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By Bert Houston
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Rangers edge ahead in playoffs

Queen of the South 1, Rangers 2 (Lyle 63, Smith 42, Shiels 74)

 

QUEEN of the South were just edged out 2-1 by  Rangers in this first leg of the playoffs for a place in the top flight but their fighting display left their fans hopeful that they might still win the battle at Ibrox on Sunday.

It was only a goal 15 minutes from time by Dean Shiels that separated the two teams and through disappointed at the result, manager James Fowler  certainly wasn’t disappointed with his players: “If they play like that in the next game we will still be in the tie…..and I’m sure people watching will have felt we gave a good account of ourselves.

“Rangers have a slight advantage but I don’t think there is much between the teams ad we have shown earlier in the season that we can go to Ibrox and perform well.”

This was the first time Rangers have had to face a play off tie and with the openingt game at the Palmerston ground where they had already lost twice this season – losing five goals in the process and failing to score.

Queens on the other hand had won their way through to the play-offs last season and manager James  Fowler was spurring his side on to go at least one better this time than going out in the first round as they did to Falkirk last season.

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