Steven Gerrard claimed that his Rangers team had been frightened by a late goal race against Hamilton to make sure they finally got their first away win in the Premier League.
The Ibrox team was watching a fifth league game on the road without victory when Steven Boyd canceled Ryan Kent's first game with ten minutes to play.
But James Tavernier scored two penalties in the space of three minutes, both granted by Accies defender Alex Penny, before Alfredo Morelos scored in the time of detention.
Steven Gerrard expressed relief after a series of final goals that saw the Rangers beat Hamilton
James Tavernier scored two penalties for the Rangers in the final stages of the game
Gerrard felt that the fear of prolonging the long wait for success in his travels had been the impetus for a remarkable end to an otherwise disappointing performance.
When asked if his players had shown character, the manager of the Rangers responded: "Is that the word you would use?
"I think we were really scared when they matched, that basically gave us the rocket we needed because, with 1-0 up, we were too casual and I did not feel comfortable on the sidelines."
"I always felt that they were going to have an opportunity or a decision that could have been costly in terms of victory escaping us."
"But your goal scared us a bit and that brought us to life. Then we went to win comfortably, but 4-1 flattered us.
"As for the performance, we were not in that today, we were not great, but I am satisfied with the three points and the result because all the conversations before the game were about our visitor record and how we had not had a victory for eight months ( when the Rangers beat St Johnstone under Graeme Murty's command).
& # 39; The points were the most important thing to me, but I was not satisfied with our screen, to be honest.
"It came in the back of an international break, it was a plastic throw and maybe this was not the juiciest match for the players to be motivated, but you have to be prepared for it." There are many factors, but those are the ones in front of my mind.
Ryan Kent's goal gave the Rangers the lead just before halftime, but Hamilton later leveled
Alfredo Morelos celebrates after scoring the fourth goal of the Rangers, who made sure of his victory
Ibrox captain Tavernier has a perfect record of seven successful penalties this season, with Gerrard praising the way he grabbed the lifeline offered by Penny's ball at a cross from Daniel Candeias. Hamilton's central defender then knocked down Morelos to ruin any chance of his side claiming a point.
"James has a fantastic technique and supports himself," said Gerrard. "He has the personality to advance in pressurized situations and, certainly, the first penalty today, with the score in 1-1 and the time is over, was very important for us." But it did not surprise me, because it's been great for us all season. "Accies manager Martin Canning felt that referee Andrew Dallas should have kicked him to the side when Mickel Miller became entangled with Tavernier midway through the period. opening.
"Mickel gets inside Tavernier and they keep him," argued Canning. "If that is anywhere else in the park, 100% is awarded a free throw, why not give it in the penalty box?
"I do not know if it's because there were not 2,000 fans behind the goal screaming for that, and if it was the other way around and they jump, is that a penalty?" I do not know. But for me, it was a pity for us first of all.
& # 39; The first penalty they receive is hard. Penny goes and hits her shoulder first before falling on her arm. I do not think it's a deliberate attempt by him to block the ball with his arm.
& # 39; The second penalty is a penalty. Maybe it's a bit of naivety on the part of a young defender who is still learning his trade. It is a pain to lose 4-1 & # 39;
Steven Boyd's effort took Hamilton's level in the 80th minute and put the Rangers in action