RANGERS have finished off the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship season on a positive note after a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Wednesday evening.
The result was enough for West Brom to clinch second spot and automatic promotion to the Premier League after a two-year absence while Rangers ended the campaign on 14th spot on the ladder.
The R’s took the lead after 34 minutes courtesy of Ryan Manning’s low drive from outside the area before Grady Diangana equalised a minute before the break.
Callum Robinson’s goal five minutes after the restart put the Baggies ahead until Ebere Eze’s gorgeous finish after 61 minutes drew Rangers level.
Despite both sides pushing hard for a winner in the final 10 minutes it would end all square in the West Midlands.
Following Saturday’s 4-3 win over Millwall, Mark Warburton made one change to his starting XI, with Bright Osayi-Samuel coming in to replace Mide Shodipo.
The R's lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation: Joe Lumley; Osman Kakay, Conor Masterson, Yoann Barbet (captain), Manning; Dom Ball, Geoff Cameron; Luke Amos, Ilias Chair, Eze; Osayi-Samuel.
It was the home side who began the match on the front foot as they had two decent looks at goal within the opening 10 minutes.
Five minutes in and Lumley was called into action as the Rangers number 1 was out quick to smother Diangana as he broke into the box.
Minutes later and there was another let off for the R’s as Robinson’s glanced header trickled just wide of Lumley’s post.
Romaine Sawyers fired another warning after 15 minutes, his effort from outside the area needing to be palmed away for a corner by Lumley.
Rangers did well to stem the flow thereafter and began to see more and more of the ball as the half progressed.
And they would in fact find themselves ahead after 34 minutes as Manning netted his second in as many games, firing a low left-footed drive from 20 yards out into Sam Johnstone’s bottom right-hand corner.
The lead would only last nine minutes as Diangana would bring West Brom level with a neat finish inside the box after being put through by Robinson.
It would prove to be the final act of the first half as the sides headed into the break locked at 1-1.
West Brom wasted no time picking up where they left off and went 2-1 up just 4 minutes after the restart.
This time it was Diangana who turned provider for Robinson, the former breaking free down the left before squaring the ball across for an easy tap-in for the frontman.
Robinson should’ve added a third moments later though could only guide his finish into the side netting.
The Baggies would come to rue that miss as Rangers drew level on the hour mark courtesy of Eze.
Barbet’s long diagonal ball found Eze striding down the right, the number 10 setting himself up with a lovely touch forward before curling a delightful right-footed effort into the far corner for his 14th goal of the season.
In what was an open and end-to-end last 20 minutes, Lumley’s strong left hand denied an almost certain goal for Filip Krovinovic’s in the 72nd minute as West Brom searched for a winner.
Semi Ajayi had a fantastic opportunity to find said winner six minutes from time but he could only head wide from just metres out.
It would prove to be the last genuine chance of the match as the match ended 2-2, both sides taking home a point to end the season.