rangers secured a third consecutive scottish premiership win of the season with a cushty dismissal of st johnstone.

striker theo bair squandered a very good early risk for the visitors.

but their hazard dwindled after malik tillman replicated his midweek scoring bounce to move in off the bar.

striker antonio colak grabbed his 1/3 aim in three video games with a medical finish before late moves from scott arfield and tom lawrence.

rangers’ 7th directly domestic win given that dropping to celtic in april is the right raise for supervisor giovanni van bronckhorst beforehand of tuesday’s champions league play-off first leg against psv eindhoven at ibrox.

both sides took to the ibrox sunshine on the returned of mind-blowing wins – rangers having became round a two-intention deficit in opposition to union saint-gilloise, and saints away to motherwell remaining weekend.

it become callum davidson’s unchanged aspect who usual the higher chances on the break in the early ranges regardless of losing cammy macpherson in the commencing minutes, the harm forcing an early debut for former watford midfielder daniel phillips following his midweek signing.

bair need to have achieved higher than poke huge from 5 yards after a move from former rangers winger jamie murphy fell kindly for the striker.

however, while john lundstram received a nook off the arms of goalkeeper remi matthews with a effective force, james tavernier’s move determined tillman ghosting in at the back submit to go in off the bottom of the crossbar.

the on-loan bayern munich midfielder’s 2d intention in 5 days was just like his stunning, suit-winning bounce against the belgians on tuesday.

winger rabbi matondo sent a vicious drive off the crossbar before putting in place the next two desires.

his block as drey wright dallied on an attempted clearance surpassed colak his chance, before he then rounded matthews to set up arfield for a faucet-in.

there has been nonetheless time for arfield to set up comply with midfield replacement lawrence for his first rangers aim.

man of the match – john lundstram (rangers)

rangers benefit from more potent squad
the game appeared to be following a comparable sample to rangers’ opening two victories over livingston and kilmarnock, with van bronckhorst’s aspect labouring to break down a packed defence.

but, after they were given their noses in the front, the ibrox facet have been a one of a kind animal.

van bronckhorst made four modifications, with winger ryan kent and defender james sands lacking via damage and contamination respectively, and the way they completed with a flourish with substitutes locating the internet showed rangers’ brought power intensive this season.

in summer signing antonio colak, specifically, they have found the goal poacher they needed with alfredo morelos nonetheless considered short of match fitness following injury.

st johnstone will appearance to that early omit – and there had been guidelines of offside in colak’s intention – as davidson quickly consigns the experience to history.

thinking about they have beaten rangers best as soon as in 15 meetings and feature lost the today’s four, something taken from ibrox could had been an advantage.

what they said
rangers manager giovanni van bronckhorst: “i expect ryan kent and james sands to be okay for tuesday.

“sincerely thrilled because we modified a few players these days – a few we had to and a few we gave greater mins – so basic it become a tremendous day for us. i’m thrilled with the general display, the 3 factors are manifestly vital, the 4 goals, a easy sheet and the pressure to maintain going and try to rating dreams proper to the stop.”

st johnstone supervisor callum davidson: “first half, i notion we played properly. rangers had the bulk of the ball, however we defended nicely as a collection and labored extraordinarily difficult and at instances when we transitioned to the alternative end was pretty right.

“2d 1/2, we attempted to have a touch pass and put bodies forward to put them underneath a bit of pressure. i’m disappointed with the dreams conceded, but i’ve seen large enhancements within the group going forward.”

what is next?
rangers host psv eindhoven in tuesday’s champions league play-off first leg (20:00 bst) before travelling hibernian inside the premiership on saturday (12:30) as st johnstone host aberdeen (15:00).

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