Rangers ran out 3-1 winners in a potentially troublesome trip to Livingston in a result that gives Gio van Bronckhorst his first league win as manager with Joe Aribo stealing the show in West Lothian.

The Gers made only one change from the impressive 2-0 midweek victory over Sparta Prague with Scott Arfield coming in for Steven Davis.

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Joe Aribo stole the show for Rangers fans as they ran out 3-1 winners over Livingston. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Calvin Bassey retained his spot at centre-back with Ianis Hagi, Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo tasked by Rangers to play behind Alfredo Morelos.

And it was the returning former Canadian captain who’d make the difference early on as Arfield chipped outrushing Livi keeper Max Stryek following a lovely pass by James Tavernier.

It was a lovely chipped touch from Scotty Arf and set Rangers on their way with the Ibrox side showing some attitude on their return to Livingston.

Joe Aribo – arguably the club’s best player so far this season – would then double the lead within 15 minutes with a stunning, curling effort from the edge of the box which hit the underside of the bar and went in.

In a moment which sums up the stylish, technically talented and often effective nature of Aribo’s play, it was a stunning strike and had the Gers threatening to run riot.

However, a Bruce Anderson strike into an open net had Livi back in the match later in the first half after Connor Goldson was beaten by the ball over the top and Mcgregor had initially produced a good save.

Allan McGregor would be called into action once again to save from Livingston after Borna Barisic once again failed to stop a cross coming into the box.

However, the Gers would hold on until half-time and in the second period turned the screw in order to get that all important third.

On came Zambian striker Fashion Sakala and he would power home the final goal of the match with a header from a James Tavernier corner and secure the points for the Gers.

But it was Joe Aribo and his stunning first half strike which stole the show for Rangers fans who took to Twitter after the match to praise the Nigerian:


Rangers retain top spot in the Scottish Premiership and the result makes it two out of two for Giovanni van Bronckhorst as Ibrox manager.

Next up is Hibs for the Gers gaffer and an early chance for Rangers to avenge the Premier Sports Cup defeat at Hampden.

Fans are certainly taking to their new gaffer as the adoption of a chant for the Dutchman goes to show after only a matter of games.

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