Rangers close in on Scottish Premiership glory with commanding St. Mirren win

Max Cooper
Rangers stars celebrate on the brink of title glory
Rangers stars celebrate on the brink of title glory / Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Rangers are on the brink of securing their first Scottish Premiership title since 2011, after they eased to a comfortable 3-0 victory over St. Mirren.

The league leaders arrived at Ibrox before kick off and were greeted by thousands of passionate supporters, who, despite being unable to attend the game, gave their heroes an unforgettable welcome home.

The players lived up to their fans' expectations, launching a blistering double-salvo on their visitors in the 14th and 16th minute to all-but put the game to bed in an instant. Ryan Kent got the party started, wriggling to find space on the edge of the box before striking a stunning effort into the bottom corner of the net.

Alfredo Morelos was next to spark more wild celebrations, fresh from his topless dance to Sweet Caroline, if Steven Gerrard's recent post-match press conference is to be believed.

The Colombian forward peeled off Richard Tait on the right-hand side of the penalty area, and struck an accurate shot back across goal out of Jak Alnwick's reach, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead which they carried into the break.

Gerrard's players remained focused after half time, scoring less than a minute into the second period. Ianis Hagi was on the receiving end of a drilled Kent cross, and with all the time in the world, the forward steadied himself and made no mistake from the edge of the six-yard box.

The three points put Rangers 21 clear of Celtic in second place, and the Hoops will surrender their ambitions of winning 10 titles in a row if they fail to beat Dundee United on Sunday. Victory will only delay the inevitable, as it appears no one can stop the league leaders on their charge to glory.

Rangers are unbeaten in the league this season, winning 28 of their 32 matches, scoring 77 and conceding only nine in that time. Celtic will take some comfort in the fact that even if they had been at their best this year, it's unlikely they'd have kept pace with their oldest foe.

For the Gers and Gerrard, it's only a matter of time until they end their decade-long drought without a title, returning to the top of Scottish football after an agonising period in their bitter rivals' shadow.

The champagne is on ice, but celebrations are just around the corner.