Rangers moved three points clear of Hibernian in the Championship race at Ibrox on Tuesday night with a 4-0 win over Dumbarton that was in the final analysis comfortable.
It took Rangers just two minutes after the break to break the deadlock when Jason Holt fed James Tavernier on the right and was in the perfect spot to head home the full-back’s cross.
It was 2-0 on the hour when in a lightning counter-attack Nicky Clark found Gedion Zelalem whose quick pass to Martyn Waghorn some 20 yards out saw the striker curl the ball home with a superb left-foot effort.
Two minutes later Belfast-born Jordan Thompson and Kenny Miller were introduced to the fray, substituting for Gedion Zelalem and Barrie McKay.
Thompson was impressing with his clever play, quick feet and speed of thought – and he was agonisingly close to adding his name to the scoresheet for the first time on 71 minutes but his drive was turned over by Brown.
The 77th minute saw Nathan Oduwa replace Martyn Waghorn and within four minutes the winger had scored his first goal for Rangers when he swept home a Lee Wallace cutback .
Andy Halliday had waited all season to take a penalty – but with Waghorn off the park he made no mistake in 87 minutes when Lee Wallace was upended by Steven Saunders. The defender was red-carded for his troubles.
Rangers: Foderingham; Tavernier, Ball, Kiernan, Wallace; Holt, Halliday, Zelalem (Thompson 62), McKay (Miller 62); Waghorn (Oduwa 77), Clark
Unused Subs: Kelly, Aird, Hardie, Ross McCrorie
Dumbarton: M. Brown; Saunders, Wright, Barr, Docherty; Cawley (Lindsay 63), Gallagher, Fleming, Routledge (S. Brown 63), Gibson; Craig (Brophie 67)
Unused Subs: Ewings, Buchanan, Waters, Ross
Referee: Crawford Allan