Thanks to Ryan Jack’s impressive finish against Kilmarnock at Ibrox, the Rangers were 21 points ahead of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premier League

The Scottish midfielder’s volley just before half-time was enough to give Steven Gerrard’s side a home win for the seventh time in a row

But at the other end they rarely threatened and have now lost both games under new manager Tommy Wright

Hamilton Academical’s away win over Motherwell means Kilmarnock is just one point above the bottom two teams and has played more games than both

A seventh straight defeat for the Ayrshire side – and their third straight this season to Rangers without scoring – will no doubt convince Wright that while Gerrard’s side are closer to the title, his new protégés are about to score Fight relegation unless you can find gates somewhere

It’s why Wright signed Kyle Lafferty this week after the Northern Ireland international was eliminated from Reggina, but the former Rangers forward’s lack of match fitness prevented him from making a debut against his former side

You could certainly have had more bite against a Rangers team that, after their disappointing performance in the draw against Hamilton on Sunday, had once again not reached their height in the preseason

After both Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos were banned and Cedric Itten was alone up front, Gerrard’s team proved toothless on attack, and another frustrating afternoon saw them scrambling through Kilmarnock’s crowded 4-5- to type 1 formation

James Tavernier had the ball from Itten’s neat flick in the net, only to be offside, but that was the only clear sight until Jack showed a great deal of skill eight minutes before break

After a few Kilmarnock blocks in the penalty area, it fell to the Scottish midfielder 18 yards away He checked it properly with the instep and then shot it forcefully past goalkeeper Colin Doyle

It was a finish that fully justified Gerrard’s decision to bring Jack and Steven Davis back into midfield

Either because the goal inspired the Rangers or because the visitors were forced to seek equalization, the home side suddenly found a little more space and Doyle’s fingertips refused Ryan Kent to drive both sides of the break

Kilmarnock will likely feel upset that they were not given a chance to equalize when they were denied a late free kick after Leon Balogun fouled Danny Whitehall right outside the box, but a draw would have flattered the visitors

Gerrard will be happy that the Rangers juggernaut is back on track after the little hiccups against Accies last weekend

There are no signs of a second-half breakdown affecting his time as Rangers boss, and they are developing the habit of champions: winning when they are not at their best and without their best shooters / p>

Wright knew the extent of his job when he took over Kilmarnock and the recent defeat will underscore the need to bring Lafferty up to speed as soon as possible

They now have the worst loss of any team in the Premier League this season, however, as with Wednesday’s narrow loss to Motherwell, he will again draw positive results from a spirited performance

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard told Rangers TV: “Fantastic goal – deserves to win a football game We had a couple of meetings a week to reposition ourselves and it’s certainly an improvement on last week.” / p>

“I thought our possession of the pitch and our organization were back I want us to be a bit more clinical and ruthless, but I will never complain after a 1-0 win that is a Another clean sheet – 14 of 14 wins at home “

Rangers travel to Belgium to play against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday (20:00 GMT) before hosting Dundee United in the Premiership for a week on Sunday (15:00) In the meantime, Kilmarnock faces another difficult day away against Aberdeen next Saturday (3:00 p.m.)

Attempt saved Joe Aribo (Rangers) tried it with a left footed shot from the center of the box, held by the goalkeeper in the lower left. Assisted by Ryan Kent

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