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Rangers 7-1 Motherwell: Carl McHugh sent off as visitors hammered

Rangers moved to within two points of top spot in the Premiership after they hammered 10-man Motherwell at Ibrox.

Carl McHugh received a second yellow card for handball, with James Tavernier converting the penalty for 2-1.

Eros Grezda scored his first two goals for Rangers with Scott Arfield also getting a double.

Curtis Main cancelled out Arfield's opener, but depleted Motherwell's resistance crumbled with Alfredo Morelos and Glenn Middleton also on target.

For all Rangers woes on the road, it is now a sixth league game at Ibrox without defeat for Steven Gerrard - taking maximum points from five of them.

Motherwell have now gone 42 league games without managing to beat Rangers.

Rangers cruise to victory

Play-off and cup success apart, Boxing Day 2002 was the last time the Steelmen took three points against the Ibrox side.

Eight minutes in and their chances of ending that unwanted record already looked slim. Tavernier's diagonal ball found Arfield, who chested down and rolled the ball beyond the reach of Trevor Carson.

McHugh shot wide, but Rangers continued to be the aggressors and Morelos headed over from close range. But just when a second goal looked inevitable, Motherwell levelled.

Ryan Bowman took the ball past Nikola Katic on the left, and cut the ball across to Main who had an easy tap in.

But then it all went wrong for the visitors. Andy Halliday's shot was blocked by McHugh inside the box, leading to a penalty and a second yellow card for the Motherwell defender. His manager Stephen Robinson reacted with fury on the touchline and was also sent packing by referee Craig Thomson for his protests.

Thomson ordered Tavernier to take the resulting spot-kick again, with the Rangers captain sticking the ball in the same right hand corner as Carson went the wrong way.

Soon it was three. After Katic's header was saved, Morelos was given the freedom of the box to nod home from the corner.

In the second half it was one-way traffic towards the Motherwell goal. Ovie Ejaria's shot was saved, but shortly after from a similar position on the edge of the box Middleton got enough purchase behind his effort to send it past Carson.

Ryan Jack then laid off for Arfield, who easily picked his spot for number five as it became a question of how many Rangers would score.

Grezda was allowed to waltz his way past a cluster of dispirited defenders in the box and finish as Rangers made it six, before the Albania winger headed in a seventh to complete the rout.

Motherwell's Carl McHugh (right)
Motherwell's Carl McHugh was shown a second yellow card for handball, with Rangers awarded a penalty

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 19KaticSubstituted forMcAuleyat 45'minutes
  • 3Worrall
  • 16Halliday
  • 8Jack
  • 35Grezda
  • 37Arfield
  • 10Ejaria
  • 40MiddletonSubstituted forAtakayiat 73'minutes
  • 20MorelosSubstituted forLaffertyat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Lafferty
  • 13Foderingham
  • 15Flanagan
  • 17McCrorie
  • 18Rossiter
  • 36McAuley
  • 45Atakayi

Motherwell

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Carson
  • 7Cadden
  • 6HartleyBooked at 50mins
  • 5Aldred
  • 2Tait
  • 4McHughBooked at 34mins
  • 17BigirimanaSubstituted forMbuluat 80'minutes
  • 14Grimshaw
  • 28TurnbullSubstituted forCampbellat 62'minutes
  • 12BowmanSubstituted forRoseat 45'minutes
  • 9Main

Substitutes

  • 8Campbell
  • 11Frear
  • 15Rose
  • 19Sammon
  • 20Gillespie
  • 21Mbulu
  • 24Johnson
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
49,802

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home11
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 7, Motherwell 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 7, Motherwell 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gareth McAuley (Rangers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Andy Rose.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ovie Ejaria (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers).

  9. Post update

    Curtis Main (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Rose (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Scott Arfield (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Christian Mbulu replaces Gael Bigirimana.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Scott Arfield (Rangers).

  15. Post update

    Richard Tait (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 7, Motherwell 1. Eros Grezda (Rangers) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by James Tavernier following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ovie Ejaria (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Serge Atakayi replaces Glenn Middleton.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 6, Motherwell 1. Eros Grezda (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ovie Ejaria.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic128222762126
2Hearts138231913626
3Rangers1273232112124
4Kilmarnock137331912724
5St Johnstone137241618-223
6Aberdeen126331610621
7Livingston12543127519
8Hibernian125342112918
9Motherwell123271222-1011
10Hamilton13319928-1910
11St Mirren131210626-205
12Dundee131111630-244
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