Rangers scored two quick-fire goals in the second half to produce one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Scottish Premiership. Joel Nouble opened the scoring for the hosts in the fifth minute before Scott Arfield equalized in the 72nd minute. James Tavernier scored the winner in the 74th minute to seal an opening day win for the visitors. Rangers are looking to reclaim their title from rivals Celtic after a disappointing season.
Livingston boss David Martindale: “It’s frustrating because we had a foothold in the game. We got our goal the defended really well, but we knew they were going to come at us in the second half. I feel disappointed for the boys because if that came out a 1-1 draw I don’t think anybody is questioning the result. There are not many times when we lose a game of football and I actually praise the boys. I said that in the changing room.
Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst: “We had to dig deep to win today. First half we didn’t play well and we conceded the first goal too easily, but in the second half, we saw the team I like to see creating chances and dominating the game. It’s always good to start with a win. We’re now concentrating on a big game on Tuesday in Belgium. Two days preparation for that so we have to use every hour we have to make sure we’re ready.”
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