RANGERS stormed to a comprehensive 5-1 win over Alloa to give them an immaculate start to the season and see the side net eight in their opening two games.
It was a frantic start to the game at Recreation Park, with three goals in the opening nine minutes. Two belonged to Rangers with James Tavernier and Martyn Waghorn, from the spot, adding to their tallies.
Mark Warburton’s side were four-nil to the good at the break after Jason Holt and Kenny Miller added to the rout.
And Miller popped up again in the second-half with the Light Blues in full control of the game and Spurs loanee Nathan Oduwa spoiling the crowd with a range of trickery.
It had taken Rangers just five minutes to make their mark on the game when Nicky Law, on the edge of the area, shifted the play to Tavernier. The right-back was storming down the channel and cooly took it on his right to fire it high into Andrew McNeil’s goal.
But Alloa responded almost immediately when Michael Chopra, on the turn, unleashed a rocket to equalise. Rangers didn’t see it coming and the former Newcastle United and Sunderland striker volleyed the ball beyond the helpless Wes Foderingham.
There was to be yet more drama inside the opening 10 minutes when Graeme Holmes fouled Jason Holt on the right of the area and bundled him to the ground. The referee pointed to the spot and Waghorn stepped up to thunder his penalty into the bottom left-hand corner and send the Light Blues ahead again. It marked a remarkable three goals in four minutes.
Alloa could have pegged another back three minutes later when Michael Duffy curled a quality free-kick at Foderingham and the keeper had to have quick feet to bend the strike around his right post and clear the danger.
In the 18th minute Miller got the better of McNeil in goal when he raced out to meet the 35-year-old and the striker had the foresight to turn and play in Waghorn about 10 yards out. The former Wigan man let fly with a thunderous shot but he could only watch as it cannoned off the bar.
10 minutes later McKay skipped into the box with pace and drove at the Alloa defence to undo them. He chose to slot in Miller on the left of the box and his attempt to place a piercing strike into the top corner soared agonisingly over the bar.
Rangers had chipped and chipped away at Alloa for a third and they got their reward six minutes before the break. Wallace fired a stinging shot at McNeil from 15 yards and he managed to parry it away. Holt was the closest to the ball when it fell loose and he poked it over the keeper, and the line, to open his Gers account.
Four minutes later Gers had their fourth through Miller. Tavernier was breaking into the area and he dinked a ball to him on the left of the six yard box. The veteran striker made no mistake as he side footed it beyond the keeper to become Rangers fourth scorer of the afternoon before the whistle for half-time had even gone.
Rangers wanted more and Tavernier was trying to create the spectacular again, 12 minutes into the second-half. The defender let rip from 30 yards to rocket a shot goalwards and Alloa had to throw bodies in the way just to stop its flight.
With his team 4-1 ahead Mark Warburton chose to make a triple substitution on 61 minutes, giving Spurs attacker Oduwa his Rangers bow.
And the Londoner was straight into action as he tried to outwit the Wasps defence with a series of tricky step overs – keeping to his promise that he’d excited the Gers fans. He had a chance to score too on 80 minutes after finding himself with room to play with in the area. He took time to place his shot but fired it over the crossbar.
And moments later Tavernier played another pinpoint ball into the box, Miller was the intended recipient but it fell kindly for Nicky Clark. But for McNeil’s brave goalkeeping the forward would have tapped home Rangers fifth.
And Oduwa and the right-back would combine four minutes from time to make Rangers fifth for Miller. The Tottenham boy got down the left with a mesmerising run to the by-line and his cut back found Tavernier. His fizzing shot bolted toward goal and Miller was there with the vital final touch to send it beyond the keeper.
Rangers had two chalked off for offside just minutes later. Oduwa had deserved a goal and when he jinked into the box his clever strike fell just short and Tavernier was there to tap it home but he was adjudged to have been offside. And it was the same for Clark close to time when he had the net billowing.
RANGERS: Foderingham, Tavernier, Kiernan, Wilson, Wallace, Holt, Halliday, Law (Shiels 61’), Miller, Waghorn (Clark 61’), McKay (Oduwa 61’)
Subs not used: Kelly, Ball, Hardie, Walsh
Goals: Tavernier 5’, Waghorn 9’, Holt 39’, Miller 43’ 86’
Yellows: Wilson 12’
ALLOA ATHLETIC: McNeil, McAusland, Hill, Marr, Hamilton, McManus, O’Brien, Holmes (Lynas 68’), Duffy (Hetherington 45’), Chopra, Mitchell (Layne 56’)
Subs not used: Crawford, Reintam, Williams, Ferns
Goals: Chopra 7’