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Unsung hero: Rangers’ Daniel Candeias

Unsung hero: Rangers’ Daniel Candeias

Rangers totally outdid their bitter rivals Celtic in last night’s blitzkrieg affair against a helpless Kilmarnock side in the Scottish Cup.

Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side, fresh from a recent run of average form, were hoping to kick start a positive future with a victory over Kilmarnock on Wednesday night, and what a job they did.

Switching back to their favoured 4-3-3 formation clearly paid dividends as the hosts pressured from the off.

After an early penalty scare courtesy of Joe Worrall, Rangers only took 7 minutes to open the scoring through an Alfredo Morelos tap-in inside the six-yard box.

The hosts continued to take advantage of Kilmarnock’s new defensive partnership between Alex Bruce and Boyd and were helped massively when the visitors’ ‘keeper Bachmann was shown a straight red for an apparent elbow on former Dundee man Glen Kamara.

Without their first-choice keeper and only 10 men on the pitch, it didn’t take long before Rangers took full advantage and scored their second of the game through Morelos again at point-blank range.

The Colombian sealed his hattrick in the 78th-minute heading home a delightful ball from Candeias.

The introduction of Halliday late in the second-half ensured that the Gers’ work rate did not drop and he was duly awarded for his efforts when he fired home from 15-yards out.

Rangers’ top goal scorer wasn’t finished making a mockery of Kilmarnock, however, and within the final 10 minutes of the game compiled Steve Clarke’s utter misery with his fourth of the game.

It’s hard to pick when every player put in such quality performances. However, special mention should be given to Daniel Candeias.

His assist was a culmination of everything he’d done so well in the game, linking up with James Tavernier and Morelos, and was a well-deserved rewards for his relentless efforts.

Glen Kamara also deserves credit for another sterling performance since his arrival in January. A sure presence in the centre of midfield, who’s clearly not overwhelmed by the pressure of the club, distributed the ball well and was positionally excellent.

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