Alfredo Morelos continued his superb goalscoring form as Rangers produced one of the comfortable football results of the midweek action in the Scottish Premiership. The win helped Rangers maintain their four-point lead over Celtic in the standings. The home side dominated the game and was rewarded when Morelos scored just before the break. Ryan Kent doubled their lead just after the break to secure the three points.

Player ratings

Rangers: McGregor (6), Tavernier (6), Goldson (6), Bassey (6), Barisic (7), Kamara (7), Arfield (7), Aribo (9), Hagi (7), Kent (8), Morelos (8)
Subs: Patterson (6), Sakala (6)

St Johnstone: Clark (6), Gordon (6), Brown (6), Devine (6), Crawford (6), Rooney (6), McCart (7), Craig (7), Butterfield (7), O’Halloran (6), Vertainen (6)
Subs: Bryson (6), Solomon-Otbor (6), May (6)

Man of the match: Joe Aribo

Managers Reaction 

Rangers boss Giovanni Van Bronckhorst: “The way we started, the first 15-20 minutes, we created so many chances to go 1-0 up. After that, we didn’t create as much because they were defending really deep and it was difficult for us to find our spaces. The goal just before half-time really helped us to go into half-time and change our a little bit our position on the pitch. In the second half, we created the spaces we wanted and started it well. We scored a good goal, a very high-speed goal.”

St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson: “One team held the ball up well and linked play. For me, that was the most disappointing thing. In the 42nd minute we were trying to flick balls around corners when it was important we stayed in the game. We could have seen the game through to half-time.”

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