On Sunday, Glasgow Rangers finally overpowered a decent, ever-improving Motherwell side to win a hard fought game 2-1.

Jermain Defoe equalised for the Gers after Devante Cole put the Fir Park club ahead during their first attack of the afternoon. 

Steven Gerrard made some changes from the Rangers side that recorded a terrific 1-1 away draw with Porto in last Thursday night’s Europa League clash.

Defoe replaced Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Jack was rested for Greg Stewart and Glen Kamara, who was slightly injured in Portugal, made way for Joe Aribo.

Captain James Tavernier missed another penalty for Rangers. Surely he has to be relieved as the taker, until his form improves again.

The bulk of the chances and possession went to Gerrard’s side, who were made to work hard by a Lanarkshire outfit who have not won at Ibrox in a league match for 22 years.

Rangers centre-half Filip Helander scored a well deserved late winner with a fine headed goal into the far corner of the net.

Gerrard described the Rangers performance as “winning the game ugly”.

After Celtic swatted aside Aberdeen 4-0 at Pittodrie on Sunday, it is clear Rangers are the only team showing any kind of challenge to the champions this season.

Hearts and Hibs are already out of the running for the league title after a disastrous 10-game start to the campaign.

Both Edinburgh clubs have only eight points earned so far and are a huge 17 points behind the Hoops, which will only get worse as the season plays out.

As such, Rangers can ill-afford to let Celtic gain any advantage at the top of the table in what is a gripping title race this season.


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