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Motherwell 1-5 Rangers: Gerrard’s men stretch lead at league summit


Motherwell 1-5 Rangers: Gerrard’s men stretch lead at league summit

Substitute Cedric Itten opened his Rangers account with a stunning strike before notching a secondRangers kept up their unbeaten Scottish Premiership start as they put five past a lacklustre Motherwell at Fir Park.Doubles for both James Tavernier and Cedric Itten, plus a goal from Jordan Jones, put the gloss on an emphatic performance. A late…

Itten goal
Substitute Cedric Itten opened his Rangers account with a stunning strike before notching a second

Rangers kept up their unbeaten Scottish Premiership start as they put five past a lacklustre Motherwell at Fir Park.

Doubles for both James Tavernier and Cedric Itten, plus a goal from Jordan Jones, put the gloss on an emphatic performance.

A late George Edmundson own goal offered the hosts little consolation.

The win stretches Rangers’ lead at the top of the table to four points, having played two games more than Celtic, who host Hibernian later on Sunday.

As for Motherwell, the defeat drops them to ninth on goal difference.

Fireworks could be heard going off outside Fir Park at kick-off, and it almost sparked the perfect start for the visitors as Trevor Carson had to produce a stunning stop to keep out a glancing Alfredo Morelos header inside the first minute.

However, the away side did not have to wait much longer to get the opener they deserved, as Bevis Mugabi’s handball in the box allowed Tavernier to convert from the spot.

Motherwell responded with a penalty claim of their own when Allan Campbell was bundled over by Glen Kamara, but referee Bobby Madden did not see enough in it.

The home side’s sloppiness in possession prevented them from creating too much, and it was the visitors instead who grabbed the next goal as neat build-up play from Morelos, followed by a perfectly waited pass from Scott Arfield, sent Jones in behind Ricki Lamie and he finished the move off superbly for his first Rangers goal.

Rangers then took further control as Motherwell were penalised for yet another handball in the box, this time by Liam Grimshaw, and Tavernier again slotted home to take his tally to six for the season.

Robinson changed his team’s shape at half-time in a bid to get back into the game, but they passed up a glaring chance as Mugabi powered a close-range header over the bar.

Tavernier then tried his luck from 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 tipped on to the bar by Allan McGregor, before Itten tapped home his second following a Tavernier corner.

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

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

Man of the match – James Tavernier

James Tavernier
The Rangers captain had the most touches out any player on the pitch and registered the most passes in the opposition half. The 28-year-old’s trademark deliveries were also on show all afternoon and he nullified any Motherwell threat from the left while slotting home twice from the spot.

What did we learn?

Robinson’s men laboured throughout, which perhaps could have been expected given their efforts in Israel on Thursday, but the Northern Irishman must be perplexed at how many goals his side are conceding from penalties. Of the 19 goals the Lanarkshire side have let in this season, eight have come from the spot.

As for Rangers, after dropping points away to Hibernian last weekend it was important Gerrard’s side responded and they did that emphatically. However, what will surely please the Ibrox boss most is the players he brought into the side flourished. Calvin Bassey impressed at left-back, Jones was a constant threat and Itten got off the mark. If Gerrard can trust his squad players as much as his regular starters, it can only bode well as their schedule shows no signs of slowing down.

Motherwell pens stat

What they said

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: “We looked tired in everything we did and after we went 1-0 down we looked as if we had that excuse.

“We didn’t do the basic stuff right. It was very disappointing.

“I stick up for everyone when I possibly can but that was flat all round.”

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard told Sky Sports: “I thought we were strong throughout. I’m pleased for Cedric to get a couple of goals, it’ll do his confidence the world of good. Calvin’s debut – there’s a lot of positives to take away from the game.

“I was pleased with my leaders today because they kept the standards up throughout the 90 minutes. I’m a bit disappointed with the set-piece goal, we’ll have a look at that, but in the main it was a very strong performance.”

What’s next?

Rangers welcome Galatasaray to Ibrox on Thursday (19: 45 BST) in the Europa League play-offs as Motherwell travel to Kilmarnock the following evening (19: 45).

Player of the match

TavernierJames Tavernier

with an average of 7.77


  1. Squad number1Player nameCarson

  2. Squad number17Player nameSeedorf

  3. Squad number6Player nameCampbell

  4. Squad number99Player nameLong

  5. Squad number31Player nameGallagher

  6. Squad number7Player nameO’Hara

  7. Squad number16Player nameMugabi

  8. Squad number15Player nameMaguire

  9. Squad number9Player nameWhite

  10. Squad number19Player namePolworth

  11. Squad number2Player nameGrimshaw

  12. Squad number29Player nameLang

  13. Squad number33Player nameO’Donnell

  14. Squad number32Player nameWatt

  15. Squad number4Player nameLamie


  1. Squad number2Player nameTavernier

  2. Squad number22Player nameJones

  3. Squad number14Player nameKent

  4. Squad number11Player nameItten

  5. Squad number37Player nameArfield

  6. Squad number10Player nameDavis

  7. Squad number6Player nameGoldson

  8. Squad number5Player nameHelander

  9. Squad number1Player nameMcGregor

  10. Squad number20Player nameMorelos

  11. Squad number3Player nameBassey

  12. Squad number18Player nameKamara

  13. Squad number26Player nameBalogun

  14. Squad number9Player nameDefoe

  15. Squad number7Player nameHagi

  16. Squad number4Player nameEdmundson



  • 1Carson
  • 31Gallagher
  • 16Mugabi
  • 4LamieBooked at 31mins
  • 33O’DonnellSubstituted forMaguireat 45′minutes
  • 6Campbell
  • 7O’Hara
  • 19PolworthSubstituted forLongat 45′minutes
  • 2Grimshaw
  • 32WattSubstituted forWhiteat 70′minutes
  • 29LangSubstituted forSeedorfat 58′minutes


  • 5McGinley
  • 8Crawford
  • 9White
  • 14Hylton
  • 15Maguire
  • 17Seedorf
  • 23Morrison
  • 26Cornelius
  • 99Long


  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 5HelanderSubstituted forBalogunat 60′minutes
  • 3Bassey
  • 10DavisSubstituted forDefoeat 76′minutes
  • 18Kamara
  • 37Arfield
  • 22JonesSubstituted forEdmundsonat 76′minutes
  • 20MorelosSubstituted forHagiat 75′minutes
  • 14KentSubstituted forIttenat 69′minutes


  • 4Edmundson
  • 7Hagi
  • 9Defoe
  • 11Itten
  • 16Patterson
  • 24Stewart
  • 26Balogun
  • 31Barisic
  • 33McLaughlin

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Motherwell 1, Rangers 5.

  2. Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Rangers 5.

  3. Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Calvin Bassey with a cross.

  4. Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Calvin Bassey.

  5. Attempt saved. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James Tavernier.

  6. Glen Kamara (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Foul by Barry Maguire (Motherwell).

  8. Attempt blocked. Sherwin Seedorf (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Grimshaw.

  9. Own Goal by George Edmundson, Rangers. Motherwell 1, Rangers 5.

  10. Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Leon Balogun.

  11. Attempt missed. Cedric Itten (Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Tavernier with a cross.

  12. Hand ball by Sherwin Seedorf (Motherwell).

  13. Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Glen Kamara.

  14. Foul by Calvin Bassey (Rangers).

  15. Jordan White (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

  17. Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ricki Lamie.

  18. Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

  19. Attempt saved. Mark O’Hara (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  20. Foul by George Edmundson (Rangers).

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