Dado Prso grabbed the only goal of the game after seven minutes to hand Rangers the win at East End Park. The victory allowed Rangers to move to within two points of leaders Celtic in the Bank of Scotland Premier League table ahead of next week’s Old Firm clash.
Rangers manager Alex McLeish had put their midweek defeat by Dundee United down to a bad day at the office, but he was well aware that a similar result against Dunfermline would not be acceptable to the Ibrox faithful. McLeish was disappointed his side could not wrap up the three points against the Pars before the interval.
“They made a slow start and Davie Hay probably hammered his team at half-time. It was more of an ugly game in the second half and we never got into a rhythm. But, at the same time, we defended quite stoutly and, but for one scare in the first half, I felt we were reasonably comfortable.”
The Ibrox manager is confident his strikers will be ready for the arrival of Celtic next Sunday. McLeish said: “The form the other night against Dundee United didn’t worry me. The start of today’s game was magnificent but it became rough and tumble. But games can be like that. I have no worries at all over the form of Prso and Nacho Novo. Strikers cannot miss too many at the level we are striving for. Nacho had scored a lot more than he has missed this season - a lot more - and he should be OK.”
: Stillie, Skerla, Scott Wilson, Scott Thomson, Campbell, Donnelly (Mehmet 63), Mason, Darren Young, Derek Young, Hunt, Hristov (Christiansen 76).
: Waterreus, Ross, Malcolm, Kyrgiakos, Ball, Ricksen, Buffel (Namouchi 79), Ferguson, Vignal, Prso, Novo (Arveladze 60).
: K Clark (Scotland).