Rangers claim 5-1 victory over Queen of the South at Palmerston

Rangers' Andrew Halliday (right) scores his side's first goal of the game
Rangers' Andrew Halliday (right) scores his side's first goal of the game

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Rangers moved two points clear at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship as they beat Queen of the South 5-1 at Palmerston.

The Ibrox men were three goals up within quarter of an hour as they sparkled against the Diamonds but it took them that long just to conjure their first chance against Queens.

Andy Halliday put his team ahead after 28 minutes.

The hosts who saw their hopes evaporate as two controversial moments at the start of the second half swung the game decisively in Rangers’ favour.

First Derek Lyle was given his marching orders on 48 minutes after a face-off with Rob Kiernan. The forward definitely motioned with his head towards the former Wigan defender but it was a soft call by ref Bobby Madden.

The Dumfries crowd were left fuming again three minutes later when Rangers won a penalty as Andy Dowie collided with Dominic Ball as James Tavernier sent a cross to the back post.

Martyn Waghorn rubbed salt into Doonhamer wounds though as he slotted away his spot-kick.

Jason Holt and Barrie McKay added two more for the visitors before Aidan Smith bagged Queens’ consolation.