Summer Rangers move already proving priceless in Livingston victory
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Summer Rangers move already proving priceless in Livingston victory

Rangers might’ve handed debuts to four new players against Livingston, but it was two Ibrox stalwarts who ensured the Premiership season got off to a positive start.

The Gers have had a busy summer with no fewer than seven new faces coming into the club as they target regaining the Premiership title from Old Firm rivals Celtic.

As part of the 2-1 win over Livingston, Rangers fans would get their first competitive glimpses of John Souttar, Tom Lawrence, Antonio Colak and Malik Tillman.

But it was substitute Scott Arfield and the ever-reliable club captain James Tavernier who would dig the club out of a hole and overturn a 1-0 deficit in the second half.

Rangers had gone into the break 1-0 down courtesy of a neat lob from Livingston striker Jon Nouble, the big forward capitalising to beat Jon McLaughlin after a long-ball caused confusion in the Rangers defence.

With the Ibrox side huffing and puffing in their attempts at an equaliser, and Antonio Colak unfairly seeing a goal chalked off for offside, Gio turned to the bench and Ibrox veteran Scott Arfield.

Rangers veterans turn up in Premiership Livingston victory

Arfield, 33, was handed a new one-year deal in the summer and it’s a move which is already paying dividends as he flashed a header past Shamal George to level the score line.

If Rangers go on to lift the title in what is sure to be a tight race with Celtic, the decision to give Arfield a new deal will have already proved priceless.

Club captain Tavernier, himself reportedly on the verge of putting pen to paper on a new contract, would step up moments later to lash in a stunning free-kick and secure the victory for Rangers.

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The contribution of both Ibrox veterans proved essential as Rangers got off to a winning start in a tricky tie away to Livingston and fans will now turn their attention to the Champions League qualifiers.

Rangers are Belgium-bound to face off against Union Saint Gilloise this week and don’t bet against the likes of Arfield and Tavernier once again proving essential in the hunt for a group stage place.

Meanwhile, a former Rangers striker is reportedly amongst the frontrunners being tipped for a sensational Premiership return.

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