The Scottish Premiership

Rangers 4-0 Ross County: Antonio Colak nets double in Gers rout

Craig Vickers
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Rangers continued the momentum from their midweek Champions League qualification success with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Ross County back in the Scottish Premiership at Ibrox.

The result moves Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men to the summit of the domestic table, albeit Celtic have the chance to restore top spot in their trip to Dundee United on Sunday lunchtime.

Indeed, the Rangers manager named an attacking line up for the visit of the Highlanders, with Scott Wright restored to the starting XI.

The home side were perhaps fortunate to keep all 11 players on the pitch in the early exchanges when James Sands escaped a second booking for hauling down a Ross County attacker. Rangers duly took advantage minutes later.

Neat play out of defence seen the home side break into the final third as Ryan Kent teed up John Lundstram at the edge of the penalty area. The midfielder curled an effort towards goal that took a deflection and wrong-footed County goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw.

Rangers doubled their advantage six minutes before half-time. Scott Wright showed tremendous endeavour in beating his marker one-on-one down the right and, after intelligently pulling the ball back to the penalty spot, Antonio Colak steered an acrobatic effort into the far corner.

The home side were in complete control in a physical content, with James Tavernier cracking the crossbar with a header at the back post from close range on the stroke of half-time.

Colak put the game beyond doubt just shy of the hour-mark to add his seventh goal in his last seven appearances. The Gers cut through their opponents in the final third as Kent and Tom Lawrence combined neatly before the ball fell invitingly for the Croatian to lash his finish beyond Laidlaw.

There was still time for substitute Steven Davis to get in on the act. The veteran broke forward from midfield as Tavernier looked to supply Lawrence, latching onto the Gers captain's pass to steer a left-footed effort into the bottom corner while on the run.