RANGERS hung on for a vital 2-1 victory over Sing Tao in a Hong Kong First Division match at Mongkok Stadium last night. Rangers, in their first season back in the top flight, moved out of the relegation zone with only their third win in their 18th and final league match. The three points moved them on to 16 points and into the safe eighth position in the 10-team table. Voicelink, who have 14 points from 17 matches, now need to beat Sing Tao in their final game to remain in the top flight. Leading 2-0 at the break, Rangers were pegged back to 2-1 in the 73rd minute when Sing Tao central defender Richard Lant rose to head home a right wing corner from Chu Yue-tai. This changed the complexion of the match and Rangers were forced on to the defensive in the closing stages as even a draw would not have been good enough to move above Voicelink. But Rangers held firm with goalkeeper Jamie Picken making some outstanding saves in the dying minutes. Rangers' most anxious moment came in the 89th minute. Following a foul on Sing Tao left-back Wong Kok-yan by substitute Lau Tik-lun on the edge of the Rangers' penalty area, David Clarkson sent over a dangerous free kick which was met at the far post by Sing Tao skipper John Moore - but Picken was down smartly to his left to deflect the header around the post for a corner. Rangers took the lead in the 12th minute with a cracking right-foot drive from the edge of the box by midfielder Trevor Quow. It was only Ranger's 10th goal in the league and was Quow's third of the season, having scored penalties against Club and Sing Tao. An under-strength Sing Tao team, again missing injured goalkeeper Harvey Lim, rarely threatened the Rangers' goal. But they came close to equalising in the 19th minute when right winger Lau Chi-yuen crossed from the wing only for Moore's glancing header to drop just wide of Picken's right hand post. Sing Tao paid for the miss when Rangers scored their second to make it 2-0 in the 29th minute. Midfielder Yeung Kin-wah knocked over a deep cross from the right wing which found Chan Chi-hong unmarked on the left edge of the penalty area. The youngster controlled the ball and sent a swerving left foot shot beyond Sing Tao's reserve 'keeper Cheng Wing-keung. Sing Tao came close to scoring in the closing minutes of the first half with a free kick from Chu Yue-tai which curled round the wall but just wide of the post and with a long-range effort from midfielder How Yiu-pun which narrowly cleared the cross-bar after good work from Moore. Rangers (4-5-1): Jamie Picken; Tang Chi-ming, Poon Ka-ming, Wong Wai-tak, Justine Crowe; Pau Ka-yiu (Lau Tik-lun 83), Trevor Quow, Yeung Kin-wah (Lui Tat-wah 87), Lai Wing-cheong, Chan Chi-hong; Dean Edwards. Sing Tao (4-5-1): Cheng Wing-keung; Choy Wai-man (Tang Kam-tim 46), Richard Lant, Tam Ah-fook, Wong Kok-yan; Lau Chi-yuen (Tsang Wai-chung 80), How Yiu-pun, David Clarkson, Chu Yue-tai, Chan Tsz-kong; John Moore. Man of the Match: Trevor Quow (Rangers), kept them cool under pressure. English Second Division club Exeter City are keen to give a trial to Eastern's Australian winger, Ross Greer. Exeter, whose assistant manager is Trevor Morgan, the former South China centre forward, are prepared to offer Greer a month's trial at the start of next season with a view to a full contract. Greer, 27, spent two seasons with South China but was released after they won the championship in 1992. The Perth-born winger has spent the last two seasons with Eastern and has agreed terms for next season. ''It's nice to know that an English club is interested but I'm happy with life in Hong Kong,'' said Greer. ''If an offer had come five years ago it may have been different but now I'm settled with my family here. ''If I went over to England and it didn't work out, I'd be giving up too much.''