Rangers returned to Ibrox and the Scottish Premiership with a bang by crushing a short-handed Motherwell side 7-1.
Rangers have been on a rough stretch over the last five matches across all competitions. Drawing at home in Europa League to Spartak Moscow and also going to Russia and losing 4-3, losing 1-0 against Aberdeen at Hamden in the Betfred Cup Semi-Finals, a draw against Kilmarnock on the road, and an unconvincing win over lowly St Mirren on the road.
Rangers must’ve heard all the complaints about their form, however, and may have gotten sick of me reciting their ever-growing struggles in this space on almost every post. To be honest I was getting sick of it as well.
They turned out against Motherwell and smashed them quite completely into the ground at Ibrox on Sunday afternoon in Glasgow.
Scott Arfield got the scoring going, James Tavernier looped in a ball from well outside the box that Arfield controlled and then quickly turned into the lower corner as the defender slipped trying to stop with him in just the 8th minute of the match.
Motherwell struck second as Curtis Main received a quick square-ball directly in front of the net and one-timed it into the goal in the 25th minute.
Then, in the 35th minute, a blatant hand-ball by Motherwell in the box was the second yellow, resulting in Motherwell playing at 10 men and a penalty kick for James Tavernier, from there, the flood-gates opened.
Tavernier of course knocked the penalty home into the lower right corner, continuing his streak of having never missed one from the spot as a Ranger, to give Rangers a lead that they would not give up.
Alfredo Morelos got the route in full-gear when a Glen Middleton corner kick (on a side note, Middleton’s service from the corner has been excellent) found him and he won it out of the air and into the net in the 38th minute to send the game to half-time 3-1.
Rangers did not take long to continue the onslaught in the second half, in the 59th minute Eros Grezda took the ball just outside the box on the end-line and hit a long and low pass that found Glen Middleton on the other side of the box, Middleton hammered the ball into the net as the youngster continued his high-level of play.
Moments later in the 61st minute Ryan Jack found Scott Arfield with a square pass which Arfield netted to get himself a brace on the night.
The final goal-scoring was done by Eros Grezda in the 68th and 75th minutes to give himself his first two goals in Rangers blue. The first was a highly impressive run which saw him dribble into the teeth of the Motherwell defense before slotting a low shot into the net. His second goal was a header on the end of an excellent James Tavernier service.
Overall Rangers came away with a dominant victory while being without many key players like Connor Goldson, Borna Barasic, and Ryan Kent. Hopefully this gets their goal-scoring going in full force again and Rangers can continue to build a strong season.