Alfredo Morelos scored his first targets since February as Rangers eased past St Mirren to make it two Scottish Premiership wins out of two.
The Colombian headed Rangers’ second after Conor McCarthy’s first-half like plan and made it 3-0 with a faucet-in.
Striker Cedric Itten made his debut behind on as the Ibrox facet dominated in the Glasgow sunshine.
St Mirren goalkeeper Jak Alnwick twice denied James Tavernier and residence stopper Jon McLaughlin saved out Ilkay Durmus.
Morelos started no topic the midweek signings of Itten and Kemar Roofe, the latter now not in the squad, with manager Steven Gerrard announcing final season’s prime scorer had had his head turned by hypothesis linking him with Lille.
Nonetheless the 24-yr-passe recaptured the glean of his first three seasons at the membership with a indispensable header to transform Tavernier’s nook and then a conclude-fluctuate enact after Borna Barisic had crossed from the left.
He could per chance honest like netted earlier had it now not been for Alnwick, who additionally foiled Joe Aribo and stretched to beat away two shots by Tavernier.
St Mirren struggled to glean out of their very like half but gave the residence facet a worrying length early in the second half when debutant McLaughlin uncared for a spoiled and had to recover with a put off Jamie McGrath’s shot, with the Scotland cap then holding a fierce Durmus free-kick.
What did we learn?
Whereas the transfer window stays originate, it is doubtless Morelos will proceed to be linked with a transfer away from Ibrox after scoring 79 targets since he arrived in 2017.
Nonetheless, this efficiency showed he can easy be an asset to Rangers.
Gerrard’s facet had with regards to three-quarters of the possession, 29 shots in total and 12 heading in the precise route, constructing on the superiority they enjoyed at Aberdeen final weekend.
St Mirren bought their season off to a winning originate final week in opposition to Livingston and Alnwick’s efficiency will give the Paisley facet self perception they like got a respectable final line of defence this season.
Nonetheless, Jon Obika used to be very remoted in assault and wants more red meat up in fits the keep apart St Mirren are going to be under the cosh.
Man of the match – Alfredo Morelos
What did they are saying?
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard: “A form of teams are going to sit down down right here and plot us the mission to fetch the breakthrough. We stayed on from the first whistle as we chased the breakthrough.
“I believed Alfredo Morelos’ center of attention used to be the truth is strong. He bought a correct help and two targets and I believed his all-round play deserved these numbers.”
St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin: “I glean now not deem it is a end result that we could per chance honest easy allow to knock our self perception too significant, lets now not be judged on these particular games.
“Now we like to keep conclude the bones out of it the following day, explore at what we are going to keep better and take a understand at and re-energise for one other extremely complex sport on Wednesday.”
St Mirren host Celtic in Wednesday’s 18: 00 BST kick-off sooner than Rangers take on St Johnstone at Ibrox later that day at 19: 45.
By then Rangers, who like been knocked out of the 2019-20 Europa League by Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday, will like featured in the second qualifying plan for this season’s match.