Five-star Gers four points ahead

Rangers threw down the gauntlet to rivals Celtic in the SPL title race by cruising to a 5-0 win at Motherwell in Saturday's early game.

Last Updated: 30/04/11 at 17:47 Post Comment

Lafferty: Celebrates after breaking the deadlock

Lafferty: Celebrates after breaking the deadlock

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Kyle Lafferty, Steven Davis and Nikica Jelavic grabbed a goal apiece at Fir Park and Steven Naismith claimed a brace as the Scottish champions stretched their lead at the summit to four points.

The onus is now on Celtic to respond to the pressure and put points on the board against Dundee United on Sunday and make the most of their game in hand at Inverness in midweek.

Rangers named an unchanged side from the Old Firm derby while Motherwell made three changes from the side who staged their remarkable comeback at Hearts, with Steven Hammell, Maurice Ross and Steve Jennings all starting.

Steven Saunders was out with a knee injury, while Shaun Hutchinson and Tom Hateley were named on the bench.

Rangers started brightly and Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph was called into action to block smartly from Lafferty at his near post.

The home side then had the chance to pile on the pressure when Madjid Bougherra tripped Keith Lasley.

Despite claims for a penalty, the foul had taken place just outside the box and Jamie Murphy's free-kick failed to make it past the Rangers wall.

Rangers were ahead after 17 minutes when Davis provided the pass for Lafferty, who rounded the goalkeeper before sending an angled drive into the back of the net despite the best efforts of Hammell trying to block on the line.

Motherwell could have been back on level terms almost immediately when a Steve Jones effort took a deflection and a full-stretch Allan McGregor only just tipped past his post.

Well were threatening again when Murphy sent Francis Jeffers through on goal but the Rangers goalkeeper came to the rescue again when he raced off his line to block.

Lafferty - already on a booking - then foolishly insisted on firing the ball into the net despite spotting the offside flag but, fortunately for the striker, referee Mike Tumilty opted to take no action.

Hopes of a Motherwell fightback were dealt a blow when Rangers doubled their lead five minutes after the restart. Gregg Wylde delivered a great ball to the feet of Steven Naismith, whose shot was blocked by Randolph but fell kindly for Davis to rifle home the rebound.

Jelavic then saw his shot crash off the crossbar, before having an effort ruled offside after finding the back of the net.

The Croatian striker was finally on the scoresheet after 64 minutes when he met a cross from Sasa Papac at the back post and nodded home from close range.

Rangers were still hungry for goals and claimed their fourth of the day with 75 minutes gone.

Naismith exchanged passes with Jelavic before leaving Randolph with no chance with a ferocious shot from distance.

With the points secure, Rangers handed a debut to Salim Kerkar as he made his long-awaited first appearance for the club with seven minutes to go.

Naismith then put the gloss on the win with seconds to go as he crashed a fierce swerving shot into the top corner from a tight angle to complete the rout and claim his double.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Saturday, 18 October 2014
15:00
Dundee U 1-0 Partick Report
Motherwell 1-3 Dundee Report
St J'stone 1-2 Kilmarnck Report
St Mirren 0-1 Inverness Report
12:45
Ross Co 0-5 Celtic Report
Friday, 17 October 2014
19:45
Hamilton 3-0 Aberdeen Report
Sunday, 05 October 2014
13:00
Celtic 0-1 Hamilton Report
12:45
Inverness 1-1 Ross Co Report
Saturday, 04 October 2014
15:00
Dundee 2-3 Aberdeen Report
Partick 3-1 Motherwell Report

Scottish Premiership

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Hamilton 10 14 23
2 Dundee U 10 7 22
3 Inverness 10 6 20
4 Kilmarnck 10 6 20
5 Celtic 9 13 17
6 Aberdeen 10 1 16
7 Dundee 10 -1 13
8 Partick 9 0 10
9 St J'stone 10 -7 9
10 St Mirren 10 -8 7
11 Motherwell 10 -12 7
12 Ross Co 10 -19 4

Updated Sat, 18 Oct 2014

Footer 365

Government reveal plans aimed at making it easier for fans to run football clubs

The Government has revealed plans to establish a group of experts aimed at making it easier for fans to run football clubs.

Louis van Gaal felt individual errors spoiled a good display from Manchester United in draw at West Brom

Louis van Gaal felt that Manchester United produced their 'best match of the season', despite the 2-2 draw at West Brom.

Premier League: QPR forward Adel Taarabt criticises Harry Redknapp over claims he is unfit

QPR forward Adel Taarabt has hit back at manager Harry Redknapp over claims that he is overweight and unfit to play.

Mail Box

Reimbursing Fans? How Patronising...

It's something of a return to form for the mailbox with mails on Southampton (Liverpool fans are cynical), the gorgeous Graziano Pelle, Arsenal, Spurs and more...

Let's Face It, Liverpool Were Utter Dross

It's a reactive Monday morning Mailbox. Liverpool fans are getting pretty sodding worried, whilst we have the latest on the Southampton CRISIS. Plus, well done Michael Oliver...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property