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Sunday 4 December 2016

Rangers outclassed at Ibrox in Scottish Premiership play-off final

Rangers' Darren McGregor scores a goal during the Scottish Premiership Play Off Final, first leg match at Ibrox, Glasgow
Rangers' Darren McGregor scores a goal during the Scottish Premiership Play Off Final, first leg match at Ibrox, Glasgow

Rangers face being locked out of the Scottish Premiership for another 12 months after Motherwell grabbed a shock 3-1 first-leg lead in their Scottish Premiership play-off final.

The Light Blues are desperate to fight their way back to the top division after three years in the lower-league wilderness. But it is former Sligo Rovers boss Ian Baraclough whose team now looks set to preserve their 30-year top-flight run.

Lee Erwin's heavily deflected shot gave the visitors a 27th minute lead and Stephen McManus' header 13 minutes later doubled their advantage.

Lionel Ainsworth fired home an emphatic third in the 47th minute as Motherwell continued to dominate the match.

Darren McGregor pulled a goal back for the 54-times Scottish champions in the 82nd minute before team mate Kris Boyd had an effort ruled out for offside.

Motherwell held on to record their first victory at Ibrox since 1997.

Rangers' bid for promotion is hanging by a thread ahead of the second leg at Fir Park on Sunday.

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