Ahead of today’s fixture against Aberdeen, we suggested that it was time Greg Stewart got a chance to prove himself.
Michael Beale recently claimed that the 29-year-old had been training well [RangersTV] and with several stars out through injury and the team looking leggy in mid-week, it was the ideal scenario for the summer signing to come in and freshen things up.
Especially, considering the game was against his former side.
Before today, Stewart had struggled for playing time.
Since joining on a free in June, he had made seven appearances, but most of those were just cameos from the bench.
His only starts were in foregone conclusions of fixtures against St Joseph’s and East Fife.
This time around, though, Stevie G threw him into a high-pressure game, against a side who defeated the Gers three times last season.
Boy did he respond.
Stewart was involved from the off, linking up well with Morelos and taking on shots from the edge of the area.
In the 40th minute, he got his reward. The attacker was first to react to a Joe Lewis parry and he prodded home his first Rangers goal, before celebrating gleefully in front of the Dons fans.
In the second half, full of confidence after opening his account, he caused all sorts of problems. He struck a post with a close-range effort before earning a penalty after being hauled down by Greg Leigh.
Right at the death, after a Jermain Defore finish made it five, he once again came close to grabbing his second.
A superb performance from the lifelong bluenose, then, who was full of running, creativity and quality.
Rangers fans laud Greg Stewart’s breakthrough
Not everyone was convinced when Stewart was named in the starting XI, but I think it’s fair to say he won over any doubters with this display.
Social media went wild for the ex-Birmingham City man.
Here’s a selection of reactions to his performance from Twitter: