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Rangers 5-0 Hamilton Academical: Defoe nets hat-trick as Steven Gerrard's side go top

Rangers leapfrogged Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership as Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick in a dominant win over Hamilton Academical.

Steven Gerrard's men took advantage of Celtic's defeat to Livingston earlier in the day to move two points clear going into the international break.

Connor Goldson and Borna Barisic also scored in the Ibrox rout.

It means Rangers have won their last three league games with an aggregate score of 14-0.

Gerrard's side have also posted four wins in a row since their Old Firm defeat by Celtic.

For Hamilton, they remain in eighth with all four sides below them in the table failing to win at the weekend.

Determined Rangers turn on the style

Celtic's shock defeat at Livingston handed Rangers the chance to hit the summit for the first time this season and they came out in determined fashion.

Hamilton had already survived several dangerous balls into their box before being cut open by Greg Stewart's through ball, which Defoe chipped over the diving Owain Fon Williams to give them an early lead.

Accies survived a torrid opening 20 minutes without conceding again with Sheyi Ojo and Stewart coming close from long range, and they were riding their luck when Defoe volleyed against the post from four yards following a quickly-taken corner.

Goldson doubled Rangers' lead when the centre-back started running, passing the ball out wide to James Tavernier from midway inside the opposition half, then diving to head home the cross from six yards.

Hamilton's Ronan Hughes fired just over after Goldson's goal, but following the break Rangers remained in complete control and Barisic curled in a free-kick from 25 yards.

Defoe turned Brian Easton two minutes later before slotting home and the striker slammed the ball high into the net to complete his treble after Stewart had been denied by Fon Williams.

There was a further positive for Rangers as Gerrard handed Jamie Murphy a first-team comeback as a second-half substitute, almost 14 months after the wide player suffered a serious knee injury at Kilmarnock.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 4Edmundson
  • 31Barisic
  • 37ArfieldSubstituted forPolsterat 64'minutes
  • 10DavisSubstituted forMurphyat 65'minutes
  • 18Kamara
  • 24Stewart
  • 9Defoe
  • 11OjoSubstituted forMorelosat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Murphy
  • 13Foderingham
  • 16Halliday
  • 17Aribo
  • 19Katic
  • 20Morelos
  • 25Polster

Hamilton

  • 1Fon Williams
  • 4McKenna
  • 5FjørtoftSubstituted forHamiltonat 69'minutes
  • 26StubbsBooked at 60mins
  • 24Easton
  • 3McMann
  • 15Hughes
  • 13Gogic
  • 10Alston
  • 17BeckSubstituted forSmithat 60'minutes
  • 9Oakley

Substitutes

  • 11Miller
  • 14Cunningham
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 28Smith
  • 31Southwood
  • 40Hamilton
  • 99Ogkmpoe
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
48,838

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home77%
Away23%
Shots
Home25
Away3
Shots on Target
Home10
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 5, Hamilton Academical 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 5, Hamilton Academical 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Greg Stewart.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Borna Barisic (Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Ciaran McKenna (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

  7. Post update

    Lewis Smith (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Lewis Smith.

  9. Post update

    Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

  10. Post update

    Blair Alston (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

  13. Post update

    Jamie Hamilton (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Rangers. Jermain Defoe tries a through ball, but Alfredo Morelos is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Rangers. Greg Stewart tries a through ball, but Jamie Murphy is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Borna Barisic with a cross.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Alfredo Morelos replaces Sheyi Ojo.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 5, Hamilton Academical 0. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Greg Stewart (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jermain Defoe.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Sheyi Ojo (Rangers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers87012652121
2Celtic86112271519
3Motherwell85121510516
4Aberdeen83321010012
5Ross County83321011-112
6Livingston83231211111
7Kilmarnock832367-111
8Hamilton8224715-88
9Hearts8134913-46
10Hibernian8134717-106
11St Mirren812538-55
12St Johnstone8044720-134
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