our Mark Gillespie was at Ibrox for our defeat yesterday…
Sunday 6th October 2019, kick off 3pm
Rangers 5 Hamilton Academical 0
Little was expected of Brian Rice’s young side before an expectant home crowd. We remain in eighth spot after a torrid afternoon. Rangers duly delivered the big win which moves them two points clear at the top going into the international break.
A Jermaine Defoe hat trick along with strikes from Barisic and Goldson probably constitutes a drubbing. But,Brian Rice points out that Accies are only the latest side to leave Govan on the wrong end of a few goals, Steven Gerard’s strikers having already notched 25 between them this season.
“It was just what I expected coming here. Their attacking play was as good as I’ve seen in a long, long time. It was very difficult, especially after the early goal”, he said post-match.
“We lost five nil, but anybody can come here and lose five goals. Celtic and Rangers are on a different planet. Between those two and the rest, the gap for me is as big as I’ve ever seen.”
“I’m trying to take the positives. We ended up with a lot of young players on the pitch, trying to get on the ball. We could have really gone under, but the boys kept at it. It hurts, and we want to do better.”
“Normally I don’t like the international break. I like to keep playing Saturday after Saturday. But this time I’m looking forward to it after a tough run of games.We’ll rest the boys up now for the next set of fixtures which we’ll expect to take points from.”
Celtic’s loss at Livingston probably created even more impetus for a rampant home side, the top spot theirs for the taking. We set out to frustrate for as long as possible, with four changes from last weekend in defensive formation. McKenna and Fjortoft came in to try and reinforce a back five. Oakley and Beck were in to lend support at the other end of the pitch, the German’s first Accies start.
Rangers shuffled their side from the Europa League defeat in Berne in midweek, with Edmundson, Stewart and Defoe all starting in place of Helander, Jack and Morelos.
Any hopes stemmed from surviving the inevitable early onslaught. But the game plan was undone inside six minutes, Stewart threading through for Defoe to lob Fon Williams in and off the post.
It was a relentless opening 15 minutes from the hosts, the Accies ‘keeper punching clear an Ojo effort five minutes later. Accies cleared the rebound off the line, to just about survive further damage.
Another early goal might have folded us. Defoe volleyed an Ojo cross off the post on 26 minutes, as Accies continued to live dangerously.
We made it just beyond the half hour before Rangers grabbed that second goal, Goldson starting the move, waltzing into the Accies box to head home Tavernier’s cross on 33 minutes.
Accies made their one foray up the other end straight away, Ronan Hughes firing just over McGregor’s bar straight after. Realistically though it was starting to look like damage limitation, the hosts dominating the possession and every attack a danger.
Accies kept at it though, before crumbling in a 10-minute second half spell. Barisic curled home a set piece from 25 yards on the hour mark to settle any doubts about the points. Defoe then helped himself to a hat trick, angling home from the corner of the box five minutes later.
The former England striker rattled home a rebound inside the box on 71 minutes to complete a perfect day for the home fans.
Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Edmundson, Goldson, Defoe, Davis (Murphy, 65), Ojo (Morelos, 80), Kamara, Stewart, Barisic, Arfield (Polster, 65)Subs Unused: Foderingham, Halliday, Aribo, Katic
Goals:Defoe, 6, 62, 70, Goldson, 33, Barisic, 60
Accies: Fon Williams, McMann, McKenna, Fjortoft (Hamilton, 68 ), Oakley, Alston, Gogic, Hughes, Beck (L Smith, 59), Easton (c), Stubbs; Subs Unused: Southwood, Miller, Cunningham, MacKinnon, Ogkmpoe
Booking: Stubbs, 59
Referee: Nick Walsh;Assistants: Frankie Connor and Graeme Leslie; Fourth Official: Barry Cook
Attendance: 48,838 (134 Accies)