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Motherwell 1-5 Rangers: Steven Gerrard believes Jordan Jones can be 'big help' after first goal

By Nick McPheatBBC Scotland

Jordan Jones can be a "big help" to Rangers, says manager Steven Gerrard, after the winger impressed in a resounding victory over Motherwell.

Jones scored his first goal for the Ibrox club as Gerrard's men put the hosts to the sword to maintain their unbeaten Scottish Premiership start.

Doubles for both James Tavernier and Cedric Itten completed the rout.

"I had a feeling Jordan was going to play well," said Gerrard.

"That's the Jordan Jones I want to see and I won't accept anything less than that because those are his attributes, and if he brings that to the table he's going to be a big help to us."

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 weighted 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

Motherwell

  1. Squad number1Player nameCarson
    Average rating

    5.91

  2. Squad number17Player nameSeedorf
    Average rating

    5.02

  3. Squad number6Player nameCampbell
    Average rating

    4.90

  4. Squad number99Player nameLong
    Average rating

    4.84

  5. Squad number31Player nameGallagher
    Average rating

    4.77

  6. Squad number7Player nameO'Hara
    Average rating

    4.63

  7. Squad number16Player nameMugabi
    Average rating

    4.54

  8. Squad number15Player nameMaguire
    Average rating

    4.52

  9. Squad number9Player nameWhite
    Average rating

    4.36

  10. Squad number19Player namePolworth
    Average rating

    4.36

  11. Squad number2Player nameGrimshaw
    Average rating

    4.28

  12. Squad number29Player nameLang
    Average rating

    4.21

  13. Squad number33Player nameO'Donnell
    Average rating

    4.19

  14. Squad number32Player nameWatt
    Average rating

    4.18

  15. Squad number4Player nameLamie
    Average rating

    4.00

Rangers

  1. Squad number2Player nameTavernier
    Average rating

    7.77

  2. Squad number22Player nameJones
    Average rating

    7.39

  3. Squad number14Player nameKent
    Average rating

    7.24

  4. Squad number11Player nameItten
    Average rating

    7.16

  5. Squad number37Player nameArfield
    Average rating

    7.08

  6. Squad number10Player nameDavis
    Average rating

    6.70

  7. Squad number6Player nameGoldson
    Average rating

    6.63

  8. Squad number5Player nameHelander
    Average rating

    6.61

  9. Squad number1Player nameMcGregor
    Average rating

    6.61

  10. Squad number20Player nameMorelos
    Average rating

    6.56

  11. Squad number3Player nameBassey
    Average rating

    6.51

  12. Squad number18Player nameKamara
    Average rating

    6.45

  13. Squad number26Player nameBalogun
    Average rating

    6.19

  14. Squad number9Player nameDefoe
    Average rating

    5.88

  15. Squad number7Player nameHagi
    Average rating

    5.71

  16. Squad number4Player nameEdmundson
    Average rating

    5.38

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 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

Substitutes

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

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 5HelanderSubstituted forBalogunat 60'minutes
  • 3Bassey
  • 10DavisSubstituted forDefoeat 76'minutes
  • 18Kamara
  • 37Arfield
  • 22JonesSubstituted forEdmundsonat 76'minutes
  • 20MorelosSubstituted forHagiat 75'minutes
  • 14KentSubstituted forIttenat 68'minutes

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 1, Rangers 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Rangers 5.

  3. Post update

    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. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Calvin Bassey.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sherwin Seedorf (Motherwell).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Goal!

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Leon Balogun.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cedric Itten (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Tavernier with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Sherwin Seedorf (Motherwell).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Glen Kamara.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Calvin Bassey (Rangers).

  15. Post update

    Sherwin Seedorf (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Goal!

    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. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ricki Lamie.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by George Edmundson (Rangers).

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers97202231923
2Celtic87102351822
3Hibernian9522138517
4Aberdeen750285315
5Kilmarnock93241211111
6Dundee Utd9324714-711
7Ross County9324714-711
8Livingston92251014-48
9Motherwell9225713-68
10Hamilton8215613-77
11St Johnstone9216411-77
12St Mirren9216513-87
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