Rangers struck three minutes from time to move to within four points of their first Scottish Premiership title in 10 years with a 1-0 victory over Livingston at the Almondvale Stadium on Wednesday evening.
An 87th Alfredo Morelos strike saw the Gers past a resilient Livingston side, with manager Steven Gerrard sent off at half time following a confrontation with referee John Beaton.
The victory moves Rangers 18 points clear of rivals Celtic at the Scottish Premiership summit, and they could seal the league title at Celtic Park when the two sides meet in the Old Firm on 21 March.
In a first 45 of few chances, Morelos saw Rangers‘ most promising opening of the half as he broke into the Livingston box, knocking the ball over Max Stryjek before appearing to be brought down by the hosts’ goalkeeper. However, referee Beaton deemed the forward to have dived, and booked him for simulation.
This was a decision that did not go down well with boss Gerrard, who confronted the referee after the half time whistle. The former Liverpool midfielder was shown one yellow, and then another, and was forced to watch the second period from the stands.
Connor Goldson had the ball in the net for Rangers in the opening exchanges of the second half, but saw his header disallowed for offside.
Morelos should have given Rangers the lead as the clock ticked down, but saw his header from close range flash wide. However, he atoned for his miss three minutes from time, tucking home after Stryjek palmed Steven Davis’ strike into his path.
The result sees Rangers move to within touching distance of their first top flight title in a decade. Gerrard’s side play St. Mirren on Saturday, and victory will leave them needing just a point from their clash with rivals Celtic a fortnight later to be crowned champions of Scotland.