Match ends, Rangers 7, Motherwell 1.
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.
- Gerrard praise for 'ruthless' Rangers
- Referee 'conned' on first McHugh booking - Robinson
- Reaction and how the action unfolded
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.
- 19KaticSubstituted forMcAuleyat 45'minutes
- 40MiddletonSubstituted forAtakayiat 73'minutes
- 20MorelosSubstituted forLaffertyat 52'minutes
- 6HartleyBooked at 50mins
- 4McHughBooked at 34mins
- 17BigirimanaSubstituted forMbuluat 80'minutes
- 28TurnbullSubstituted forCampbellat 62'minutes
- 12BowmanSubstituted forRoseat 45'minutes
- Craig Thomson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Rangers 7, Motherwell 1.
Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Trevor Carson.
Attempt saved. Gareth McAuley (Rangers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner.
Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Andy Rose.
Attempt missed. Ovie Ejaria (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers).
Curtis Main (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Andy Rose (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Scott Arfield (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Curtis Main (Motherwell).
Substitution, Motherwell. Christian Mbulu replaces Gael Bigirimana.
Foul by Scott Arfield (Rangers).
Richard Tait (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.
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.
Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Trevor Carson.
Attempt saved. Ovie Ejaria (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Substitution, Rangers. Serge Atakayi replaces Glenn Middleton.
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.