A superb winner from a former Rangers player for Livingston against Celtic softened the blow of the Gers’ concerning flag day slip up against Motherwell.

When Fashion Sakala scored his first competitive Rangers goal to put the hosts one up at Ibrox, it looked like being a comfortable afternoon for the champions.

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Fashion Sakala netted his first Rangers goal to put the hosts in front. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, they were unable to put the game to bed, and soon after the Light Blues had wasted a golden chance from a breakaway, Kaiyne Woolery grabbed an unlikely point for the visitors with a tidy finish.

It was yet another concerning performance from Rangers, who were without a host of key players but also had more than enough quality in the matchday squad to secure all three points.

However, Celtic’s defeat at Livingston does soften the blow considerably in terms of the title race.

The Hoops have struggled badly in West Lothian in recent seasons and a former Rangers player ensured that trend continued.

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Andrew Shinnie, who joined Livi in the summer window following a spell at Charlton Athletic, scored the only goal of the game in the 25th minute, rifling a shot past Joe Hart after being picked out by Jackson Longridge.

It was the 32-year-old first goal since returning to Scottish football and it ensured that the gap between the Old Firm widened to four points, despite the Gers’ own slip-up.

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Former Rangers player Andrew Shinnie scored a fine winner against Celtic to soften the blow of the Gers’ flag day draw. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Another former Rangers player, Jason Holt, contributed to the Livi win, playing the full 90 minutes in midfield, while Ibrox loanee Ben Williamson played an hour.

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