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Gavin Gunning goes into the referee's book.
Steven Naismith grabs a brilliant goal from the edge of the area to the top left corner of the goal. Motherwell 0-5 Rangers.Assist by El-Hadji Diouf.
Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, save by Allan McGregor.
Steven Naismith has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Darren Randolph makes a save. The referee blows for offside against Robert McHugh. (Rangers) makes a substitution, with Salim Kerkar coming on for Gregg Wylde. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line played to the near post, Steven Davis manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Shaun Hutchinson on El-Hadji Diouf, free kick awarded. David Weir takes the direct free kick.
Gavin Gunning takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide left of the target.
Effort from inside the area by Steven Naismith misses to the right of the goal.
Keith Lasley goes off and Tom Hateley comes on.
Steven Naismith fires in a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 0-4 Rangers.Assist on the goal came from Gregg Wylde.
The referee blows for offside against Steven Naismith. El-Hadji Diouf on for Kyle Lafferty. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gavin Gunning.
(Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Robert McHugh coming on for Francis Jeffers.
Kyle Lafferty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Gunning. Stephen Craigan restarts play with the free kick.
Francis Jeffers is booked.
Nikica Jelavic scores a headed goal from close in. Motherwell 0-3 Rangers.Sasa Papac provided the assist for the goal.
Unfair challenge on Maurice Ross by David Weir results in a free kick. Maurice Ross restarts play with the free kick. Corner from the right by-line taken by Gavin Gunning, Shaun Hutchinson takes a shot. Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
Steven Davis produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Steve Jones challenges Sasa Papac unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Jones is shown a yellow card. Free kick crossed by Steven Davis. The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Nikica Jelavic from 18 yards.
Steven Davis takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
Steve Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty. Gregg Wylde crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
Francis Jeffers is ruled offside. Shaun Hutchinson comes on in place of Stevie Hammell. David Weir takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against John Sutton. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
The referee penalises Nikica Jelavic for handball. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Steven Naismith takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph. Steven Davis scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 0-2 Rangers.The assist for the goal came from Steven Naismith.
Corner taken left-footed by Steven Davis.
Francis Jeffers challenges Madjid Bougherra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
John Sutton challenges David Weir unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Kyle Lafferty offside. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
Steven Davis concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Lasley. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
Madjid Bougherra concedes a free kick for a foul on John Sutton. Stevie Hammell produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Maurice Ross by Gregg Wylde results in a free kick. Darren Randolph restarts play with the free kick.
Stevie Hammell concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Naismith. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Steve Jones. Fantastic save by Allan McGregor. Corner taken by Stevie Hammell from the right by-line, Maurice Edu manages to make a clearance.
Kyle Lafferty fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 0-1 Rangers.Assist by Steven Davis.
John Sutton is caught offside. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Gunning by Kyle Lafferty. Kyle Lafferty is given a yellow card. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Madjid Bougherra. Jamie Murphy has an effort direct from the free kick.
Stephen Craigan fouled by Kyle Lafferty, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
Steven Naismith fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Weir.
Kyle Lafferty produces a drilled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Save by Darren Randolph.
Maurice Edu takes a shot. Blocked by Stevie Hammell.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, clearance made by Stephen Craigan.
The official flags Francis Jeffers offside. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Saunders set to miss out for Well
Motherwell full-back Steven Saunders is likely to miss the Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Rangers with a niggling injury.
But Motherwell otherwise have a full squad for the visit of the league leaders.
Steve Jennings and Chris Humphrey could return after missing the draw against Hearts with knocks.
Manager Stuart McCall expects striker John Sutton to wait until after the Scottish Cup final against Celtic before deciding his future.
Motherwell have offered Sutton the best contract they can give him and McCall is continuing his attempts to persuade the 27-year-old to extend his stay at Fir Park.
But the forward is attracting interest from elsewhere, with Celtic reportedly joining Hearts in considering a summer move for the free agent.
McCall said: "I've got a good relationship with big John Sutton and his agent but I would imagine nothing will be done there either way before the cup final.
"Naturally they will want to take all the offers and options that they're going to have.
"But I sat down with John and had a good chat. I know he is enjoying his football here and I only give him my experience.
"At every club I've been at, I always had opportunities to move on but thankfully I made the right decisions and in the main stayed where I was. There is a lot to be said for job satisfaction.
"Obviously if the financial aspects heavily outweigh it, then you've got to look after your family."
Sutton took his season's tally to 17, despite having played much of the first half of the season out wide, when he scored twice as Motherwell came from three goals down to draw at Tynecastle last week.
McCall, whose side host Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers on Saturday, said: "John has been in terrific form and his stock is rising even higher.
"If he bangs a hat-trick it won't just be the clubs around here who are looking at him, it will be Barcelona and Real Madrid.
"Did I really say that?"
Rangers have no fresh injury worries.
But Lee McCulloch, who is on the comeback trail after knee surgery, is unlikely to make the trip to Fir Park.
Jamie Ness is also still rated doubtful after being forced out of the game against St Mirren with cramp.
Meanwhile, midfielder Steven Davis expressed his relief that fans - for the time being - have not been shut out of European games at Ibrox.
He said: "I think it's so important to have our fans behind us, it's like having a 12th man.
"People don't really realise the importance of it until it's not there so it's obviously a big boost that it has been suspended.
"Hopefully until then the fans can support us like they did in the last Old Firm game."
Five-star Gers move clear
Rangers threw down the gauntlet to rivals Celtic in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title race by cruising to a 5-0 win at Motherwell.
Kyle Lafferty, Steven Davis and Nikica Jelavic grabbed a goal apiece and Steven Naismith claimed a brace as the Scottish champions stretched their lead at the summit to four points.
The onus is now on Celtic to respond to the pressure and put points on the board against Dundee United on Sunday and make the most of their game in hand at Inverness in midweek.
Rangers named an unchanged side from the Old Firm derby while Motherwell made three changes from the side who staged their remarkable comeback at Hearts, with Steven Hammell, Maurice Ross and Steve Jennings all starting.
Steven Saunders was out with a knee injury, while Shaun Hutchinson and Tom Hateley were named on the bench.
Rangers started brightly and Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph was called into action to block smartly from Lafferty at his near post.
The home side then had the chance to pile on the pressure when Madjid Bougherra tripped Keith Lasley.
Despite claims for a penalty, the foul had taken place just outside the box and Jamie Murphy's free-kick failed to make it past the Rangers wall.
Rangers were ahead after 17 minutes when Davis provided the pass for Lafferty, who rounded the goalkeeper before sending an angled drive into the back of the net despite the best efforts of Hammell trying to block on the line.
Motherwell could have been back on level terms almost immediately when a Steve Jones effort took a deflection and a full-stretch Allan McGregor only just tipped past his post.
Well were threatening again when Murphy sent Francis Jeffers through on goal but the Rangers goalkeeper came to the rescue again when he raced off his line to block.
Lafferty - already on a booking - then foolishly insisted on firing the ball into the net despite spotting the offside flag but, fortunately for the striker, referee Mike Tumilty opted to take no action.
Hopes of a Motherwell fightback were dealt a blow when Rangers doubled their lead five minutes after the restart. Gregg Wylde delivered a great ball to the feet of Steven Naismith, whose shot was blocked by Randolph but fell kindly for Davis to rifle home the rebound.
Jelavic then saw his shot crash off the crossbar, before having an effort ruled offside after finding the back of the net.
The Croatian striker was finally on the scoresheet after 64 minutes when he met a cross from Sasa Papac at the back post and nodded home from close range.
Rangers were still hungry for goals and claimed their fourth of the day with 75 minutes gone.
Naismith exchanged passes with Jelavic before leaving Randolph with no chance with a ferocious shot from distance.
With the points secure, Rangers handed a debut to Salim Kerkar as he made his long-awaited first appearance for the club with seven minutes to go.
Naismith then put the gloss on the win with seconds to go as he crashed a fierce swerving shot into the top corner from a tight angle to complete the rout and claim his double.
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