RANGERS could just be a really good team if they manage to finish a league game with eleven men.
That was one of those simple Ibrox victories for 41 minutes against a far-out-hand losing team that happened all the time. Steven Gerrard watched his team play good football and score two goals early on.
Then Ross McCrorie was sent off for striker Nicolai Brock-Madsen of St. Mirren and a light afternoon became a bit more difficult, although Alan Stubbs' team never suggested they could take anything away.
Referee Don Robertson was the villain of the Rangers' followers because he had shown a red card, but Gerrard himself thought that was the right decision.
McCrorie blocked Brock-Madsen when he came through the gate – Stephen McGinn's pass gave him the chance – but he hit the ball and had a foul in the penalty area, so the Rangers midfielder would only have had chances due to the new rules ,
Robertson has from now on after the Ibrox believers made any decision wrong. Of course he did not, but there were a few tackles on Rangers players that could easily have resulted in a booking.
For all this it was still a win that was filled with some nice performances and one of which especially the home team noticed
The Rangers' transfer business in recent years has been a lesson in how not to afford a good price / quality ratio, as the players who are not good enough paid high wages to contribute so little.
However, the £ 1.5 million spent on Borna Barisic shows that Ibrox has been learned. The Croatian left-back had a fantastic debut. He bombarded the left, was strong in the attack, overcame the ball well with both feet and he will only get better.
It took just over an hour, more than he had to impress.
St. Mirren looked like a team that just went up a level. Stubbs has a number of willing players, some better than others, and while a defeat at Ibrox can hardly be considered a disaster, the bravery he wanted from his players in terms of the ball was not even shown by anyone Man advantage.
The Rangers were up front from the start. Only four minutes had passed when Connor Goldson's clever pass found Morelos, who controlled the ball with little time and plenty of space, only just passing it over the line.
St. Mirren had only a small margin when they gave Rangers the first goal.
Jack Baird had shot the ball back when he was the last man, he could not get word to straighten up his lines, Jamie Murphy stole his possession, Morelos took over and found the opposite corner with a confidence that was so much missed toward the end last season.
It was 2: 0 in 24 minutes. Barisic was on free kicks and his delivery to the pits was perfect, Goldsons promotion and header alike and even full-length St. Mirren keeper Samson had no chance of a rescue.
Four minutes before McCrorie's red card, the Rangers almost put the game to bed when Ryan Kent's corner was hit in the air by Goldson, whose head was deflected off the post and somehow stayed out of play.
St. Mirren had only one chance at half-time, three minutes before half-time when Danny Mullen entered Jon Flannigan's penalty area and hit the crossbar with his ring.
The Paisley men attacked more in the second 45 if they had not been asked questions, but lacked the quality needed to pass a well-organized Rangers rearguard.
In fact, the red card has changed the game. The Rangers became closer and were lucky enough that St. Mirren scored no goal they never really saw as if they were able to score.
In fact, it was the ten men who could have achieved more.
A 70th-minute penalty gave Morelos a second before Samson's legs and Oviamuno Ejaria needed to score in the 76th minute when he stripped Stephen McGinn from the penalty area, but then fired directly at the St. Mirren goalkeeper.
The game ended with a dismissal as the captain of St. Mirren McGinn brushed aside the frustration of Lassana Coulibaly, who pushed past four players. That summed it up. Rangers were just too good.