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Rangers 2-0 Motherwell

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Highlights: Rangers 2-0 Motherwell

Danny Wilson and Alfredo Morelos scored in the second half as Rangers overcame stout Motherwell resistance to win.

Both sides lost key players to first-half injuries, Motherwell's Carl McHugh suffering a head knock and Rangers' Ryan Jack stretchered off.

The breakthrough came when Wilson finished confidently inside the area from a corner kick.

Morelos sealed the victory by drilling a shot past Motherwell goalkeeper Trevor Carson.

Motherwell were seeking their first league win at Ibrox since 1997, and hoping to take advantage of a Rangers side that had lost two consecutive games.

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos scores against Motherwell
Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos secured victory over Motherwell with a 76th-minute strike

Ibrox manager Graeme Murty made four changes to his starting line-up, with Bruno Alves, Niko Kranjcar, Jack and Eduardo Herrera coming into the side.

Rangers looked nervy on occasion even after scoring, having thrown away leads against both St Johnstone and Kilmarnock, but this time the home side held on for a victory which keeps them three points behind second-placed Aberdeen.

Murty did suffer a setback as he prepares to face Celtic on Saturday, with Jack looking to have suffered a painful injury in a challenge by Cedric Kipre and having to leave the field on a stretcher.

While Rangers edged the first-half chances, James Tavernier, Kranjcar, Morelos and Herrera all spurned the opportunities that fell their way.

Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack stretchered off
Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack was stretchered off following a challenge with Motherwell's Cedric Kipre

Otherwise, Stephen Robinson's well-drilled Fir Park outfit managed to frustrate the hosts, even though they suffered a problem of their own when the captain, Carl McHugh, had to come off during the opening period with a head knock.

Soon after Jack departed, Kipre was also involved in another uncompromising challenge, earning a booking for catching Herrera in the face with his boot.

With both teams suffering enforced substitutions due to injuries, eight minutes were added on before half-time and the visitors almost made the most of it as Allan Campbell - McHugh's replacement - fizzed a shot across the face of goal.

Rangers returned for the second period with renewed vigour, and they were rewarded in the 55th minute.

Motherwell captain Carl McHugh
Motherwell captain Carl McHugh had to be replaced in the first half after suffering a head knock

Motherwell could only clear a Kranjcar corner to the edge of their box where Jamie Barjonas - the substitute on for Jack - was lurking to knock the ball back into the danger zone. Alves diverted it down for Wilson, who smashed his third goal in six games into the top corner from 15 yards.

Morelos wasted a great chance to double the lead on 70 minutes after being slotted through by Kranjcar, firing straight at Motherwell goalkeeper Trevor Carson.

But the striker did beat the Northern Irishman six minutes later, squeezing a low drive into the far corner of the net from a tight angle for his fourth goal in five games.

The defeat keeps Motherwell in eighth place in the Premiership, and they are now on a run of eight games without a win.

Rangers and Motherwell players observe minute's silence
Rangers and Motherwell players observed a minute's silence before kick-off to remember the 66 Rangers fans who died in the 1971 Ibrox disaster

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 22Bruno Alves
  • 6Wilson
  • 3John
  • 40McCrorieBooked at 68mins
  • 8JackSubstituted forBarjonasat 41'minutes
  • 23Holt
  • 19KranjcarSubstituted forPeñaat 83'minutes
  • 15Herrera
  • 20MorelosSubstituted forHardieat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Hodson
  • 21Candeias
  • 24Bates
  • 27Peña
  • 31Hardie
  • 32Kelly
  • 35Barjonas

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 21KipreBooked at 42mins
  • 6Hartley
  • 18Dunne
  • 2TaitBooked at 45mins
  • 5BigirimanaBooked at 73mins
  • 8McHughSubstituted forCampbellat 20'minutes
  • 4GrimshawBooked at 82mins
  • 15RoseSubstituted forBowmanat 62'minutes
  • 17FisherSubstituted forNewellat 78'minutes
  • 27Tanner

Substitutes

  • 3Hammell
  • 12Bowman
  • 19Xenodochof
  • 22Campbell
  • 24Newell
  • 26MacLean
  • 31Turnbull
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
49,273

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 2, Motherwell 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Motherwell 0.

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

Craig Tanner (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Carlos Peña (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Allan Campbell (Motherwell).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Richard Tait.

Ryan Hardie (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Peter Hartley (Motherwell).

James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Allan Campbell (Motherwell).

Jason Holt (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cedric Kipre (Motherwell).

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by James Tavernier.

Attempt missed. Jamie Barjonas (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Ryan Hardie replaces Alfredo Morelos.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Carlos Peña replaces Niko Kranjcar.

Foul by Declan John (Rangers).

Allan Campbell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

Declan John (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

Foul by Ross McCrorie (Rangers).

Allan Campbell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. George Newell replaces Alex Fisher.

Attempt missed. Alex Fisher (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 2, Motherwell 0. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Alex Fisher (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Gael Bigirimana (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ross McCrorie (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gael Bigirimana (Motherwell).

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

Attempt blocked. Craig Tanner (Motherwell) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

Gael Bigirimana (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Jamie Barjonas (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Ross McCrorie (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ross McCrorie (Rangers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic21155148153350
2Aberdeen2113353324942
3Rangers21123641251639
4Hibernian219753026434
5Hearts217862119229
6St Johnstone207582128-726
7Kilmarnock206772427-325
8Motherwell2073102529-424
9Hamilton2055102733-620
10Dundee2154122132-1119
11Ross County2145122134-1317
12Partick Thistle2145121737-2017
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