Ross Co. 0 – 4 Rangers

The Ronners have maintained their unbeaten run this season on their way to a 4-0 win over Ross County to extend their lead against Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

11 minutes into the half-time, the visitors took the lead thanks to Kemar Roof’s clever finish (26) before James Tavarier’s effort doubled.

Steven Gerrard’s side are 14 points ahead of Celtic, who have three games in hand, with a pen of Morris’ own goal () 2) and a strike from substitute Jermaine Defoe (90), who scored in the 600th appearance for the club and the country. The opponent, starting Sunday afternoon through a home clash with St. Johnston.

Ross County, meanwhile, is in trouble in eleventh place, one point below the table at St. Mirren.

Player rating

Ross County: Ledla (7), Watson (), Donaldson (6), Morris (5), Icovity (5), Reed (), Patton (), Tilson (6), Vigars (5), Guardian () Stuart (6)

Subs: Randall (6), Hilton (6), Charles-Cook (6), Wright (6)

Rangers: McGregor (), Tavernier (9), Goldson (), Balogun (), Bus (6), Aribo (6), Davis (6), Comara (), Roof (), Kent (6), Morlos (6)

Subs: Haji ()), Defoe (7), Eaton (), Jangu (), Arfield ())

Man of the Match: James Taverier

How the Rangers remain undefeated

Jordan Tilson of Ross County and Ryan Kent of the Rangers

The league leaders reached the Highlands on Thursday night to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League and to keep up the pressure on the champions before their clash on Sunday and they did just that in another clinical display.

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Just before the half-hour mark of a beautiful move involving Steven Davis, the Rangers dominated from start to finish before making official progress, whose beautifully weighted ball cleared Tarvarrier to the right.

From the center of the captain, the roof was softened to lead the visitors in a six-yard box, but they doubled down after 56 minutes, albeit in a less convincing style.

Joe Aribo and Ryan Kent met very well together from the bottom left, before crossing to the end and rather luckily ending in Tavernier’s net, not that the right-back didn’t know much about the 16th goal in his last 20 appearances.

After that, it was a turning point for the Rangers, who scored again on Morris’ own goal as the Ross County defender unforgettably tried to cut the ball to his own net for the unmarked Alfredo Morlos.

Team news

The hosts have made two changes, starting with Jordan Tilson and Michael Guardin.

Rangers’ Steven Gerrard made two changes to the squad to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League after beating Standard Lage 3-2 on Thursday night to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League.

And the final performance of a game played in front of 300 fans forced Defoe to stand on the bench by scoring an ideal poacher goal from a close range, the 322nd of his famous career at 38 years old.

What the managers said …


Stuart Kettlewell felt that his players gave everything to the Rangers by beating them 0-4 in the Scottish Premiership.

Steven Gerrard: “I judge him [Tavernier] As he walks through the door, what is he doing? Is he helping me set the standard? Is everything he does professional? Is he leading by example? Is he helping young boys? Is he sure everyone is in it and the culture will be strong?

“He’s been great this season. I can’t be proud of him anymore. He just needs to keep going because he’s a huge help to me.

“His number is top-level staff. I’ve played with some great attacking right-backs – Kyle Walker, Glenn Johnson, Steve Finan to name a few.

“Tav is right there. The way we play really suits James. The good thing to me is that he’s still playing the other side of the game. He’s pushing, he’s really aggressive, he’s won his duel, he’s closing the cross.

“My clean sheet record is as important to me as any other James number. He should bottle it wherever he is now and he needs to stay there as long as he can because he is in great form.”


Steven Gerrard described the record of 2-0 win against Ross County as the strongest performance.

Man of the Match – James Taverier

The Rangers captain made another impressive display in his favor at the Global Energy Stadium on Sunday and already has to be the Player of the Season candidate.

The right-back played virtually as a right winger throughout the game and slammed numerous lung-busting jerks from which he made the opening goal for the spectators on the roof.

And to miss his great performance, the 29-year-old was aiming to double the Rangers’ lead, meaning the player has now scored or assisted in his team’s last eight league matches.

What next?

Ross County will face Aberdeen in Pitcairn on Saturday, with the game running at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, Rangers will face Lech Poznan in the Europa League group stage clash on Thursday (5.55pm) on Thursday (5.55pm), before heading to Dundee United on Sunday 13 December (12pm), in a match you will see live Sky Sports Football

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