Rangers 2-0 St Mirren: Ross McCrorie ejected early but Gers stands firm

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard won his first victory in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday

This time, there was no dose of blues to follow a red card in the first half. The first Premiership victory in the possession of Steven Gerrard was assured despite a second weekend of exhaustion.

The 31-minute dismissal of Ross McCrorie for a last challenge to the tiebreaker of the Saints, Nikolai Brock-Madsen, left the Rangers in a familiar position, though not welcome.

They had fought impressively in the 78th minute with 10 men in Pittodrie seven days before the bitter blow of conceding a goal in injury time. In truth, a similar result never seemed probable here.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard won his first victory in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard won his first victory in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday

But it was not easy for Gerrard, since Ross McCrorie (left) was ejected in the first half

But it was not easy for Gerrard, since Ross McCrorie (left) was ejected in the first half

But it was not easy for Gerrard, since Ross McCrorie (left) was ejected in the first half

PARTY FACTS

Rangers: McGregor, Flanagan, Goldson, Katic, Barisic (Tavernier 62), McCrorie, Murphy, Coulibaly, Ejaria, Kent (Halliday 69), Morelos (Sadiq 77)

Subs not used: Foderingham, Candeias, Hodson, Middleton

Goals: Morelos 14, Goldson 24

Reserved: Barisic

St Mirren: Samson, P McGinn, Baird, Kpekawa, Coulson, Willock (McShane 75), S McGinn, Magennis, Smith, Brock-Madsen (Flynn 69), Mullen

Subs not used: Heaton, Cooke, King, Rogers, MacPherson

Sent: McCrorie

Reserved: Mullen, Smith, Baird, S McGinn

Assistance: 49,680

With a 2-0 lead, the Rangers traded most of an hour without being raped by their newly promoted opponents. The harder mentality demanded by the Ibrox manager of his squad was manifested in the relative lack of stress found on the road to banking in the three points.

Gerrard had felt that the world was against him & # 39; after the controversial early red card that was shown to Alfredo Morelos in that first draw at Pittodrie. It was a decision that the Rangers quickly appealed. And here we saw the value of having it overridden by an SFA panel.

Morelos made maximum use of his reprieve from the suspension. A first match in the 14th minute crowned a leading display of the Colombian's line. Ibrox stood up to cheer his contribution when he opened the way to Sadiq Umar at the end of the second period. A Rangers first goal for Connor Goldson came not long after to provide enough comfort once McCrorie walked.

With a strong debut by Borna Barisic, he signed a £ 1.5 million contract with Osijek last week, Gerrard is one point ahead of Celtic in the embryonic Premiership standings. Most important at this time, however, is the second leg of the Europa League on Thursday against Maribor in Slovenia. Confidence in defending a 3-1 advantage has surely only been reinforced.

As players, Gerrard had come face to face with Alan Stubbs in numerous Merseyside derbies. Now you can enjoy bragging rights as a manager. The saints could not offer enough incision when it mattered, but these are not the afternoons that will decide their fate.

Gerrard praised the second half of Thursday's first leg against Maribor as the team's most effective 45 minutes. Captain James Tavernier had played a central role in that great performance, but was dropped here. With Jon Flanagan suspended for the trip back to Slovenia, and Barisic ineligible, retaining a first-choice defender appeared the goal behind one of the three changes. Scott Arfield and Daniel Candeias also retired with the presentation of McCrorie and Jamie Murphy.

Goldson took over the bracelet and participated in the creation of the first real opportunity within an expectant and noisy Ibrox. Morelos took a touch on his chest to control the center of the dive, passed the ball before turning to shoot a fractionally wide shot.

Then Barisic showed the first vision of its quality. An excellent reverse pass found Morelos in the space centrally. He drew the center-backs of the Saints to him before slipping into Ryan Kent on his right. Liverpool's low push loanee did not have enough zip and was stifled by Craig Samson.

McCrorie looked dejected while leaving the field shortly after half an hour in Ibrox

McCrorie looked dejected while leaving the field shortly after half an hour in Ibrox

McCrorie looked dejected while leaving the field shortly after half an hour in Ibrox

No 17 to McCrorie was shown a red ladder by a lack of opportunity by Nicolai Brock-Madsen

No 17 to McCrorie was shown a red ladder by a lack of opportunity by Nicolai Brock-Madsen

No 17 to McCrorie was shown a red ladder by a lack of opportunity by Nicolai Brock-Madsen

However, an objective was coming. The relentless mentality demanded by Gerrard was exhibited while the Rangers kept looking for the opening, stretching the bottom line of the visitors with game switches.

The last thing Stubbs needed was for his players to provide him with any kind of help. But that was precisely what happened in the 14th minute when Jack Baird could not classify his feet on the edge of his area.

Murphy bent to gain possession of the defender and force the ball to Morelos. Closing in a cozy angle, the Colombian was not wrong with a finish that dodged the dive of Samson and embedded in the far corner of the network.

Gerrard made a gesture from the sideline to demand that he not slow down. His request was heard as the Rangers doubled their lead ten minutes later. And he gave Barisic an assist in his bow.

The Croatian free kick, launched deep into the area, was tailor-made for Goldson. Showing too much power for their markers, the £ 3 million purchase of Brighton headed home.

The Rangers were already ahead before dropping 10 men after Alfredo Morelos hit the first game

The Rangers were already ahead before dropping 10 men after Alfredo Morelos hit the first game

The Rangers were already ahead before dropping 10 men after Alfredo Morelos hit the first game

Morelos, who was rescinded last week's red card, gave Rangers the lead with a right foot shot

Morelos, who was rescinded last week's red card, gave Rangers the lead with a right foot shot

Morelos, who was rescinded last week's red card, gave Rangers the lead with a right foot shot

It seemed only a matter of how many more times they would hit Samson. But the tone of the half was altered by the dismissal in the 31st minute of McCrorie.

Stephen McGinn stole Murphy in midfield before sliding through a pass that overcame Ibrox's offside trap. Brock-Madsen, on loan from Birmingham City, took the opportunity before McCrorie took him 20 yards from the goal. The young man appealed that the coverage was coming, but the referee Don Robertson considered it a lack of the last man and brandished a red card.

It caused the temperature to increase. Barisic was hired shortly after to slip through Cammy Smith while local fans expressed their anger towards the officials. The real problem was if St Mirren could get some reward for his numerical advantage.

As it was, they were almost 3-0 back when Goldson led a corner of Kent against the post. A strike by Danny Mullen that cut the bar provided something of a response from the newly promoted side before the interval.

The Rangers remained firm thereafter. Morelos hit a wide one before being shot by Samson with a shot through Cole Kpekawa's legs.

The saints snorted and snorted, but McGregor could not cause him much anxiety. Grabbing a blow from Mullen was his main intervention since the Ibrox side did it calmly.

Connor Goldson put the 2-0 in 24 minutes while Rangers did the business while it was 11 against 11

Connor Goldson put the 2-0 in 24 minutes while Rangers did the business while it was 11 against 11

Connor Goldson put the 2-0 in 24 minutes while Rangers did the business while it was 11 against 11

Defender Goldson, who wore the captain's armband, found the net with a good header

Defender Goldson, who wore the captain's armband, found the net with a good header

Defender Goldson, who wore the captain's armband, found the net with a good header

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