Rangers leapfrogged Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership as Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick in a dominant win over Hamilton Academical.

Steven Gerrard’s men took advantage of Celtic’s defeat to Livingston earlier in the day to move two points clear going into the international break.

Connor Goldson and Borna Barisic also scored in the Ibrox rout.

It means Rangers have won their last three league games with an aggregate score of 14-0.

Gerrard’s men have also posted four wins in a row since their Old Firm defeat to Celtic.

For Hamilton, they remain in eighth with all four sides below them in the table failing to win at the weekend.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 4Edmundson
  • 31Barisic
  • 18Kamara
  • 10DavisSubstituted forMurphyat 64′minutes
  • 11OjoSubstituted forMorelosat 74′minutes
  • 37ArfieldSubstituted forPolsterat 64′minutes
  • 24Stewart
  • 9Defoe

Substitutes

  • 7Murphy
  • 13Foderingham
  • 16Halliday
  • 17Aribo
  • 19Katic
  • 20Morelos
  • 25Polster

Hamilton

  • 1Fon Williams
  • 4McKenna
  • 5FjørtoftSubstituted forHamiltonat 69′minutes
  • 26StubbsBooked at 60mins
  • 24Easton
  • 3McMann
  • 15Hughes
  • 13Gogic
  • 10Alston
  • 17BeckSubstituted forSmithat 60′minutes
  • 9Oakley

Substitutes

  • 11Miller
  • 14Cunningham
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 28Smith
  • 31Southwood
  • 40Hamilton
  • 99Ogboe
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
48,838

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home23
Away3
Shots on Target
Home11
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 5, Hamilton Academical 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 5, Hamilton Academical 0.

Attempt missed. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Borna Barisic (Rangers).

Ciaran McKenna (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lewis Smith (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Murphy (Rangers).

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) hits the bar with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left.

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

Blair Alston (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

Jamie Hamilton (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) header from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Alfredo Morelos replaces Sheyi Ojo.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 5, Hamilton Academical 0. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Greg Stewart (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Sheyi Ojo (Rangers).

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Jamie Hamilton replaces Markus Fjørtoft.

Foul by Borna Barisic (Rangers).

Lewis Smith (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Matt Polster replaces Scott Arfield.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Jamie Murphy replaces Steven Davis.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 4, Hamilton Academical 0. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Davis.

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 3, Hamilton Academical 0. Borna Barisic (Rangers) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Lewis Smith replaces Adrian Beck.

Booking

Sam Stubbs (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jermain Defoe (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Stubbs (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brian Easton (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

Ronan Hughes (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Connor Goldson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Oakley (Hamilton Academical).

Hand ball by Greg Stewart (Rangers).