By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rangers are seven points clear in second place after a 2-1 win over ten-man Falkirk.
Rangers are seven points clear in second place in the Scottish Premier League after a 2-1 home win over ten-man Falkirk.
On a newly-laid Ibrox pitch, Walter Smith's side took the lead 11 minutes before the break when Kris Boyd neatly controlled Alan Hutton's ball forward before finishing past on-loan Bairns goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
John Hughes's side pulled level in the second half when January signing Carl Finnigan (64) beat the Rangers offside trap to take Alan Gow's through ball and finish past Gers keeper Allan McGregor.
The Old Firm club restored their lead nine minutes later when Gers captain Barry Ferguson (pictured) finished off a scramble in the Falkirk box from a tight angle, as the visitors failed to deal with a Rangers free-kick.
Falkirk's chances of getting back into the game effectively ended when Tam Scobbie was sent off for cutting down Chris Burke in his own half.
Despite the win, Rangers were left sweating over the fitness of Ferguson after he picked up a suspected groin injury that may see him miss Thursday's crucial Uefa Cup tie with Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
Earlier on Sunday, Dundee United and Hibernian played out a less than eventful goalless draw.
Both sides created chances on a bumpy Tannadice Park pitch, but a draw was destined to be the result on Tayside.
Guillaume Beuzelin nearly gave Hibs an early lead, but the former Le Havre man hit the United crossbar after four minutes.
Barry Robson proved the main threat for The Terrors, as he created chances of his own in either half, while striker Noel Hunt forced Hibs goalkeeper Simon Brown into a fine save in the late stages.