Ryan Hardie struck nine minutes from the end to give Rangers a 1-0 win at the end of a game of few chances in which the sides repeatedly cancelled each other out.

The striker took advantage of a defensive mix-up to lift the ball over stranded home keeper Mark Hurst from 30 yards to settle the match.

It was the only genuine moment of quality in the match and it gave Gers their fourth victory of the league season, giving them a run which includes just one defeat in six games.

Durie said: “We’re delighted with the three points. It wasn’t a classic and we always thought one goal could win it.

“We thought it might be a mistake or a bit of magic that would settle it and it ended up being a bit of both.

“Their goalie hesitated a wee bit and fair play to Ryan. He didn’t have his best game tonight but when you’ve that ability to get a goal from nothing there’s always a chance.

“He has that in his locker. He scored a goal very similar to tonight’s last week against Spartans at Ibrox and he made something out of nothing.”

The current good run Gers are now on – which includes a 4-0 SFA Youth Cup victory against Spartans last Wednesday – is a marked improvement on the way their season began.

They kicked off with three defeats against Partick Thistle, Hamilton Accies and Aberdeen and Durie is happy with the turnaround in fortunes.

He added: “We’re delighted with the way things are going. It wasn’t the best of starts from us and we knew it was going to be a tough season.

“With the amount of boys we’ve got out on loan, it was always going to be a changeable side but the players are handling that well.”

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