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Result: Lewis Macleod seals the points for Rangers

Rangers keep up the pressure on Scottish Championship leaders Hearts with a 1-0 win at Livingston.

An acrobatic effort from Lewis Macleod in the first half proved enough to give Rangers three points against Livingston in the Scottish Championship this afternoon.

The Gers survived an early scare when hesitation at the back allowed Danny Mullen to collect a stray ball on the edge of the box, but his effort sailed over the bar.

Rangers took the lead in spectacular fashion in the eighth minute as Macleod met Ian Black's cross with an overhead kick that ended up in the top corner.

Ally McCoist's side almost doubled their advantage in the 17th minute as Black won the ball in the centre of the park and played in Nicky Clark, whose strike was saved well by Darren Jamieson.

It should definitely have been 2-0 early in the second half when Richard Foster laid the ball on a platter for Kris Boyd to tuck away inside the box, but the veteran striker scuffed his shot and put it wide.

Livingston remained under intense pressure and they had Jamieson to thank for keeping them in it in the 55th minute, when he produced a superb save to deny Gers captain Lee McCulloch from close range.

The hosts had a couple of chances to sneak an equaliser against the run of play, the best coming in the 68th minute when Michael McKenna tested Gers keeper Steve Simonsen with a header at the back post.

They came close again six minutes later as Kyle Jacobs's header from a tight angle needed a goalline clearance from Black to keep it out, but 1-1 would have flattered Livingston.

The result leaves Rangers in second place in the table, six points behind leaders Hearts, while Livingston are down to eighth.

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Rangers manager Ally McCoist looks on from the stand during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Newcastle United at Ibrox Stadium on August 06, 2013
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