Rangers edged out Motherwell in a potential banana skin at Fir Park with the Steelmen winning three games on the bounce coming into the match.
The game was a physical, frenetic affair but over the piece Rangers were more than good for their two-goal victory over the Lanarkshire side.
A Nikola Katic header from a superb Borna Barisic corner had Rangers on their way and Alfredo Morelos doubled the lead midway through the second half before being sent off for his celebrations.
Rangers fans might gripe with the decision to send the Colombian for an early bath, but by the rulebook, Don Robertson was well within his rights to send the striker off.
However, with other players throughout the league consistently being let off with goading opposition supporters, it appears a harsh decision from the referee.
Morelos had spurned a host of chances in the run-up to scoring and had also taken dogs abuse from Motherwell fans throughout the match.
Well can also count themselves lucky to have ten men on the park after a pretty horrible lunge by Liam Donnelly on Alfredo Morelos in the first half.Motherwell keeper Mark Gillespie was in inspired form all afternoon and generally kept the scoreline respectable for the Steelmen as Rangers turned the screw.
Borna Barisic almost added some gloss to the victory with a curling free-kick in the final moments but saw a stunning effort saved onto the post by an inspired Gillespie.
Here’s how the Rangers players rated in the match.
GK – Allan McGregor – 7
Almost caught out in the first half after hesitating during a Motherwell breakaway but recovered to make an inspired stop from a James Scott header at point-blank range.
Will have busier days but came up big for the club when needed.
DR – James Tavernier – 7
Tav was his usual energetic self and always provided an out-ball for the team, and for that consistency alone he deserves high praise.
However, his crossing was just off in the first half (even if it improved in the second) and the ball didn’t seem to roll as comfortably for him as normal. Still, a solid display from the skipper.
DC – Connor Goldson – 6
Some shaky moments from Connor Goldson in the match but as unconvincing as he was at times he always managed to get the job done.
Such a vital voice for Rangers and the marshal of the defence but struggles when the ball is played direct.
DC – Nikola Katic – 7
Katic was the main source of defensive confusion for that early Motherwell chance as he rushed out of defence and missed an important header.
Apart from that he was solid enough in a difficult match and also showed huge hunger to get the opening goal. That earns him the 7.
DL – Borna Barisic – 8
Yet another inspired display from a player who fast becoming one of our strongest assets. A wand of a left-foot and he proved it time-and-again today.
Barisic has energy, has an added robustness and he provided an assist to get us underway. Unlucky not to have more, or to score himself from a stunning free-kick.
CDM – Ryan Jack – 6
A solid enough game for a player who consistently does the job asked of him in the middle of the pitch. Used the ball well but didn’t get as far forward as we’ve seen him of late.
Leapt to Alfredo Morelos’ defence for Liam Donnelly’s reckless challenge as the teams made their way down the tunnel.
CM – Glen Kamara – 6
Perhaps looking a bit tired after a huge week in the spotlight Kamara was relatively wasteful in the first half but tidied up in the second.
Had a chance in the first but lacked composure and wildly powered the ball over the net. Solid, but will have more influential games.
CM – Scott Arfield – 7
Enjoying a spell in the side and seems to be developing a growing understanding with Joe Aribo. Is always an option and was very aware of the players around him for both Rangers and the Steelmen.
Some nice touches and he showed a lot of energy. We’ll see the best of the Canadian captain again before long.
RW – Joe Aribo – 8
Aribo continues to grow into this Rangers side and particularly in the first-half was one of the most influential players on the pitch. There’s an added bite and effort to his game combined with real ability.
Drifted in and out of things a little in the second but another solid display will add to his burgeoning confidence.
ST – Alfredo Morelos – 8 – Man of the Match
Despite seeing red, Alfredo Morelos was far and away the man of the match. Harshly sent packing for his celebrations, Morelos was unlucky not to have a hattrick before he scored.
A constant thorn in Motherwell’s side and thwarted time and again by Well keeper Mark Gillespie. Will be a miss in Edinburgh.
LW – Ryan Kent – 7
Showed some fantastic touches and displayed a real drive on that left-hand side for Rangers but things not completely coming off the wee man at the moment.
Unlucky not to score in the second half and regularly an out-ball for players, even if he is coming too deep as of present. Retains the ball in tight spaces and generally uses it well but still some way off top form.