A rotating Glasgow Rangers side recorded another positive result on Sunday, beating Kilmarnock 3-1 in the Scottish League Cup.
This could have been a difficult away tie because the Ibrox club had lost at Rugby Park last season and the fixture produced a tense opening 15 minutes.
Gradually Steven Gerrard’s Rangers team became more dominant and that’s when Alfredo Morelos scored a goal which was wrongfully disallowed. Television replay showed that the ball had indeed crossed the line, which was completely missed by both referee and linesman.
Morelos’ opening goal through an unmissable header from James Tavernier’s inch-perfect cross, gave the team a confident cushion. Rangers were never in real trouble thereafter, but a superb save from Wes Foderingham kept his side ahead.
The Light Blues started to play some terrific fast-flowing football which had the ‘Gers fans in raptures, then Morelos scored the second goal just before half-time, from another irresistible cross from Tavernier.
In the second half an unfortunate Borna Barasic own goal brought the Rugby Park side back into the game for about 15 minutes, but once Rangers star Morelos completed his hat-trick the game was well and truly over, and the 3-1 final result was never in doubt.
Rangers will play Ayr United at Ibrox in the quarter finals of the Betfred Cup. Without trying to be too detrimental to the Championship side, the Light Blues should secure a home win, which would see them into the semi-finals.
Rangers have yet to lose in nine combative matches – 12 games if you include the three pre-season friendlies. With two league, one Betfred cup and six Europa ties without a loss, the media and pundits are now expecting Rangers to be competitive for trophies this season.
The only downside to the game was a serious knee injury to winger Jamie Murphy who caught his studs in the astro turf. Daniel Candeias slotted in nicely as a straight replacement.
Ryan Jack and Lassana Coulibaly were rested for the Europa League match this Thursday.
The man of the match was clearly Morelos, with Goldson and Katic also performing admirably.
Rangers line-up against Kilmarnock was an extremely fluid 4-3-3: Foderingham; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Barisic; Halliday, Ejaria, Arfield; Kent, Murphy, Morelos
Substitutes: Alnwick, Flanagan, McCrorie, Jack, Candeias, Middleton, Sadiq