Rangers stretched their lead at the top of the Scottish Championship to nine points with a comprehensive victory over Morton.

Martyn Waghorn hit a first half double; the first from the penalty spot and the second after a neat turn and shot inside the box.

James Tavernier added a third when he finished a fine counter-attacking move.

Waghorn shot high into the net to complete his hat-trick, as Dean Shiels shot against a post late on.

Both sides had contrasting fortunes in the midweek league Cup games, with Rangers’ 100% winning start to the season ended by St Johnstone.

Morton were buoyed by an extra-time win over Premiership side Motherwell, however they were behind early when Nathan Oduwa fell to the turf inside the box after jinking in from the right, and Waghorn rolled the resultant penalty into the corner.

Alex Samuel, the two-goal hero from the League Cup triumph, fired low at goal after an enterprising run, but Morton were soon trailing by two.

Barrie McKay picked the on-form Waghorn out in the box, and he was allowed the time to turn the ball onto his left foot before firing into the net.

The goals only increased the pace of the game; Morton determined to hit back while Rangers were taking advantage of the space being offered to them.

McKay could have made it three when Oduwa sent a ball across goal, but it bounced awkwardly and beyond him.

Ross Forbes curled a free-kick the wrong side of the post, but it was a second Forbes effort that ultimately led to Rangers’ third.

The short free-kick was cleared by Tavernier who then raced the length of the pitch while his teammates moved the ball swiftly from back to front, before striding into the box to finish a polished move low past Gaston.

Nathan Oduwa won a penalty for Rangers after Ross Forbes' challenge

Nathan Oduwa won a penalty for Rangers after Ross Forbes’ challenge

Morton would not give up the ghost, but squandered two good chances within a minute of each other.

Bobby Barr cut inside from the left but could not put enough purchase on his shot, before Samuel looked to have the beating of Rob Kiernan but sliced his shot wide.

Waghorn should have had his hat-trick before the half-time break when Conor Pepper’s clearance cannoned off Oduwa and into his path, but he shot straight at Gaston.

The end-to-end action continued and Wes Foderingham’s double save denied Michael Tidser then Denny Johnstone.

Johnstone threatened again with a ball across the face of the goal that evaded the stretched leg of Samuel, while Barr should have done better when given a sight of goal shortly after.

Kenny Miller forced a save from Gaston and Andy Halliday fired over as both teams improved defensively, but at the cost of the open attacking game witnessed in the first half.

Waghorn though would not be denied his hat-trick. Tavernier’s cross met the head of a Morton defender, but it fell kindly in front of goal for the 25-year-old who fired into the roof of the net.

Dean Shiels struck a post from distance before Lee Wallace fired wide as Rangers pressed for a fifth late on.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Greenock Morton

  • 01 Gaston
  • 02 Kilday
  • 04 O’Ware Booked
  • 03 Lamie
  • 15 Pepper
  • 16 Barr (Sabajo – 75′ )
  • 06 Miller
  • 08 Forbes Booked (McCluskey – 67′ )
  • 14 Tidser
  • 09 Johnstone
  • 18 Samuel (MacDonald – 67′ )

Substitutes

  • 07 McKee
  • 10 MacDonald
  • 11 McCluskey
  • 12 Scullion
  • 17 Russell
  • 20 Adam
  • 22 Sabajo

Rangers

  • 25 Foderingham
  • 02 Tavernier
  • 04 Kiernan
  • 27 Wilson
  • 05 Wallace
  • 08 Zelalem (Shiels – 62′ )
  • 16 Halliday
  • 23 Holt (Miller – 62′ )
  • 19 McKay (Law – 76′ )
  • 33 Waghorn
  • 10 Oduwa

Substitutes

  • 06 Ball
  • 07 Law
  • 09 Miller
  • 14 Clark
  • 20 Aird
  • 22 Shiels
  • 32 Kelly
Ref: William Collum
Att: 7,392


Match Stats

Possession

33




67

Shots

10




21

On target

4




11

Corners

4




11

Fouls

8




13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Morton 0, Rangers 4.

90:00 +1:18 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Morton 0, Rangers 4.

90:00 +0:56

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

90:00 +0:18

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Thomas O’Ware.

90:00 +0:09

Attempt blocked. Dean Shiels (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

88:03

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Rangers).

88:03

Ricki Lamie (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:30

Attempt missed. Lee Wallace (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

86:59

Dean Shiels (Rangers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

85:58

Attempt missed. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

85:42

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Michael Miller.

85:34

Attempt blocked. Nathan Oduwa (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:46

Attempt saved. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

84:16 Booking

Booking Thomas O’Ware (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:04

Foul by Thomas O’Ware (Morton).

84:04

Nathan Oduwa (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:21

Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

82:21

Michael Miller (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:53

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Lee Kilday.

80:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Morton 0, Rangers 4. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

78:00

Attempt missed. Andy Halliday (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

76:51

Attempt blocked. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

75:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Nicky Law replaces Barrie McKay.

75:40

Foul by Michael Miller (Morton).

75:40

Dean Shiels (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morton. Romario Sabajo replaces Bobby Barr.

74:33

Conor Pepper (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:33

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

73:35

Corner, Morton. Conceded by James Tavernier.

72:36

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Rob Kiernan.

72:28

Attempt blocked. Denny Johnstone (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:51

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Danny Wilson.

70:00

Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

70:00

Peter MacDonald (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morton. Peter MacDonald replaces Alex Samuel.

66:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morton. Stefan McCluskey replaces Ross Forbes.

65:04

Attempt saved. Kenny Miller (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

61:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Kenny Miller replaces Jason Holt.

61:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rangers. Dean Shiels replaces Gedion Zelalem.

60:26

Attempt saved. Andy Halliday (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

59:25 Booking

Booking Ross Forbes (Morton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:21

Gedion Zelalem (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:21

Foul by Ross Forbes (Morton).

58:19

Attempt saved. Bobby Barr (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:39

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Thomas O’Ware.

56:18

Foul by Andy Halliday (Rangers).

56:18

Michael Tidser (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:36

Gedion Zelalem (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:36

Foul by Ricki Lamie (Morton).

54:04

Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

54:04

Michael Tidser (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:23

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ricki Lamie.

51:34

Attempt missed. Denny Johnstone (Morton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

51:15

Foul by Andy Halliday (Rangers).

51:15

Michael Miller (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:24

Rob Kiernan (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:24

Foul by Ross Forbes (Morton).

48:27

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Michael Miller.

46:24

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Michael Miller.

45:00

Second Half begins Morton 0, Rangers 3.

45:00 +0:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Morton 0, Rangers 3.

43:32

Attempt blocked. Andy Halliday (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

42:09

Attempt saved. Denny Johnstone (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

41:58

Attempt saved. Michael Tidser (Morton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:53

Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:45

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Derek Gaston.

40:24

Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

36:51

Attempt missed. Alex Samuel (Morton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

36:00

Attempt saved. Bobby Barr (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

34:51

Attempt blocked. Ross Forbes (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

33:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Morton 0, Rangers 3. James Tavernier (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gedion Zelalem.

32:13

Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

32:13

Alex Samuel (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:56

Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

31:22

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Thomas O’Ware.

30:54

Gedion Zelalem (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:54

Foul by Ross Forbes (Morton).

28:39

Attempt missed. Ross Forbes (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

27:52

Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

27:52

Alex Samuel (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:20

Attempt missed. Barrie McKay (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

24:00

Bobby Barr (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:58

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

21:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Morton 0, Rangers 2. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Barrie McKay.

18:01

Attempt blocked. Alex Samuel (Morton) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is blocked.

16:48

Foul by Barrie McKay (Rangers).

16:48

Michael Tidser (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:06

Rob Kiernan (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:06

Foul by Alex Samuel (Morton).

13:15

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Rangers).

13:15

Michael Miller (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Morton 0, Rangers 1. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

11:46

Penalty Rangers. Nathan Oduwa draws a foul in the penalty area.

11:46

Penalty conceded by Ross Forbes (Morton) after a foul in the penalty area.

10:55

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Conor Pepper.

7:46

Attempt saved. Gedion Zelalem (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

2:25

Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

2:25

Bobby Barr (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:05

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Thomas O’Ware.

1:53

Attempt blocked. Jason Holt (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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