Motherwell 3 Rangers 0 (6-1 agg): Miserable return for McCall

Scott McDonald's Motherwell retained their Scottish Premiership status after a 3-0 win over Rangers in the second leg of their play-off.

Rangers missed out on a return to the Scottish Premiership after losing 3-0 to Motherwell in the second leg of their play-off, leaving them with a 6-1 aggregate defeat.

Marvin Johnson scored the opening goal of the game at Fir Park early in the second half, his deflected long-range shot somehow evading visiting goalkeeper Cameron Bell as he back-pedalled towards his line.

Any lingering hopes Rangers had of finding a way back into the tie were extinguished when the hosts doubled their lead with 20 minutes to play.

Johnson turned from scorer to provider for Motherwell's second, his run down the left setting up a shooting opportunity for Lionel Ainsworth.

Ainsworth's initial effort was on target, though it struck a defender to leave poor Bell completely wrong-footed.

Salt was rubbed into Rangers' wounds when substitute John Sutton converted a penalty in injury time, the spot-kick being awarded after Lee McCulloch had flicked out a leg to bring down Lee Erwin.

McDonald had gone close to opening the scoring after half an hour, when he almost got on the end of an Ainsworth cross.

Motherwell continued to push and McDonald dipped a shot just wide after combining with Johnson soon after.

But the goals would come in the second half as Motherwell ensured their top-flight status.

Rangers had left themselves with too much to do after losing the first leg 3-1 at Ibrox.

It all made for a miserable return to his old club for former Motherwell boss Stuart McCall, as his current employers were consigned to another season outside Scotland's top flight.

After the full-time whistle, Rangers' Bilel Mohsni and Motherwell's Irwin were involved in a physical confrontation.

Erwin pushed Mohsni, who retaliated by kicking and punching the forward in an ugly finish to the tie.