free kick.

3:02

Unfair challenge on David Graham by Maurice Edu results in a free kick. Chris Smith restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

Buchanan: No pressure Striker Liam Buchanan has denied Dunfermline's bid for a first home win of the season has prayed on the players' minds and is optimistic the search can be ended against Rangers. The Clydesdale Bank Premier League's bottom club are seeking to improve on the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock and dent Rangers' title bid by claiming three points at East End Park for the first time this term. Buchanan said: "Every game at home now is an opportunity to get points on the board and to get that elusive home win. "We're all working hard to try to put it right. I don't think it weighs on your mind, it's more of a fact it's an issue and everybody's asking us. "I don't think it's affecting us, I don't think it's putting any more pressure on us. "It's not good enough, but we'll need to keep working hard and hopefully we can put it right come Saturday." Buchanan was on target in the 3-0 win at Kilmarnock last month - the Pars' only win in 15 games entering the Rangers clash. Dunfermline have five points from 12 home games this term and four away wins, but Buchanan is confident he can help the home hoodoo end against Rangers. "Every game you've got to give your all and do as well as you can do," he said. "It will be no different on Saturday. We're up against quality opposition but we just need to approach every game like we have been and hopefully we can get something out of the game. "Hopefully we can great chances and I can get on the end of them." On-loan midfielder Kyle Hutton is absent as the Pars take on his parent club. Hutton made his debut in the midweek draw with Kilmarnock, so Pars boss Jim McIntyre must make at least one change, but it is likely to be too soon for captain Austin McCann to start. Iain Turner could return in goal after missing the Killie clash with a back spasm in the warm up, but long-term absentees Paul Gallacher, Nick Phinn and Steven Bell remain out. Meanwhile, Rangers manager Ally McCoist has told his players they must keep the pressure on Celtic in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title race as they aim to keep alive their hopes of silverware this season. The Light Blues are out of every other competition following their exit from the William Hill Scottish Cup at the hands of Dundee United last week. They head into the lunchtime clash at East End Park four points adrift of Celtic in the championship and knowing they have no option but to remain within touching distance of their Old Firm rivals. McCoist said: "We have to keep asking questions and keep winning games. "Everybody at our club knows the importance of that. "It's a massive game for us on Saturday for a number of reasons, coming back off the defeat in the cup and having to maintain our league challenge." Despite the loss to United in front of an Ibrox crowd of less than 18,000, who jeered the team off the park at half-time and full-time, McCoist insists the mood in the camp is good ahead of the clash with the Pars. He said: "There is disappointment when you lose a game but we've had a couple of good meetings and the training sessions have been excellent. "The boys know what's required, they know they have to win games. "We have to do everything we can to retain our championship, which is going to be very difficult. "Celtic had a great result again the other night and that doesn't make it any easier, that's for sure." Rangers have received a double boost, with defender Kirk Broadfoot and striker Kane Hemmings both returning from injury and in the squad. Steven Naismith, Kyle Lafferty, Steven Whittaker and Jamie Ness remain on the sidelines.

Formation:442Manager: Jim McIntyre

Dunfermline

Formation: 442Manager: Ally McCoist

Rangers

  • Chris Smith
  • Jordan McMillan
  • Kevin Rutkiewicz
  • Alex Keddie
  • Patrick Boyle
  • Paul Burns
  • Mark Kerr
  • Gary Mason
  • David Graham
  • Andy Kirk
  • Liam Buchanan
  • SUBS
  • Ryan Goodfellow
  • Martin Hardie
  • Shaun Byrne
  • Joe Cardle
  • Paul Willis
  • Andy Dowie
  • Ryan Thomson

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Match Report

Four-star show from Gers Lee McCulloch grabbed his first goal of the season as Rangers fought back from behind to claim a 4-1 win and deny Dunfermline their first home victory of the campaign in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. McCulloch played as a striker earlier in his career and delivered the goods after starting up front at East End Park, as Daniel Cousin - set for a return to Ibrox - looked on from the stand. McCulloch struck after David Healy cancelled out Andy Kirk's shock opener and Sone Aluko and Salim Kerkar then added a goal apiece in the second half to earn Rangers all three points. Rangers made one change from the side who crashed out of the William Hill Scottish Cup to Dundee United last week for the clash with the Pars. Mervan Celik - who lasted just 45 minutes of his first start - was dropped to the bench and McCulloch was drafted into the starting line-up. Dunfermline were without on loan Rangers midfielder Kyle Hutton, while Iain Turner failed to recover from injury meaning Chris Smith was again in goal. It was McCulloch who had the first real chance when he collected from Healy and saw an early effort from close range blocked. But the home side could have taken the lead when David Graham burst through on goal only to see his shot crash off the post, before Liam Buchanan's rebound effort was blocked by goalkeeper Allan McGregor. Dunfermline were celebrating with 16 minutes gone though when Paddy Boyle's deep cross from the left found Kirk at the back post and he slotted home. Rangers were back on level terms within eight minutes when Maurice Edu saw his shot blocked by the goalkeeper after a one-two with McCulloch, and Healy pounced to rifle the loose ball into the back of the net. The Scottish champions were threatening again when skipper Steven Davis had a go and his shot bounced onto the crossbar and over. The visitors continued to press for a second goal and a Davis corner eventually broke for Carlos Bocanegra but his volley was well off target. The pressure paid off after 39 minutes when a Davis free-kick found Bocanegra and he teed up the shot for McCulloch to lash home his first goal of the season. McCulloch could have added to his tally shortly after the restart when he met a Healy cross and nodded just over. Rangers made a double change with just over an hour gone when Kirk Broadfoot - back from injury - and Celik were thrown into the action for Kyle Bartley and Healy. Rangers increased their lead further after 70 minutes when Aluko raced onto a pass from McCulloch and sent an unstoppable left-foot shot into the top corner from 25 yards. The winger then came to the rescue at the other end when he cleared an Alex Keddie header off the line. Celik could have added his own name to the scoresheet with a swerving effort that dipped just over the crossbar. It was another substitute, Kerkar, who had the final say when he dispatched a low shot past Smith with five minutes to go after a couple of minutes on the park.

Form Guide

    LLWLLD
  • Dunfermline
  • VS
  • Rangers
  • LLWWDW

Last Meetings

  • Rangers
  • 2 - 1
  • Dunfermline
  • 03/12/2011
  • Dunfermline
  • 0 - 4
  • Rangers
  • 24/09/2011
  • Dunfermline
  • 0 - 1
  • Rangers
  • 21/01/2007
  • Rangers
  • 2 - 0
  • Dunfermline
  • 11/11/2006
  • Dunfermline
  • 1 - 1
  • Rangers
  • 13/08/2006
  • Rangers
  • 1 - 0
  • Dunfermline
  • 25/03/2006

Top Scorers

Dunfermline

  • A Kirk 7
  • J Cardle 5
  • L Buchanan 3
  • A Barrowman 3
  • R Thomson 2
  • M Hardie 1
  • A McCann 1
  • D Graham 1
  • P Burns 1

Rangers

  • N Jelavic 9
  • SJ Naismith 9
  • K Lafferty 6
  • S Davis 3
  • M Edu 3
  • D Healy 2
  • C Bocanegra 2
  • S Aluko 2
  • G Wylde 2
  • L Wallace 1

Goals

Dunfermline

    • Total goals 81
    • Goals per game 27
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 8 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 7 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 7 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Rangers

    • Total goals 101
    • Goals per game 47
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 11 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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