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Chris Humphrey delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Alan Gow misses to the right of the goal.
Effort from just outside the area by Robert McHugh goes over the target.
Unfair challenge on Alan Gow by Steven Davis results in a free kick. Ross Forbes has an effort direct from the free kick, save made by Allan McGregor.
Ross Forbes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Murphy.
Kenny Miller takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Foul by Jamie Ness on Steven Saunders, free kick awarded. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Saunders by Steven Whittaker. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
John Fleck is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
Nick Blackman goes off and Robert McHugh comes on.
Stephen Craigan challenges Kenny Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sasa Papac restarts play with the free kick.
Jamie Ness is brought on as a substitute for Vladimir Weiss.
Jamie Murphy produces a curled right-footed shot from 35 yards and went wide right of the target.
John Sutton concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee McCulloch. Vladimir Weiss takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Vladimir Weiss. Save by Darren Randolph.
Lee McCulloch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow. Alan Gow has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Allan McGregor.
Effort from the edge of the box by Jamie Murphy goes wide of the left-hand post.
Alan Gow takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Allan McGregor. Short corner taken by Chris Humphrey from the left by-line.
Goal scored by Kenny Miller from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-4 Rangers.The assist for the goal came from Vladimir Weiss.
Alan Gow concedes a free kick for a foul on Madjid Bougherra. Vladimir Weiss takes the direct free kick.
Keith Lasley challenges Steven Davis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Lee McCulloch on Alan Gow, free kick awarded. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.
Vladimir Weiss goes into the referee's book.
Goal scored by Vladimir Weiss from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-3 Rangers.
Unfair challenge on Steven Davis by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Davis.
Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Foul by Keith Lasley on Steven Whittaker, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
John Sutton gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 1-2 Rangers.
Kenny Miller is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Davis challenges Alan Gow unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Reynolds.
John Sutton is brought on as a substitute for Tom Hateley.
John Fleck is brought on as a substitute for Steven Naismith.
Keith Lasley is cautioned. Headed own goal by Steven Saunders. Motherwell 0-2 Rangers.Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Murphy on Madjid Bougherra. Vladimir Weiss delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing. Vladimir Weiss provided the assist for the goal.
Chris Humphrey fouled by Sasa Papac, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
The offside flag is raised against Kenny Miller. Free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.
Steven Davis takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Shot from just outside the box by Nick Blackman goes over the bar.
A goal is scored by Kenny Miller from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 0-1 Rangers.The assist for the goal came from Madjid Bougherra.
Stephen Craigan concedes a free kick for a foul on Vladimir Weiss. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from left wing, Steven Saunders makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davis on Jamie Murphy. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Jamie Murphy has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Alan Gow takes a short corner.
Steven Davis takes a shot. Darren Randolph makes a save. Corner taken by Vladimir Weiss from the right by-line, Lee McCulloch takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Steven Naismith takes a shot. Stevie Hammell manages to make a clearance. Blocked by Stephen Craigan.
Keith Lasley is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.
Mark Reynolds concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny Miller. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.
Kenny Miller takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph. Steven Naismith takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Reynolds. Corner taken by Vladimir Weiss, Stephen Craigan makes a clearance.
Headed effort from inside the box by David Weir misses to the right of the target.
Stevie Hammell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith. Vladimir Weiss restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Alan Gow by Steven Whittaker results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Gow.
Keith Lasley is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.
Richard Foster takes a shot. Blocked by Nick Blackman.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
The half-time whistle blows.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Jennings out of Rangers visit
Steve Jennings is suspended for Motherwell's Boxing Day clash against Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers.
The midfielder is still to serve an automatic one-match ban for his red card against Hearts and will miss another two games after picking up his seventh SPL booking of the season earlier in that game.
Motherwell otherwise have a full squad for the Fir Park clash.
Caretaker manager Gordon Young believes the festive period offers the perfect opportunity for the team to rejuvenate their season following a difficult six weeks.
Motherwell have taken one point from their last three Clydesdale Bank Premier League games, the latest of which ended in defeat by Hearts days after management team Craig Brown and Archie Knox departed for Aberdeen.
Hearts, Inverness and Kilmarnock have all overtaken Motherwell in recent weeks, although the Steelmen have only played once since November 20.
Young will take charge of the team again for the Boxing Day clash against Rangers, the first part of an Old Firm double header.
After Celtic on Wednesday, Motherwell then play Hamilton in a New Year derby before a televised Scottish Cup fourth-round contest against Dundee.
Young said: "The players will be looking forward to the next batch of fixtures. We've got Rangers, Celtic, Hamilton Accies and then away to Dundee in the cup. That's a great platform for us to get back on track.
"I thought we needed the game against Hearts, we hadn't played for three-and-a-half weeks.
"Subsequently we have organised a bounce game against Celtic and then played St Mirren.
"So we have had a proper week's training and preparation for the game.
"Other than being on the grass which everybody would like, I don't think we would have changed too much else."
Motherwell have not beaten Rangers since Boxing Day 2002 when James McFadden netted the only goal past Stefan Klos.
Rangers could welcome back Kyle Lafferty and Maurice Edu.
Lafferty has been out of action with a broken bone in his hand but has been able to train and, if given the go-ahead by his specialist this week, will be available for the visit to Fir Park.
Edu has been recovering from both tonsilitis and a knee injury and, although having not trained as much as Lafferty, could also be in contention.
Nikica Jelavic is unlikely to return until mid-January, while Kirk Broadfoot still faces several weeks on the sidelines with a foot problem.
Ally McCoist has urged Rangers to pile the pressure on Celtic ahead of the Old Firm derby by picking up maximum points in their festive fixtures.
The Scottish champions have played just one domestic game in the last month - the 1-1 draw at Inverness - because of severe weather conditions and are desperate for a return to winning ways.
Despite the lack of action, Rangers remain top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Christmas but now face trips to Motherwell on Boxing Day and then St Johnstone before facing rivals Celtic on January 2.
McCoist said: "It's massively important we get back playing and we get back winning. We haven't played since the Inverness game.
"We want to take advantage of having a game in hand and in an ideal situation we want to win it.
"Some of the games coming up are tough away games, there is no doubt about that. The Tannadice game was cancelled again and we've got to go to Fir Park and McDiarmid Park.
"They are tough places to go, especially in this current climate. Dare I say it, it's maybe a bit of a leveller in some cases.
"They are difficult places to go to at the best of times. St Johnstone have beat us and I don't remember us having a fantastic record at Fir Park in recent years.
"They are good teams, especially on their own pitches. From our point of view, if we go and win our games and get a little bit of a gap, it would be ideal."
Miller time for Kenny
Kenny Miller brought his tally for the season to 22 as Rangers claimed their first Clydesdale Bank Premier League win in almost four years at Motherwell with a 4-1 triumph.
Fir Park had not been a happy hunting ground for the Scottish champions in recent seasons but a double from Miller, an own goal from Steven Saunders and a Vladimir Weiss strike sealed the win, with John Sutton's effort nothing more than a consolation for the Steelmen.
Motherwell had managed to beat the weather to ensure this clash went ahead amid further fixture chaos caused by the weather but failed to beat their visitors as Rangers strengthened their grasp on top spot with their first SPL victory at this venue since January 2, 2007.
Motherwell made one change: Steve Jennings was suspended following his red card against Hearts and replaced by Saunders.
Rangers named an unchanged side from the one who drew with Inverness in their last outing. Both Kyle Lafferty and Maurice Edu failed to make the squad despite hopes of a return from injury for the duo.
Walter Smith's men had the best of the chances in the opening spell and looked dangerous when Steven Naismith embarked on a surging run from his own half before picking out Richard Foster.
Foster attempted to set up Steven Whittaker at the back post but his effort was blocked by the Motherwell defence and the chance was lost.
Whittaker then turned provider for Miller who bore down on goal from a tight angle only for goalkeeper Darren Randolph to race off his line and block well.
The ball broke for Naismith but his close-range header was nodded off the line by Mark Reynolds, hitting the crossbar on the way over as the home side breathed a sigh of relief.
A Lee McCulloch shot was then helped towards goal by Naismith only for some more last-gasp defending from the home side keeping the scoreline level, this time Keith Lasley hooking off the line.
Rangers had looked more likely to open the scoring and their pressure paid off when they surged into the lead with 26 minutes gone.
Madjid Bougherra collected from Naismith on the right wing before supplying the cut-back for Miller and all that was required was a simple finish from the striker who lashed home from 12 yards.
Rangers doubled their lead after 33 minutes when Weiss delivered a dangerous free-kick into the packed box and the unfortunate Saunders nodded past Randolph into the back of his own net.
Both teams were forced to make a change five minutes before the break after Naismith and Tom Hateley both pulled up and were replaced by John Fleck and Sutton respectively.
Motherwell failed to pose a threat in front of goal in the first half but hauled themselves right back into the game when they pulled a goal back a minute after the restart.
Bougherra and David Weir both failed to deal with a long ball from Randolph, allowing Sutton to snatch possession and poke into the bottom corner.
But Rangers restored their two-goal lead just five minutes later when Weiss weaved past several players and into the box before slotting coolly past the goalkeeper from 10 yards.
Weiss was then the architect for Miller's second of the day after 61 minutes. Miller connected awkwardly with the free-kick but did enough to bundle over the line at the near post, with Randolph no doubt feeling he should have done better.
With little hope of a comeback from Motherwell, Rangers were able to withdraw Weiss and hand some game-time to youngster Jamie Ness.
The game had begun to fizzle out in the latter stages but Steven Hammell tried his luck with a cross come shot that Allan McGregor collected comfortably.
The 4-1 win provided the best possible boost for Rangers ahead of next week's Old Firm derby when Celtic travel to Ibrox on January 2.
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