Rangers returned to winning ways against Livingston on Sunday after goals from Ryan Jack, Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos gave them a 3-0 win at the Tony Macaroni Arena to keep their title dream alive.
Steven Gerrard’s side dominated throughout and deserved the win against Livi.
After making four changes to his side, the Gers returned to the 4-3-3 they’ve used so well this season.
Jack opened the scoring on 30 minutes before Kent doubled the Gers lead a few minutes after the start of the second-half.
Morelos put the seal on the win when he grabbed Rangers third goal in the 73rd minute.
The Colombian done well to round Kelly before slotting home from a tight angle.
The result returns the Gers to second in the league table – three points behind leaders Celtic.
Here are three things we learned from the 3-0 win for Steven Gerrard’s side:
Tavernier is a far better player with Candeias ahead of him
James Tavernier has come in for plenty of stick in recent months but it’s clear that he’s an important player in Gerrard’s squad.
The number of goals and assists he contributes to the side would be incredibly difficult to replace.
He’s far from perfect though and the Kilmarnock game was a perfect example of some of his weaknesses.
Without Daniel Candeias ahead of him, Tavernier looks a much poorer player.
The duo have a great chemistry down the right and bring so much to the side – offensively and defensively – when they start together.
Rangers need to work on the diamond midfield much more before ditching 4-3-3
There’s never anything wrong with having more than one ‘style’ up your sleeve.
With a number of talented strikers, only going with one up top won’t always be the answer for the Gers.
But seeing how comfortable the side looked in the 4-3-3 today compared to in midweek’s diamond then it’s clear it still needs a lot of work.
It might not suit certain players but they’ll have to adapt or find themselves frozen out.
Ross McCrorie is a must-pick player to anchor Gerrard’s midfield
Ross McCrorie has been Rangers best player over the last few months.
Since his return to the side he has looked a far more rounded player than he had earlier in the year.
Regardless of which shape Gerrard’s side line up in, McCrorie’s name must be one of the first on the team-sheet.
The way he breaks up play and disrupts teams trying to play through the Gers is vital.
Finding a way to accommodate everyone is going to be a real test of Gerrard’s managerial skills but McCrorie deserves to be starting every game just now.