Kemar Roofe marked his Rangers return with a aim as they warmed up for his or her essential Champions League play-off second leg with a 2-0 victory in opposition to Ross County.
The striker was named within the beginning XI for the primary time in 16 months and repaid supervisor Michael Beale by opening the scoring within the Highlands.
A surprising solo effort from captain James Tavernier had the Ibrox facet two up earlier than half-time, curling to ball into the highest nook from 25 yards.
Rangers dominated proceedings in Dingwall however couldn’t add to the scoreline with Ross Laidlaw denying Cyriel Dessers and Sam Lammers.
The comparatively stress-free victory was a lift for Beale’s facet forward of their essential Champions League play-off sport in opposition to PSV on Wednesday night time.
A straight ahead win within the Highlands
Rangers’ Kemar Roofe celebrates making it 1-0
Rangers journey to Eindhoven with the tie evenly poised at 2-2 and Roofe was not included within the squad for this spherical because of Beale’s concern about him enjoying three video games in per week.
The previous Leeds participant has been troubled with accidents at Ibrox however after two substitute appearances this season, he began for the primary time since April 2022, whereas Tom Lawrence, out for a 12 months with a knee damage, was on the bench.
There was little motion early on however within the tenth minute a header from Gers striker Dessers was saved by the legs of County ‘keeper Ross Laidlaw and the identical participant headed over from the ensuing nook.
Rangers stepped up the stress and from Borna Barisic’s nook from the suitable, Roofe shrugged off the attentions of County defender James Brown to volley in on the again submit for his first aim since February.
Kemar Roofe’s header places Rangers forward in opposition to Ross County at Dingwall
Tavernier’s terrific counter quickly afterwards got here when he robbed George Harmon in midfielder and strode ahead earlier than sending the ball dipping over Laidlaw from 20 yards, his third aim in six matches this season.
The match had swung away from the house facet in a matter of minutes and Laidlaw did effectively to claw a curling Lammers effort from distance away from the highest nook simply earlier than the break.
A surprising strike from James Tavernier provides Rangers a 2-0 lead at Ross County
County stormed into assault after the break.
Striker Jordan White missed a terrific probability by heading Yan Dhanda’s cross previous the submit from six yards, whereas unmarked.
On the hour mark Roofe and Lammers made approach for Sima and Rabbi Matondo as Beale injected actual tempo into his assault.
Jordan White misses a terrific probability to get Ross County again within the sport in opposition to Rangers
The modifications had the specified impact and Rangers’ menace was re-established.
Laidlaw tipped a robust Matondo drive over the bar earlier than saving a Sima header moments later, with the house facet defending the next corners.
Lawrence got here on for his long-awaited return together with Brazilian striker Danilo, with Dessers and Todd Cantwell going off.
Ross County had introduced on Will Nightingale, Turner, Josh Reid and Eamonn Brophy however couldn’t discover a approach again, albeit Sima did effectively to take the ball off Nightingale’s head yards from the Rangers aim.
Rangers can have tougher days within the Highlands however they must regroup shortly for his or her high-stakes journey to the Netherlands.
Sunday third September 11:00am
Kick off 12:00pm
Rangers journey to Eindhoven for Wednesday night time’s Champions League play off second-leg tie away to PSV.
They return to Scottish Premiership motion at dwelling to Celtic on September 3 with the primary Previous Agency derby of the season stay on Sky Sports activities. Kick-off 12pm.
Ross County’s subsequent league match is away to Kilmarnock on September 2. Kick-off 3pm.