The mood was low among the home support after Aberdeen scored the first goal, and despite a fast start, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men had nothing to show for the opening quarter of the match.
Goals from Antonio Colak and John Lundstram finally gave the Light Blues something to cheer amid 19 first-half shots, and their dominance continued after the break.
James Tavernier scored Rangers’ third goal before a rare penalty miss, and Alfredo Morelos wrapped up the three points with a late goal.
Lundstram was outstanding, making three key passes during the game and grabbing a well-deserved goal, but Tavernier was the Dutchman’s unsung hero this afternoon.
Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton, who once called Tavernier a “serial loser”, backtracked on these claims by appearing on BT Sport podcast Currie Club, and his performance today surely answered his critics following a few below-par displays.
In addition to scoring, the defender had four shots on target, and with a bit more composure he may have added an extra goal or two, especially considering that he missed a second-half penalty.
The 30-year-old also made three key passes during the game which were key to Rangers’ dominant win and took 112 touches. While he only had a pass success rate of 84%, his overall attacking performance more than made up for the slack passing.
Defensively, Tavernier wasn’t quite at the races, losing possession 24 times, but Van Bronckhorst will be relieved that the right-back has discovered the attacking nous which saw him register 35 goal contributions last season.
If the Rangers captain can maintain the levels that he showed today, it will give the Ibrox faithful, and indeed the Light Blues’ starting XI, a much-needed boost ahead of bigger challenges to come.