BACK within the early throes of March, David Moyo hit a well-known winner for Hamilton to cap an excruciating 4 days for Rangers.
Dumped out of the Scottish Cup by Hearts on the Saturday, Steven Gerrard’s rudderless facet hit all-time low in a defeat which left them 13 factors behind Celtic.
Rangers hit EIGHT in an emphatic Ibrox win over Hamilton Credit score: Willie Vass – The Solar
The boos that rang spherical Ibrox stadium that evening stated all of it.
Rangers had been a shambles.
Missing in route and management, some even questioned whether or not Gerrard had the abdomen for the combat.
Quick ahead eight months and the panorama has modified solely.
Nobody is doubting Gers now.
Joe Aribo bagged a double for RangersCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
Having completely humiliated Hamilton, Gerrad’s facet at the moment are a staggering 20 video games unbeaten throughout all competitions for the season.
They haven’t misplaced domestically since that humbling defeat to Accies on March 4.
And so they head into the worldwide break 9 factors away from Celtic on the high of the league.
RANGERS: McLaughlin 7, Tavenier 8, Goldson 8, Balogun 7, Barisic 6, Arfield 7, Jack 6, Aribo 8, Kent 7, Roofe 7; Defoe 7.
SUBS: Bassey 5 (Barisic 46), Zungu 5 (Jack 46) Barker 5 (Kent 58) Hagi 3 (Aribo 69) Itten 3 (Arfield 74).
HAMILTON: Fulton 5, Hodson 4, Odoffin 4, Easton 4, McMann 4, Hughes 4, Callachan 4, Stirling 4, Collar 5, Moyo 4, Ogkmpoe 4.
SUBS: Winter 2 (Ogkmpoe 54) Hughes 2 (L Smith 54) Mimnaugh 3 (Callachan 73)
In this sort of kind they may take some stopping.
This was Rangers’ largest ever win beneath Gerrard – the hammering they’ve been threatening to dish out for a while.
A surprising victory which was each bit as spectacular because the emphatic scoreline suggests.
Following Gers’ 3-3 draw in Lisbon on Thursday, Gerrard made 5 adjustments to his beginning line-up.
Jon McLaughlin began forward of Allan McGregor in objective whereas Jermain Defoe, Roofe, Arfield and Leon Balogun had been all reinstated.
Kemar Roofe additionally scored two for Rangers in thumping win over Accies Credit score: Willie Vass – The Solar
That meant no place for Filip Helander after his horror present towards Benfica.
Rangers had the factors sewn up contained in the opening 20 minutes.
Their attacking play was too scorching for Hamilton to deal with with Gers scoring three objectives inside three devastating first half minutes.
Aribo obtained his second and Gers’ fourth earlier than half-time rescued hapless Hamilton.
Three first rate possibilities had come and gone with Connor Goldson, Ryan Kent and James Tavernier all testing Accies keeper Ryan Fulton earlier than the floodgates opened on 16 minutes.
Arfield opened the scoring for the Premiership leaders Credit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
It was a catastrophe for the Hamilton defence with Hakeem Odoffin and Ben Stirling bumping into each other, permitting Defoe to ship Kent clear into house.
The winger reduce into the field earlier than trying up and choosing out Arfield. The Gers midfielder took it first time, facet footing the ball into the web.
He made it look straightforward, it was something however.
Two minutes later and Rangers had one other.
Tavernier did beautifully on the suitable hand facet, whipping in a unbelievable cross which Roofe rose to satisfy forward of Stirling.
Roofe fires house from close-range for RangersCredit score: Willie Vass – The Solar
Keeper Fulton had no likelihood. A minute later and Aribo obtained his identify on the scoresheet after but extra pulsating attacking play by the house facet.
Kent and Arfield mixed to select Aribo who reduce inside onto his left foot earlier than firing past Fulton.
Roofe got here near his second simply previous the half hour mark and he was concerned once more three minutes later, this time turning supplier for Aribo.
Tavernier’s preliminary cross precipitated all the issues with the Hamilton defence as soon as once more at sixes and sevens.
Roofe did effectively to retrieve it, feeding Aribio whose shot, similar to his first, took a slight deflection off Will Collar earlier than discovering its manner into the again of the Accies web.
Bongani Zungu on for his Rangers debut Credit score: Willie Vass – The Solar
Brian Rice couldn’t consider what he was watching. Rangers had ruthlessly ripped his facet aside.
A few of their motion had been a pleasure to observe. However Gerrard STILL needed extra.
Urging his gamers to get ahead in numbers, he additionally had the luxurious of creating two adjustments on the break with Calvin Bassey changing Borna Barisic and Bongani Zungu approaching for his debut instead of Ryan Jack.
Gers merely picked up from the place they’d left off, stretching the Hamilton defence at each alternative.
Tavernier pressured Fulton into a sensible save at his close to put up with the second half simply two minutes previous.
Rangers had been discovering house and pockets everywhere in the park. Regardless of their first half chasing, Hamilton had realized nothing.
James Tavernier transformed his first from the afternoon from the penalty spotCredit score: Willie Vass – The Solar
And on 54 minutes, Gers obtained a fifth. Kent did effectively once more vast left, floating a ball to the again put up which Defoe was quickest to react to.
His effort got here again off the put up and because the Accies defence continued to face round and watch, Roofe moved in to slam house the rebound.
It was one other present gratefully obtained by Rangers.
They had been embarrassing Hamilton now. Hamilton had been embarrassing themselves.
With 61 minutes gone, Barker obtained a sixth for Gers together with his first contact of the match.
Bassey did beautifully, crossing for Defoe who held the ball up earlier than teasing it into the patch of the Rangers sub.
Barker took it in his stride, Fulton once more with no likelihood.
Issues simply went from unhealthy to worse for the guests with Odoffin freely giving a penalty after a foul on Defoe.
Tavernier stepped up from the spot to make it seven – 5 minutes later the Gers skipper made it EIGHT.
Sub Barker additionally obtained in on the scoring act for Rangers at IbroxCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
By now Hamilton had chucked it – the defence in whole disarray. Roofe was allowed to chop in on the angle, with Fulton saving effectively.
Once more, nonetheless, nobody in purple and white moved with Tav gleefully smashing house the rebound.
Defoe then hit the put up as Rangers went searching for a ninth.
Not many managers survive an eight objective thrashing and Rice is now a person beneath critical strain.