'The equivalent of a point': Pundits praise Rangers' ruthless streak in 8-0 win against Hamilton

Former Rangers forward Neil McCann praised Rangers’ eight-goal salvo against Hamilton, and highlighted the importance of accumulating so many goals over the league campaign.

Neil McCann was on the Rangers TV panel with Alex Rae and Emma Dodds
Neil McCann was on the Rangers TV panel with Alex Rae and Emma Dodds

The former Hearts and Dundee winger was part of Alex McLeish’s title winning side which earned the 2003 SPL title by a single goal and recalled the experience when conveying the importance of Rangers’ rout.

Sitting alongside former Ibrox midfielder Alex Rae, McCann said: “I’ve played out there (at Ibrox) in a game where we’ve won a league by one goal. I’m not underestimating the importance of scoring goals and it shows you how important goals can be - and you never know that could be the difference.

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"It could be the equivalent of a point and could be the difference.”

Joe Aribo celebrates with Jermain Defoe after scoring to make it 3-0 against Hamilton at Ibrox

The former Rangers duo were also pleased to hear from captain James Tavernier and the half-time team-talk that ensured Rangers continued finding the net against the SPFL Premiership bottom side when he spoke to Rangers TV.

McCann added: “What was said at half-time showed Rangers did respect Hamilton. They were not show-boating, back-heeling or trying to take the mickey - so that shows good respect for the opponent but equally being absolutely ruthless in getting eight goals.

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And in Tavernier he added: “He shows maturity, leadership and calmness - not getting too carried away but praising enough. It was a really good job.”

Alex Rae added: “That’s Tavernier got 12 goals in 20 games – remarkable stat, but then add his assists – then Aribo, Arfield, Goldson’s got goals, Roofe, Barker’s cameo – factor all that in and Steven Gerrard will think he’s in a good place.”

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