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Rangers knock Queen of the South out of play-offs

Queen of the South have been knocked out of the Scottish Championship play-offs at the hands of Rangers.

Trailing 2-1 from the first-leg at Palmerston Park, the Doonhamers took a surprise lead in the return tie at Ibrox through Derek Lyle in the second-half.

But the Glasgow giants hit back on the hour mark through Lee Wallace, giving them a 3-2 aggregate win.

Queens defender Andy Dowie signs new contract

Andy Dowie Credit: Queen of the South FC

Queen of the South have announced that defender Andy Dowie has signer a new contract, keeping him at Palmerston Park for another year.

"Andy has been outstanding this season and to have secured him for another year is fantastic news.

"We see him as a key part of the squad and having already re-signed Chris Higgins, Derek Lyle and Iain Russell for another campaign is really positive.

"We also already have Ian McShane under contract, so things are starting to take shape for next season".

– James Fowler, Manager, Queen of the South

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Three sign extensions at Queen of the South

Three players have signed new deals at Queen of the South.

Captain Chris Higgins, top scorer Derek Lyle and his fellow attacker Iain Russell, have all agreed one year extensions to their current contracts.

Chris Higgins Credit: PA
Derek Lyle Credit: PA
Iain Russell Credit: PA

The team's manager is hoping other players will sign in the coming weeks:

I'm delighted that the players have pledged their future to the club for next season, they have been key players for us and are big characters within the squad.

They have played a big part in the success that we have had so far this campaign and deserve the reward of an extension. Discussions with other players continue and I hope to get a few more tied up in the coming weeks."

– Manager James Fowler, Queen of the South

Queen of the South 3 - 0 Rangers

Queen of the South's hopes for a play-off place at the end of the season received a boost last night after they won 3-0 at home to Glasgow Rangers.

James Fowler's side got off to a strong start, with Derek Lyle's goal giving them a half-time lead.

Queen of the South's Derek Lyle celebrates his goal Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Lee Wallace's own goal, just 16 seconds into the second half, helped the Doonhamers push further ahead.

And before the final whistle Gavin Reilly made it 3-0.

The win moves Queen of the South above Falkirk to fourth in the Championship table.

Queen of the South's Gavin Reilly (3rd right) celebrates his goal during the Scottish Championship match at Palmerston Park Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Queen of the South take over sports centre

Credit: Queen of the South Football Club

Queen of the South Football Club has today announced that they have taken over the running of the King George V Centre in Dumfries.

The Astroturf and Fitness complex will use the same online booking system as the Queen of the South Arena, which will be up and running next week.

The Club hopes to develop the venue for their own good, as well as for the benefit of the community.

"Nothing will change for the next few months, but the building of the Queen of the South Arena has been great for Dumfries.

This is another venture for the club in their home town and with the help of the community we hope to make it a great success."

– Billy Hewitson, Queens Chairman
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