Rangers have been scoring goals for fun recently and it was no different for Steven Gerrard’s side on Sunday as they brushed past Hamilton Academical.
The Light Blues put five past Aberdeen in their previous Scottish Premiership fixture at Ibrox and managed to replicate that feat against the Accies this weekend as well (Sky Sports).
Jermain Defoe led the charge this time around as he bagged himself a hat-trick, whilst both Connor Goldson and Borna Barisic managed to chip in with their own efforts as well.
The win will have been even sweeter for those at Ibrox as it meant they leapfrogged Old Firm rivals Celtic into the top spot of the division (Sky Sports), whilst it showed an ability to bounce back from an incredibly disappointing defeat against BSC Young Boys in the Europa League just a matter of days ago.
Indeed, everybody on the pitch for the Bears put in an exceptional shift as they ensured they would be Scottish Premiership leaders ahead of the upcoming international break. Gerrard was left praising all of his players after the game (via the club’s official website) and had some special words for a few of his players, however, there could be an argument that one man also deserved a mention from his manager.
Greg Stewart has been making a case for himself with his recent performances and it appears he is continuing to knock on the boss’ door for a regular starting berth in his first-team as he put in a solid display against Hamilton.
The winger was on the scoresheet last weekend, and although he did not do the same this weekend, the 29-year-old put in another brilliant contribution that would have been difficult not to notice.
He was given a match rating of seven by the 4th Official as they wrote: “Came close to scoring on a few occasions but didn’t take his chances. Apart from that, he linked up play well and has definitely taken his opportunities well in the last few outings.”
However, Ibrox Noise, perhaps, were on the money with their assessment of his performance, handing him a nine and writing: “This was an excellent display from the Scot, and he’s played himself into first-team regular contention with it. He can be delighted with how he played.”
Kris Commons recently commented on Stewart’s ability and found it strange that the former Aberdeen winger was being left out of Gerrard’s side more often than not and it appears the attacker is validating the former Celtic man’s thoughts.
Of course, the manager does not lack options when it comes down to choosing who he can use on the wings, with the likes of Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Jones, Jamie Murphy, Brandan Barker and Ryan Kent all available to him (Transfermarkt).
However, if the £450k-rated attacker continues to perform as well as he is when given the opportunity, it might become incredibly difficult for Gerrard not to pick him and will likely hand him a positive headache when having to select future starting XIs.
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