Rangers have recorded six consecutive clean sheets to start a league season for the first time in the club’s history as goals from Ianis Hagi and James Tavernier eased the Light Blues to a 2-0 win over Hamilton.
Rangers made one change from last weekend’s win over Kilmarnock as Cedric Itten dropped out the squad with a calf injury allowing Ianis Hagi to take his place in the starting XI – while Alfredo Morelos could only settle for a place among the subs.
The Gers dominated for long spells in the opening 15 minutes but never really made Accies’ keeper Ryan Fulton into action before Ianis Hagi broke the deadlock.
A swirling cross from Steven Davis was flicked onto the bar by Kemar Roofe before Hagi fired home the rebound and make the Gers’ early dominance count.
With Hamilton having offered nothing in attack before Hagi’s goal, it looked inevitable that the hosts would look to sit in and limit the damage.
It only took five minutes for the lead to be doubled though as Fulton pulled off a decent save to deny Kent but it cannoned off Tavernier and into the back of the net.
It started to look as though Rangers had the bit between their teeth and they continued to flood forward in search of more goals, Hagi and Kent in particular both looking hungry and keen to make things happen.
Despite failing to add to their advantage before the break, Gerrard will surely have been pleased with the way his players moved the ball around with some purpose.
With sluggish starts becoming something of a trademark of the Gers, they could have scored twice in the first five minutes after the restart through Barker and Ryan Jack.
The hosts finally had a little spell of possession, getting forward and forcing a save from Jon McLaughlin – but it almost proved to be their downfall when a quick counter almost made it 3-0 but for a solid stop by Fulton.
There was a shout for a penalty just after the hour mark after Roofe went down after a push by Scott McMann but Willie Collum somehow decided Roofe was the one guilty of pushing.
Accies had their best chance of the game 15minutes from the end but were denied by a fantastic reaction save from Jon McLaughlin as the Scotland keeper rose brilliantly to claw a header out.
Just a minute or two later, Accies were reduced to ten when McMann picked up his second yellow card after a barge on Barker with the Gers on the break.
The red card killed any hopes Hamilton had of a late comeback as the Gers made the ball do the work for them and left Accies chasing shadows.
With the international break next up, attention will to Monday’s Europa League qualifying and then the clash with Dundee United in two weeks.
Rangers: McLaughlin, Tavernier, Helander, Goldson, Barisic, Hagi, Jack, Davis, Kent, Barker, Roofe
Subs: McGregor, Bassey, Patterson, Kamara, Morelos, Jones, Stewart, Balogun, Arfield