DAPO MEBUDE blasted in a quick-fire hat-trick for Rangers – but revealed he was more bothered that he had helped Rangers secure three points in the Reserve League as they thrashed Motherwell 6-2 at the Hummel Training Centre.

Cammy Palmer’s drive and a well-worked Eros Grezda goal had the Gers cruising at half-time but Motherwell levelled the game in the second half.

It didn’t stop the Gers from playing on with their style and dominant performance in the afternoon sunshine though as three goals from Mebude and one from Dallas secured an emphatic victory.

Mebude, seeing game time in the Reserve side coming from the under-18 squad, was featuring again having played in the win at St Andrews against Dundee United last week and when he replaced Grezda at the break, he came out firing.

The youngster got himself into good areas and was always available for a pass as his attacking instinct down the right complimented the endeavours of fellow substitute Serge Atakayi on the opposite flank.

Despite claiming a hat-trick in his 45 minutes including a thumping low strike at the back post for his second, Mebude was more delighted for the team’s result as they were rewarded for a dominant display.

He said: “I’m happy to get the three goals but more importantly the win. That’s all that matters and I am just happy to help the team out.

“We were disappointed to let the two goals go in because we were playing well. We dominated the game but we were just happy to bring it back and get a result at the end.”

Grezda, Lee Wallace, Umar Sadiq and Jordan Rossiter all contributed in the first half very well but were taken off at the interval and Mebude enjoyed the attitude from his team mates to the potential problems that such major changes could have had on the side.

Mebude said: “I think that shows the depth on the squad. Everyone is looking to get on and prove a point to the manager so we’re happy with that.

“For me the most pleasing aspect was the team’s performance. The way we never let our standards drop, you see at the end when we kept playing it out from the back until the very last whistle so I thought that was good.”

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