World News – GB – Rangers rout Motherwell at Fir Park


Rangers maintained their unbeaten start to the Scottish Premiership as they put in five after a lackluster Motherwell at Fir Park

Doubles for James Tavernier and Cedric Itten, plus a goal from Jordan Jones, shine a light on an emphatic performance

The victory took Rangers’ lead to four points, but a 3-0 victory for Celtic, who have one game in hand, brought it down to one later in the day

Fireworks could be heard outside Fir Park at kick-off, and it almost set off the perfect start for visitors as Trevor Carson had to produce a stunning stop to prevent a glare from ‘Alfredo Morelos in the first minute

However, the away side didn’t have to wait much longer to get the first game they deserved, as Bevis Mugabi’s handball in the box allowed Tavernier to convert from the spot.

Motherwell responded with a penalty claim when Allan Campbell was regrouped by Glen Kamara, but referee Bobby Madden didn’t see enough

The home team’s negligence in possession kept them from creating too much, and it was the visitors who caught the next goal as Morelos’ careful preparation play followed by a pass perfectly expected from Scott Arfield, sent Jones behind Ricki Lamie and him finished the shot superbly for his first Rangers goal

Rangers then regained control as Motherwell was penalized for another handball in the box, this time by Liam Grimshaw, and Tavernier reduced his score to six again for the season

Robinson changed his side’s form at half-time in an attempt to get back into the game, but they missed a glaring chance as Mugabi shot a close-range header over the bar

Tavernier then tried his luck on two free kicks before Itten, like Jones, opened his Rangers account with a stunning strike from the edge of the area

At the other end, Mark O’Hara’s free kick was acrobatically knocked down at the bar by Allan McGregor, before Itten struck home his second after a corner from Tavernier

However, the away team were unable to keep an eighth clean sheet in nine league games as Edmundson turned the ball into his own net from a corner kick from Sherwin Seedorf

The Rangers then had the chance to restore their five-goal advantage as Jermain Defoe saw a goal on sight, but his strike from close range was well received by Carson

Robinson’s men have been working all along, which might have been expected given their efforts in Israel on Thursday, but the Northern Irishman must be stumped at the number of goals his team concede on penalties to goal Of the 19 goals the Lanarkshire side have left this season, eight have come from the spot

As for the Rangers, after dropping points at Hibernian last weekend, it was important that Gerrard’s side responded and they did so emphatically however, which will surely appeal to the boss the most. ‘Ibrox, it was the players he brought to the camp that flourished Calvin Bassey impressed at left-back, Jones was a constant threat and Itten escaped If Gerrard can trust the players on his squad as much as his regular debutants, this can only bode well as their schedule shows no signs of slowing down

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: « We looked tired in everything we did and after losing 1-0 we looked like we had this excuse

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard told Sky Sports: « I thought we were strong all along I’m happy Cedric scored a few goals, that will make him trust the world of good Calvin’s debut – there are a lot of positive points to remember from the game

« I’m happy with my managers today as they kept the standards up throughout the 90 minutes I’m a little disappointed with the free kick goal, we’ll take a look, but in the together it was a very good performance « 

Rangers welcome Galatasaray to Ibrox on Thursday (7.45 p.m. BST) in the Europa League play-offs as Motherwell heads to Kilmarnock the following evening (7.45 p.m.)

Failed attempt James Tavernier (Rangers) with a header from the center of the box is close, but misses to the right Assisted by Calvin Bassey with a cross

Recorded attempt Jermain Defoe (Rangers) left foot shot from the center of the box is recorded in the top center of the goal Assisted by James Tavernier

Attempt blocked Sherwin Seedorf (Motherwell) with right foot shot from outside the box is blocked Assisted by Liam Grimshaw

Unsuccessful attempt Cedric Itten (Rangers) with a header from the center of the box, missing to the right Assisted by James Tavernier with a cross

Goal! Motherwell 0, Rangers 5 Cedric Itten (Rangers) right footed shot from very close to the lower right corner Assisted by Ianis Hagi following a corner

Recorded attempt Mark O’Hara (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is recorded in the upper left corner

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World News – UK – Rangers rout Motherwell at Fir Park


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