Rangers too strong for Dunfermline

Updated: September 24, 2011

Rangers bounced back from their midweek League cup defeat as they beat Dunfermline four nil at East End Park.

Steven Naismith scored twice and Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu also each grabbed a goal as the Scottish champions handed manager Ally McCoist the perfect birthday present.

McCoist, who turned 49, will have been pleased with not just the way his side bounced back but also the fact that the win kept his side top and piled the pressure on Celtic.

The former Scottish star reverted to the team that came from 2-1 down to beat their nearest rivals last week with Allan McGregor, Edu, Naismith and Nikica Jelavic returning after missing the midweek clash.

Rangers didn’t have to wait long to open the scoring against a Dunfermline side yet to win at home as with just eight minutes gone Steven Davis’s corner was headed home by Bocanegra to claim his first SPL goal for the club.

Rangers were two up on 17 minutes when fellow American Edu collected a short pass from Jelavic and sent an impressive effort into the net from all of 20 yards.

Rangers should have added to their total before half time however Davis’s header went wide after good work by Jelavic.

However the away support didn’t have to wait long for a third as on 51 minutes Naismith raced onto a pass from Davis and kept his cool to slot home.

Dunfermline should have made it 3-1 when David Graham found himself with only McGregor to beat but the goalkeeper did well to make an important block.

Naismith got his second nine minutes from time as Rangers continued their early season form to run out comfortable winners.

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