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Rangers captain James Tavernier produced a ‘world-class’ finish as Steven Gerrard’s Scottish Premiership champions twisted the knife into Motherwell on Halloween, ‘Well boss Graham Alexander told the Daily Record. 

If the sight of Scott Brown putting Aberdeen 2-0 up at Ibrox in midweek sent shivers down Gerrard’s spine, a statement win on the road at Fir Park – coupled with Celtic’s Livi stalemate – means the Omens suddenly look good for the Gers. 

There were real fears of another ‘Nightmare before Christmas’ for a Rangers side who have struggled to get out of second gear this season when Bevis Mugabi bundled Motherwell into a 13-minute lead yesterday.

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But then Tavernier took centre stage, turning a comedy of errors into a Halloween slash fest.

The rampaging right-back lashed home an equaliser with a brutal volley – one Alexander described as ‘world-class’ – before making Child’s Play of some slack Motherwell marking to set up Sakala with some Hocus Pocus from out wide.

Two more from hat-trick hero Sakala, plus one each from Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe, meant Rangers exorcised the ghosts of that Aberdeen performance with arguably their best display of the season on Sunday. 

Was this a statement win for Gerrard’s Rangers?

“The first goal (Tavernier’s) is a world class finish from an angle where we almost hold our hands up and say sometimes it’s just pure quality – and it was,” said Alexander, whose ‘Well side have now lost four of their last five games.  

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“I do think it was an overhit cross from that side, to be honest, but you can’t take anything away from the finish. 

“I think the second one is the one we need to deal with better. 

“Coming at that time, I don’t think we even got a kick before half-time after that goal, so we just had to focus our minds on how well we played for the 42 minutes before that and try and repeat it. 

“But we didn’t manage to do that.” 

Moving four points clear of Celtic in top spot, more displays like this and our Sixth Sense tells us that no.56 will be on its way to Ibrox come May. 

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