Many believed that Eros Grezda would start on the right flank against Livingston on Saturday. However, returning from a one-match suspension, Daniel Candeias got the nod.
It was the Portuguese who got Rangers underway, heading in Glenn Middleton’s corner with aplomb in the 20th minute.
Breaking the deadlock in the early stages was crucial, against a Livingston team who shut out the Gers in September.
In fact, Gary Holt’s men had conceded just seven goals all season before their trip to Ibrox. But the early goal settled the home faithful. Strikes from Alfredo Morelos and Scott Arfield then settled the points in the final stages.
It was a big call from Steven Gerrard to leave out Grezda. The Albanian scored twice and registered an assist in the last game against Motherwell, but the manager made it clear with his team selection that Candeias is first choice.
The 30-year-old works tirelessly and often shows glimpses of real quality. His back-heel assist for Morelos to kill the game against Rapid Vienna, was a particular highlight of this campaign.
Yet, he doesn’t always provide the goals he is capable of scoring. Clearly, the competition for places galvanised him this weekend, as his crucial finish paved the way for an important three points.