Rangers showed no signs of derby day defeat hangover as they get the new year off to a flying start with a victory over Kilmarnock here this afternoon.
The home side dominated the opening 20 minutes with Dessers hitting the outside of the post with a strike from close range. A few moments later, Abdallah Sima crossed the ball but it took a deflection off of the Kilmarnock defender forcing Will Dennis to spring into action.
Kilmarnock winger Daniel Armstrong has been the key creator for his side as of late as he showed this afternoon putting countless crosses into dangerous areas, but just no takers from the Ayrshire side.
Approaching the half time whistle Cyriel Dessers sends a perfect pass into the path of Ross McCausland who only had David Watson to fend off before he sent the ball beyond the Kilmarnock keeper to give his side the lead at a good time.
A few moments later and Rangers had their second, this time through Abdallah Sima. The forward held the ball up with his chest and volleyed it like a bullet into the back of the net settling the impatient fans in the stadium.
The second 45 opened with a life line for the visitors. Today’s referee John Beaton was called to the VAR monitor to check for a hand ball by Rangers defender John Souttar, a quick look and it was indeed a penalty for Kilmarnock. Armstrong stepped up and sent Jack Butland the wrong way, pulling one back for his side.
Despite the boost, Rangers wasted no time in extending their lead, this time through Todd Cantwell who slipped it beyond Will Dennis to get the third and final goal of the day.