All the talk before the game was of Michael Mols starting the game but by the final whistle there was only one name on the fans’ lips – Kenny Miller!
The youngster equalled the feat of Marco Negri – who scored five against Dundee United – four seasons ago – during the 7-1 romp of the Love Street men.
The former Hibs man got off to the best possible start with a goal after just 60 seconds. It was a speculative lob from about 20 yards out which deceived Saints ‘keeper Derek Scrimgour and dipped into the back of the net.
Then by the 23rd minute Miller had completed his hat-trick with two goals in a minute. The first was when he slid in to meet an inch-perfect cross from Arthur Numan following a good pass from Ronald de Boer.
Then after that he got on the end of a great cross from Jorg Albertz to head home at the far post.
Then a minute after the half hour mark the young striker found space just outside the box, dribbled inside and fired past Scrimgour.
Just before half-time Ricky Gillies pulled one back for St Mirren. Graham Fenton beat Tugay Kerimoglu and Scott Wilson on the right before whipping in a cross which Gillies took first time and fired home.
Billy Dodds made it 5-1 in the 56th minute. Lorenzo Amoruso found himself free on the left-hand side, fired in a cross and substitute Dodds slotted home.
Astonishingly, Miller scored his FIFTH goal of the game to make it 6-1 to Rangers. The youngster netted a spectacular long range strike which left Scrimgour with no chance.
And with a minute left subsitute Neil McCann netted to complete the 7-1 demolition.