Rangers must have been aware of Celtic dropping points earlier, and they had the chance to go in the international break on top of the table. That is precisely what they did as they produced a clinical performance against Hamilton winning 5-0 on the day.
Gerrard would be delighted that his team bounced back after the disappointment in Switzerland earlier. The home team started the tie well, and Defoe opened the scoring in the 8th minute. He could have added another soon as he hit the woodwork. Rangers got their second around the half-hour mark as Goldson headed in from Tavernier’s cross.
Barisic scored an identical goal through a free-kick which he scored against St. Mirren to make it 3-0. Rangers were in cruise control of the game and Defoe soon made it four by going past Easton. The veteran striker got his hattrick as Stewart’s attempt on goal fell kindly for him, and the Englishman dispatched it from close quarters to make it 5. The Gers schooled Hamilton on the day.
Here is how Gerrard’s men fared in their table-topping win against the Accies.
Allan McGregor 6
Had a snoozefest in goal as Hamilton didn’t have a shot on target from their three attempts. Did alright with his distribution.
George Edmundson 8
A straightforward game for the summer signing as he looked assured and composed in defence. Just looks like a reliable option and seems to have more time than others.
Connor Goldson 8
Will be glad to have a good performance in after a poor game in the Europa League. Wasn’t tested much but dealt with whatever came his way. Scored through a header which is becoming a common sight now.
Borna Barisic 9
Spent most of the game in the attacking half of the pitch. Scored through an impressive free-kick which should boost his confidence further. Looked confident and created plenty of chances down the left.
James Tavernier 7
After a horror night in Switzerland, Tavernier was on familiar ground as he was free of defensive duties for most parts and put in some decent crosses from the right. Assisted the goal for Goldson.
Steven Davis 7.5
The veteran has become the mainstay in the middle, and once again, he continued with the excellent work. His guile and presence in the middle is a significant influence for Rangers.
Glen Kamara 7
An easy game for Kamara as he hardly had to break a sweat. Looked in control and kept the ball moving in central areas.
Scott Arfield 7
Provided the tenacity and bite in the middle and never allowed the Accies too much time on the ball. Always looking to stretch play which allowed his teammates to get into good positions.
Greg Stewart 7
Came close to scoring on a few occasions but didn’t take his chances. Apart from that, he linked up play well and has definitely taken his opportunities well in the last few outings.
Sheyi Ojo 6.5
Has been inconsistent so far and Ojo was once again blowing hot and cold. Had some eye-catching moments as well as some mediocre ones.
Jermain Defoe 8.5
The English veteran grabbed the match ball as he scored a hattrick. To be fair, he could have had more than three. His movement was sharp, and he took his chances well enough. Stretched up play well and made some intelligent runs.
Alfredo Morelos N/A
Didn’t play enough to warrant a rating
Jamie Murphy 6
Played close to half-hour after not playing a part since last August and looked alright.
Matt Polster 6
Brought fresh legs on the pitch.
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