Joe Scores Twice as Rangers Wallop Hamilton 8-0

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Joe Scores Twice as Rangers Wallop Hamilton 8-0
Nwolu Obiajulu

Scottish side Rangers on Sunday restored their nine-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a ruthless 8-0 victory over Hamilton at Ibrox.

The pressure was on Steven Gerrard’s league leaders to respond after Celtic’s 4-1 victory at Motherwell cut the gap to six points, and respond they did, in devastating fashion.

Scott Arfield opened the floodgates and Rangers were three up inside 19 minutes, as goals from Kemar Roofe and Joe Aribo completed a three-minute three-goal flurry to put the game beyond the Accies.

Aribo and Roofe doubled their tallies either side of the interval before substitute Brandon Barker and a double from captain James Tavernier sealed the biggest and most emphatic victory of Gerrard’s tenure.

The chastening defeat leaves Hamilton rooted to the bottom of the table without a win since September, the only positive for Brian Rice’s side being that they narrowly avoided equalling the biggest losing margin in Scottish top-flight history by a goal.

Arfield set Rangers on their way just after the quarter-hour mark, clinically prodding the ball home from Ryan Kent’s cross from the left.

With the floodgates open the second soon followed, Roofe rising high to head James Tavernier’s cross into the bottom corner from six yards.

Two become three on 19 minutes, Aribo’s low drive taking two deflections on its way past the hapless Ryan Fulton in the Hamilton goal.
Fulton produced a fine save to keep Kent’s near-post drive out, but Rangers would have another before the break, Aribo doubling his tally with another deflected strike after Roofe brilliantly recycled play.

Gerrard handed Bongani Zungu his debut and introduced Calvin Bassey at the break, and Rangers’ insatiable goal pursuit yielded a fifth within nine minutes of the restart as Roofe rifled in a rebound after Kent’s teasing cross was turned onto the post.

Bassey and Jermain Defoe combined for Rangers’ sixth, with the sweeping move ending with Barker slotting home moments after he came off the bench.

Fulton produced a fine save to keep Kent’s near-post drive out, but Rangers would have another before the break, Aribo doubling his tally with another deflected strike after Roofe brilliantly recycled play.

 

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