Result: Rangers beat 10-man Peterhead

A Francisco Sandaza goal is enough for Rangers to take a win against Peterhead in the Scottish Third Division.

A first-half goal was enough for Rangers to take all three points against 10-man Peterhead in the Scottish Third Division this afternoon.

Rangers' Francisco Sandaza celebrates after scoring the opener against Peterhead on January 20, 2013© PA Photos

The home side had an early chance when Ryan McCann floated a cross to Scott Ross, which forced a save from Rangers keeper Neil Alexander.

The league leaders were slow to get in to the match, creating few chances in the opening 20 minutes.

The breakthrough came in the 30th minute as a Lee Wallace strike was parried to Francisco Sandaza, who fired the ball into the net to put the visitors ahead.

The goal boosted Rangers, and they started the second half pushing for another goal, with Ian Black, Andrew Little and Chris Hegarty among those looking dangerous for the away side after the break.

Peterhead's hopes of a comeback were dealt a blow when Rory McAllister was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the game, leaving the hosts a man short for almost half an hour.

Peterhead's Rory McAllister leaves the field after being sent off in the match against Rangers on January 20, 2013© PA Photos

There were few chances for either side towards the end of the match, as both seemed happy to settle with the 1-0 scoreline.

The win extends Rangers' lead in division three to 19 points, while Peterhead move into the top four.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist on the touchline on December 29, 2012
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