Rangers 2-0 Livingston RECAP: First half double from Aribo and Defoe extends Ibrox lead at top to six points

Rangers returned to domestic duty looking to extend their position at the top of the SPFL Premiership this afternoon with the visit of Livingston.

Gary Holt, manager of Livingston interacts with Kemar Roofe after the Scottish Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on August 16, 2020. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard’s side were in fine fettle following consecutive 2-0 victories over Celtic and Standard Liege in the past week, added to the same scoreline success over Ross County at Ibrox before the international break.

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They added another through Jermin Defoe and Joe Aribo’s goals in the first half.

The Light Blues have only dropped points on two occasions this season, however the first was to Gary Holt’s men in a 0-0 draw at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Holt’s side made the trip from West Lothian in joint eighth place with 11 points from 11 games, but they couldn’t add any despite some second half pressure

Follow the action as it happened in our live SPFL Premiership matchday blog including all the build-up, in-play updates and post-match reaction and analysis from the SPFL Premiership clash.

Rangers v Livingston RECAP: Build-up, in-play updates, match reaction and analysis

Last updated: Sunday, 25 October, 2020, 15:41

  • FT - Rangers 2 Livingston 0
    (Aribo 9, Defoe 15)
  • Aribo scores rebound to give Rangers lead
  • Defoe adds well-weighted second on first start since January

Steven Gerrard makes five changes to the side which won 2-0 against Standard Liege

Livingston also ring the changes

Rangers’ five changes to the starting line-up have very contrasting previous starts.

Here’s a look at the five

Steven Davis - last start vs Celtic, October 17

Joe Aribo - last start vs St Johnstone, August 12

Filip Helander - last start vs Celtic, October 17

Jermain Defoe - last start vs Ross County, January 29

Calvin Bassey - last start vs Motherwell, September 27

DJ at Ibrox has had a topical song choice for the pre-match music, among the tunes was, unsurprisingly, the 'Roof is On Fire’

Ten minutes until kick-off

Not long until kick-off now, and Rangers can go SIX points clear at the top with a win after Celtic’s 3-3 draw at Aberdeen.

In their way is Gary Holt’s Livingston who are one of just two teams (Hibs were the other) to take points from Steven Gerrard’s side.

Show Racism the Red Card

The players hold red cards aloft as part of the week of action for Show Racism the Red Card, and then take the knee before Livingston take kick-off.

Underway at Ibrox

Early attack from Rangers up the right but Jermain Defoe is caught offside.

Joe Aribo is the central figure in Rangers’ three-pronged attacking midfield. Kent left, Hagi right in behind Defoe.

JET (Jay Emmanuel Thomas) is the high man for Livi, marshalled by Filip Helander, with Scott Pittman playing off him.

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