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

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Highlights: Rangers 5-0 Hamilton Academical

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
  • 18Kamara
  • 10DavisSubstituted forMurphyat 64'minutes
  • 11OjoSubstituted forMorelosat 74'minutes
  • 37ArfieldSubstituted forPolsterat 64'minutes
  • 24Stewart
  • 9Defoe

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
  • 99Ogboe
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
48,838

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home23
Away3
Shots on Target
Home11
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 5, Hamilton Academical 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 5, Hamilton Academical 0.

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

Foul by Borna Barisic (Rangers).

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

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

Foul by Jamie Murphy (Rangers).

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) hits the bar with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left.

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

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

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

Attempt missed. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

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

Attempt blocked. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) header from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Alfredo Morelos replaces Sheyi Ojo.

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.

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

Foul by Sheyi Ojo (Rangers).

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Jamie Hamilton replaces Markus Fjørtoft.

Foul by Borna Barisic (Rangers).

Lewis Smith (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Matt Polster replaces Scott Arfield.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Jamie Murphy replaces Steven Davis.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 4, Hamilton Academical 0. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Davis.

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 3, Hamilton Academical 0. Borna Barisic (Rangers) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Lewis Smith replaces Adrian Beck.

Booking

Sam Stubbs (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jermain Defoe (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Stubbs (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brian Easton (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

Ronan Hughes (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Connor Goldson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Oakley (Hamilton Academical).

Hand ball by Greg Stewart (Rangers).

goal

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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