Ahead of Glasgow Rangers’ clash with Dundee in midweek, Steven Gerrard decided on two changes to the side that beat Hamilton Accies 5-0 on Sunday.
This game became a very pleasing experience for the Gers in another impressive 4-0 win at Ibrox.
Glen Kamara, the ex-Dundee player released early to Rangers for only £50,000, opened the scoring in only the fourth minute of the game.
A terrific free-kick by James Tavernier found Kamara in the right position to score his first Rangers goal.
Kamara was conducting the midfield alongside the talented Scotland star Ryan Jack and Canadian international Scott Arfield.
Those three were really tuned into each others play and controlling the pace of the game, and Dundee were simply chasing shadows all night.
With only eight minutes gone, Rangers made it 2-0 with an assist from Alfredo Morelos. His shot was parried and Tavernier followed up to score
There was tremendous pressure applied to the Dens Park side, as Rangers were relentless, firing on all cylinders with everybody playing well as a team.
This Rangers side were as good as against Kilmarnock and Hamilton, and Ryan Kent, Daniel Candeias and Morelos continued to play with a high tempo throughout.
After incessant attacking play, Scotland’s top scorer Morelos made it 3-0 in the 23rd minute, netting his 24th goal of the season to end the game as a contest.
The more you watched the game the harder it was to pick a man of the match, the Ibrox sponsors gave their decision to Morelos, but what about Kamara and Jack?
I thought Arfield was Rangers’ best player in the first 45 minutes of the game, and was different class on the night. His movement on and off the ball was fabulous.
In this form, he is irreplaceable and an important player to link the play between the midfield with the forward line. It was too much for Dundee to handle.
It’s the best I’ve ever seen Arfield play. He was so good that Gerrard took him off at half time to keep him fresh for the battle of Pittodrie this weekend against Aberdeen.
He also needed to give Steven Davis some game time in a Rangers jersey, to allow him to compete properly for a midfield spot in the team.
Davis got the whole of the second half and was good, but the team really missed the craft and space finding positions that Arfield had found.
Gerrard took Candeias off to accommodate Jermain Defoe to play up front with Morelos to give them some time together as a partnership.
Defoe paid the Rangers boss back by scoring the fourth goal in 89 minutes.
Nobody can deny that Defoe can always sniff out goals. For years he has had that killer instinct, and he has brought it with him to Ibrox.
It was the 36-year-old Defoe’s fifth goal since joining from Bournemouth in January.
At long last, young Ross McCrorie was finally introduced for the last 20 minutes and Gerrard changed the team to 3-5-2, to see how they would fare.
He took Kent off to protect him, and pushed Tavernier and Barisic to the wing-back positions and kept the two strikers playing in unison.
Every Rangers fan must be confident about this new organised, pulsating side that is now displaying consistently within the starting XI.
The boss has decided that McGregor is his goalkeeper, Tavernier, Goldson and Worrall – plus either Barisic or Andy Halliday will play left back.
You simply cannot see by Kamara, Jack and Arfield in the middle, with Candeias and Kent on either side of Morelos.
Over the last three games, the team have been a joy to watch, and Gerrard has got them all playing with fire in their bellies. Aggregate score 14-0.
Kent, was removed to protect him for some more brutality that will inevitably be dished out and coming his way at Pittodrie.
Morelos and Kent will be targeted as usual by the Dons defenders in the crunch Scottish Cup quarter-final away to Aberdeen on Sunday.
Will Morelos make it through the whole game this time?
A lot will depend on how bad the referee is.