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Rangers left Lanarkshire with a three points after coming out on top in a 4-2 thriller at Motherwell.

Kevin Van Veen gave the hosts an early lead before James Tavernier notched his 98th Rangers goal to send the sides in level at half time.

Fashion Sakala produced a stunning header to give the light blues the lead moments after half time, before Bevis Mugabi prodded home from close range for Stuart Kettlewell’s men.

Whilst Michael Beale would have winced at his side’s defending for the equaliser, they responded with emphatic strikes from Todd Cantwell and Malik Tillman to secure the win.

With Borna Barisic absent due to his wife expecting to give birth, Ridvan Yilmaz came in to make his first start in the Rangers side since October, with Gers fans eager to see their £5 million full back in action after a long injury lay off.

It was on the young Turkish internationalist’s side where Rangers were undone after 2 minutes however, as Motherwell took a shock early lead. The much sought after Max Johnston latched on to the ball over the top before firing a pin point ball across the box for Kevin Van Veen to tap home.

After 2o minutes of probing from the visitors they eventually got on level terms through a trademark James Tavernier free kick.

Callum Slattery picked up a yellow card for his foul on John Lundstram just outside the area, allowing the captain scope to bend his effort into the bottom corner for his 98th goal in a Rangers jersey.

Seconds after the restart and Rangers turned the game on it’s head. James Tavernier added to his goal with an assist, finding the head of Fashion Sakala with a whipped cross, for the Zambian to bullet a header past Liam Kelly.

It was all action at Fir Park in the second period, with substitute Bevis Mugabi levelling for the hosts from close range. Rangers seemed to squander multiple opportunities to clear their lines before the centre back poked the ball home.

In a breathless five minutes, Todd Cantwell then put Rangers back in front with his first goal for the club. After some determined blocking from the home side, the former Norwich man found space and rifled the ball into the top corner just after the hour mark.

Rangers added a fourth minutes later as Malik Tillman smashed home a stunner from inside the area.

The drama wasn’t over there however as Motherwell found themselves down to 10 men with 15 minutes remaining. Callum Slattery was shown a second yellow card for what was judged to be an elbow on Cantwell.

The home side’s man deficit effectively killed the game as a contest as Rangers came away with all three points after a thriller in Lanarkshire.