STEVEN GERRARD was delighted to see new signing Cedric Itten rifle in two goals as Rangers overwhelmed hapless Motherwell 5-1 at Fir Park yesterday.

The recent signing came on as a substitute to claim a double to go alongside James Tavrnier’s two-penalty-kicks and another from Jordan Jones as the Ibrox side ran amok in the opening 45 minutes.

Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “I’m pleased for Cedric he’s come close on a couple of occasions. Attacking players love scoring goals, so, hopefully, that will do his confidence the world of good.

“Goals are coming from different areas. The pleasing thing as a manager is that everyone’s chipping in and getting goals.

“I’m very pleased with the performance, I thought our standards throughout the game were top. We got comfortable in the game pretty early when we scored the third goal and I was happy that the level never dropped.”

NUMBER ONE…James Tavernier slots his penalty-kick behind Trevor Carson.

NUMBER TWO…Jordan Jones sends a sweeping drive into the Well net.

NUMBER THREE…Tavernier stages a spot-kick action replay.

NUMBER FOUR…Cedric Itten flashes in a right-foot drive.

NUMBER FIVE…Itten scrambles in the final strike with Trevor Carson transfixed.

The Gers gaffer also admitted he took a bit of a gamble in playing Calvin Bassey at left-back at the start of what could have been a tricky fixture.

He added: “Calvin is training ever so well and probably deserves an opportunity, but whether I would have done it at Motherwell away is another question.

“However, Borna Barisic has some tightness up high around the hip area, so he was a bit of a risk and I was forced into that one.”

A dejected Well chief Steve Robinson commented: “To put it simply, we probably got what we deserved. Rangers were the better side. We looked completely jaded – both mentally and physically.

“The penalty early on kills us. I think that’s eight penalties we have conceded now, so it’s a statistic which doesn’t read very well.

“The penalties are a concern. I think that’s three or four handball penalties now. The rule itself is very difficult for the referees, so I’m not going to criticise them.

“It makes life difficult, but let me reiterate, we didn’t lose the game because of the penalties. We lost the game because we weren’t at the races.”

Tavernier’s strikes from the spot arrived in 12 and 37 minutes while Jones claimed his first goal for the club in between the right-backs efforts from 12 yards.

Itten then took the spotlight with his double salvo in the second-half and Well’s crumb of comfort came from an own from George Edmundsun in the fading moments when he diverted a corner-kick beyond a startled Allan McGregor.

Robinson’s side now take on Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Friday night while Rangers take on Galatasaray at Ibrox in the Europa League qualifying play-off on Thursday evening before hosting Ross County in the league on Sunday afternoon.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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