RANGERS eased passed Dundee at Ibrox Stadium tonight to win their third game on the bounce.
Glen Kamara, James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos all scored in the first half before substitute Jermain Defoe added some late gloss in the final minute.
Against both Kilmarnock and Hamilton in the two preceding 5-0 victories to tonight, Gers came flying out of the blocks – and tonight was no different with the scoring being opened inside four minutes.
After Alfredo Morelos was downed to the right of the penalty area, James Tavernier’s free-kick was beautifully finished by Glen Kamara at the front post to hand Gerrard and co. just the start they were looking for.
Indeed, it was Kamara’s first goal for Gers, and it just happened to be against the side from whom he joined back in January.
Ibrox was thoroughly enjoying what it was seeing, and after Ryan Kent was denied by a decent Seny Dieng save, goal number two arrived with just eight minutes showing on the scoreboards.
With a superb ball to split the defence, Scott Arfield played Morelos through to the right of goal, and while Dieng made a decent stop to deny the Colombian, following up for the rebound was James Tavernier for goal number 14 of the season for the flying full-back.
The football on show from Gers was fabulous, and so impressive was their willingness and ability to press Dundee high up the park, looking to force them into a mistake, and often that was the case.
Goal number three then arrived on 23 minutes – and it was number 28 of the season for Alfredo Morelos at the end of yet another super move.
Beginning with Ryan Kent on the edge of the area, his pass to break the defence was dummied by Tavernier into the path of Arfield with the Canadian internationalist standing just shy of the dead ball line.
Morelos could have had 29 on 35 minutes, shooting wide of target when running in on goal from the right following another Arfield assist, before Daniel Candeias shot just wide from the edge of the box after winning the ball back.
The start of the second half saw the same one-way traffic, with Tavernier dragging a shot just wide while Morelos was denied at the front post from a Candeias cross by a Ryan McGowan block.
Dieng again saved from Morelos following a super piece of play from Kent to send him through, before Kent himself had a go from a tight angle but shot just wide of the far post.
Dundee should have pulled one back on 69 minutes, with substitute Kenny Miller denied by an excellent Allan McGregor save from close-range before the rebound was hit wide of target by Ethan Robson with an empty goal to aim at.
Straight afterwards, Borna Barisic couldn’t have come any closer to his first Rangers goal with a 25-yard free kick which bounced down off the underside of the bar with goalkeeper Dieng rooted to his line.
Jack and Barisic both had efforts from the left-hand side over the bar before the fourth goal arrived in the 89th minute through sub Jermain Defoe.
A super through ball was met by Defoe, and he showed brilliant strength to hold off Ryan McGowan before blasting beyond Dieng to make it four and end the night on a high.
RANGERS: McGregor; Tavernier, Worrall, Goldson, Barisic; Kamara, Jack, Arfield (Davis, 45); Candeias (Defoe, 66), Morelos, Kent (McCrorie, 73).
SUBS: Foderingham, Lafferty, Katic, Coulibaly.
DUNDEE: Dieng, Ralp, Woods, O’Dea, Wright, R McGowan, Robson, Dales (O’Sullivan, 86), P McGowan, Curran (Miller, 68), Horsfield.
SUBS: Parish, Kerr, Kusunga, Hadenius, Moore.
REFEREE: Don Robertson
ATTENDANCE: 48, 852