Rangers 0 Motherwell 0: Sorry Gers wrap up final home game with Steelmen draw
14:12 GMT, 5 May 2012
Rangers' final game at Ibrox this season ended in stalemate as they were held to a goalless draw by Motherwell in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
The club had dedicated the match to the fans – with the number 12 jersey to be retired from next season in honour of the support – but the Light Blues faithful left without the win they craved.
As well as taking a point from this clash, third-placed Motherwell also claim the Champions League spot which has been denied administration-hit Rangers next term.
Stalemate: Neither side could find a way through to seal the three points
Rangers: McGregor, Bartley, Goian (Perry 30), Bocanegra, Whittaker, Edu, McCabe (Bedoya 66), Ness (Little 66), Wallace, Aluko, McCulloch.
Subs not used: Alexander, Broadfoot, Healy, Mitchell.
Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Hutchinson, Clancy, Hammell, Humphrey, Jennings, Lasley, Law, Ojamaa (McHugh 84), Murphy.
Subs not used: Hollis, Saunders, Craigan, Daley, Forbes, Carswell.
Referee: William Collum (Scotland)
Rangers made one change from the side who thrashed Dundee United 5-0 midweek for the visit of Well.
Salim Kerkar missed out with an ankle
problem and was replaced by Lee McCulloch, who recovered from the knock
that restricted him to a late substitute appearance against United.
Motherwell also made a single change after beating Hearts, with Henrik Ojamaa replacing the injured Michael Higdon.
Rangers had the best of the chances
early on and Sone Aluko set up McCulloch for the shot inside the box in
the opening minutes but his effort was blocked by Tom Hateley.
Kyle Bartley then had a go from the
edge of the area but goalkeeper Darren Randolph was untroubled as the
shot dipped just over the crossbar.
The home side continued to push
forward in search of the opener and McCulloch's cutback was collected by
Aluko but his tame shot was gathered by Randolph.
Rangers were forced to make a change
after just half an hour when Dorin Goian limped off, with what looked
like a knee problem, and was replaced by Ross Perry.
Motherwell then carved out a couple of
half-chances and Ojamaa did well to round goalkeeper Allan McGregor but
opted to play the pass rather than have a shot at goal himself.
Heads up: rangers season is ending with a whimper on the field
With five goals to enjoy on Wednesday
night, Rangers fans grew restless as the home side failed to convert
their superior possession into a goal before the break.
Both teams looked livelier after the
restart and Steven Whittaker tested Randolph, before McGregor was called
into action to block a low shot from Keith Lasley.
Whittaker then attempted to turn provider with a cross for McCulloch but the big utility man nodded wide of target.
Motherwell had a decent chance when
Chris Humphrey burst into the box and tried to set up the shot for Jamie
Murphy in front of goal but Perry managed to clear the danger.
Credit due: McCoist salutes the Rangers fans as McCall encourages his players at Ibrox
At the other end, Randolph stood tall to block one on one from Lee Wallace.
Rangers made a double change when Andy
Little and Alejandro Bedoya were thrown into the action in place of
Jamie Ness and Rhys McCabe.
The Glasgow giants should have opened
the scoring when Aluko's corner was met by Carlos Bocanegra but Little
inadvertently blocked the header from finding the back of the net.
Maurice Edu pounced on the rebound but Randolph was up to the task again with another fine save.
Rangers claimed for a penalty when
Little went to ground in the box but the pleas were ignored by referee
Willie Collum as the match ended goalless.
Tribute: the Ibrox faithful say thanks to manager Ally McCoist