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St Joseph's 0 Rangers 4
Rangers took command of their Europa League first-round qualifier against St Joseph's after a clinical second-half display in Gibraltar.
Steven Gerrard's side, who reached the group stage last term, are set to meet Cork City or Progres Niederkorn in the second round after opening a four-goal lead before next Thursday's second leg. After a frustrating first half, Ryan Jack volleyed in before new signing Sheyi Ojo doubled the advantage. Borna Barisic and Alfredo Morelos added further goals to cap a routine win.
It renders next week's second leg at Ibrox effectively moot, and means Rangers can look forward to welcoming visitors from either Ireland or Luxembourg on 25 July. However, the Scottish Premiership runners-up still have to negotiate a further three rounds after this if they are to repeat last season's achievement.
If Gerrard needed any evidence to demonstrate to his players the perils of complacency - even against the semi-professional third best team in Gibraltar - then rivals Celtic's defeat by Lincoln Red Imps on the same ground three years ago provided it. Similarly, there was also Rangers' own ignominious defeat in 2017 by their potential second-round opponents Progres Niederkorn.
In that vein, a frustrating first 45 minutes yielded little with the positives coming in the form of Ojo and Jordan Jones, catching the eye on their debuts with their pace and direct running.
Ojo drove from halfway into St Joseph's box and forced a save from Francisco Vera after just five minutes, and later did so again from distance after jinking off the right-hand side. And, on the other flank, Jones also drove in field to tee up Jermain Defoe to shoot from 12 yards, but St Joseph defender Federico Villar's desperate lunge took the ball off the former England striker's toes.
Glen Kamara's fizzing drive from distance and Defoe's toe-poke on the angle were the only other clear chances for the visitors.
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Rangers 2 Celtic 0
Rangers secured back-to-back home wins over Celtic for the first time in seven years with a dominant and determined display against the Scottish champions.
Steven Gerrard's side got the ideal start as James Tavernier's free-kick deceived goalkeeper Scott Bain with only two minutes gone at Ibrox.
Celtic were left angry as Jon Flanagan escaped with a yellow card for an elbow in the face of Scott Brown.
Rangers took advantage as Scott Arfield finished off a fine, flowing move.
The derby win takes the hosts to within six points of their city rivals, but with the title already returning to Celtic Park, it more importantly was a signal of intent ahead of next season as Rangers secured a sixth consecutive win.
It also ends Celtic's 12-game unbeaten run since Valencia ended their Europa League hopes - and a run of 16 without loss in the league since their December defeat at Ibrox.
While the title was long won by the visitors, there is no such thing as a meaningless Old Firm derby and there was still plenty more on the line as the players emerged into a sun-kissed Ibrox.
Neil Lennon is still trying to win a permanent contract with Celtic after taking over as interim manager following Brendan Rodgers' departure to Leicester City.
Counterpart Gerrard is out to prove both his worth in his first managerial job - and that the December win over their city rivals was no flash in the pan. It didn't take long for the former England captain's side to take an early lead and help his case.
Tavernier had already found the net 16 times this season - 14 from the penalty spot - before the right-back's in-swinging free-kick whipped past Bain as it skimmed clear of a sea of heads and nestled in the far corner of the net.
Celtic were rattled. Shorn of the injured James Forrest and Kieran Tierney, rested ahead of the Scottish Cup final, and adopting a back three, Lennon's side lacked the width to trouble a blue tide feverishly chasing down anything resembling a Celtic shadow.
Gerrard had decided against restoring top scorer Alfredo Morelos to the starting line-up on the Colombian's return from a suspension resulting from his red card in the last Old Firm derby.
In his absence, Jermain Defoe, the veteran on loan from Bournemouth, has formed a fruitful partnership with Arfield and the pair responded by giving the Celtic backline a torrid afternoon.
Defoe's dummy after Glen Kamara cleverly shrugged off Brown to thread a ball towards the Celtic penalty box set up the former Burnley midfielder to slot home the second goal.
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Rangers v Dundee
Steven Gerrard believes Rangers are riding on the crest of a wave as they prepare to face Dundee in the Scottish Premiership.
Having drawn 0-0 with St Johnstone on February 16, Rangers have hit five without reply in consecutive games, against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup and on Sunday at Hamilton. They sit eight points behind leaders Celtic, but have a five-point cushion on third-place Aberdeen.
Rangers were frustrated by Dundee the last time they met as they were held to a 1-1 draw on Tayside, despite Dundee playing with 10 men for over 70 minutes.
Gerrard admits he still thinks about that result, but feels the confidence flowing among the Rangers squad.
"The December game with Dundee was very frustrating. It's still a result that to this day doesn't really sit too well for us," he said.
"We huffed and puffed. We had all the ball without any real success in the final third. We also scored a legitimate goal that wasn't given, so it was a frustrating afternoon.
"We'll show Dundee the respect they deserve. We'll expect it to be tough but we're going in with good form and confidence after two 5-0 victories against Killie and Hamilton.
"I'd like to think we're riding the crest of a wave. The reaction from the St Johnstone draw last week has been really positive. The goals and the clean sheets are very nice but I've been more impressed with the hunger and mentality of the group. We've got that wrong at times.
"There is always a danger at times at Rangers that the players can get a bit complacent and think they can just turn up. That can't be the case. We have to show intent and hunger in every game."
Rangers welcome Alfredo Morelos back from suspension for Wednesday's visit of Dundee but Andy Halliday is set to miss out.
The left-back is struggling with a groin complaint and may have to sit out the Ladbrokes Premiership fixture, alongside new signing Matt Polster. The United States international was set to make his debut at some point against the Dark Blues but also has a groin issue.
Long-term absentees Jamie Murphy and Graham Dorrans (both knee) are continuing their rehab work.
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Rangers v Aberdeen
Aberdeen welcome Scotland defender Scott McKenna back from suspension for Sunday's Scottish League Cup semi-final meeting with Rangers at Hampden.
Niall McGinn, Stevie May and Scott Wright are in contention while Greg Tansey, Frank Ross, Tommie Hoban and Mark Reynolds are missing.

Rangers are without forwards Alfredo Morelos, who is suspended, and Kyle Lafferty, who is cup-tied.
Borna Barisic and Graham Dorrans are out but Scott Arfield may return.
"I'll go to Hampden like any other stadium, with a game plan to win," said Rangers manager Steven Gerrard. "I used to love playing semi-finals as a player.
"The question I am asking the players is can we win without Morelos and Lafferty involved? Wait and see for my game plan and what we are trying to do.
"We have had many big games this season, when you sign up as Rangers manager it is for these big moments. We want a final and want to take our fans to a final."
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes said: "I can understand Rangers being favourites for the game and I can understand there is a lot expected of them.
"I think Steven's done a great job there and really imposed himself on the club. Rangers have always had big squads in the last few seasons but I think they've got a better squad, clearly.
"But we feel there are big performances in us, we feel we can beat anybody on our day and we feel that to deliver another cup final appearance and chance at silverware, we're going to have to deliver not just in possession and out of possession but also that mentality to get the job done."
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The decision on where Scotland will play their games from 2020 has been delayed for 7 days.

I'm sure we had a thread on this previously - what's everybody's thoughts?

Personally, I'm not that bothered. Everybody knows how much of a disappointment Hampden is. Murrayfield seems like a good alternative and would probably create a much better atmosphere and become a more difficult place to go for opposing teams.
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