Livingston couldn’t cause another upset on home soil against Rangers, losing 2-0 at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
Livi headed into this game winless in four following their historic win over Celtic and Rangers extended that run to five with an away victory.
Joe Aribo opened the scoring before Alfredo Morelos added another in the second half to confirm Livi’s defeat. It leaves the West Lothian club three points above the relegation zone.
Here are three things we learned.
Plenty was made of Livi’s physical approach ahead of the game, with Steven Gerrard demanding his players got better protection from the officials during the clash (Scotsman).
Livi weren’t able to fully impose this style on Rangers this time around though. The usual hard work was there and they certainly put themselves about, but it wasn’t as effective.
In the end Gary Holt’s side were toppled by the gulf in technical quality but the Lions boss will be pleased with the effort his side put into the game.
Fine margins for Livingston against Rangers
During the first half Holt’s plan was working to great effect. Rangers had no time on the ball and were met by the challenge the home side presented them.
They may have been hanging on a bit, but Livi were doing enough to stay in the game. One lapse in shape at the back though allowed Rangers to score with one of their few chances in the game.
It was a harsh lesson for Holt’s team as they were made to pay for one opening up at the back. It left them chasing the game and it was always going to be difficult once Rangers made the breakthrough.
Morelos managed to get behind the Livi backline and end the contest during the second 45 minutes, leaving Livi with too much to do.
Buoyed by his Montenegro call-up in recent weeks, Matija Sarkic was brilliant once again for Livi.
He made two particularly good stops in the first half, including a strong save to parry a deflected Rangers effort, before saving Glen Kamara’s shot with some style.
Again his commanding of the box was good and his distribution eased pressure at times. Sarkic will be going into the Montenegro camp on the back of another impressive display.