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 Sunday, 27 October, 2002, 17:06 GMT
Gers sweep Killie aside
Michael Mols opens the scoring for Rangers
Michael Mols scored twice on his Rangers return
Rangers 6-1 Kilmarnock

Dutch striker Michael Mols marked his return to the starting line-up by scoring twice as Rangers hammered Kilmarnock at Ibrox.

The injury-plagued former international had not started a game since April's 2-1 defeat by Livingston.

But he scored the first two goals in clinical first half by the Scottish Premier League leaders.

Ronald de Boer added a third before Barry Ferguson chipped in with two, one from the penalty spot, in between the fifth by Craig Moore.

Michael Mols celebrates after scoring at Ibrox
Michael Mols was in quick-fire form
The warning signs were there from the kick off, De Boer's cross to the front post finding Peter Lovenkrands unmarked, but the Dane could only slice the ball wide of the far post.

Kilmarnock threatened briefly when a Stefan Klos punch fell to Jose Quitongo and the little forward's volley from 15 yards flew a few yards over.

Mols made the breakthrough for Rangers after five minutes when he turned his marker and drove the ball low in off the near post from 15 yards.

The striker next set up countryman Fernando Ricksen only for the midfielder to drive straight at goalkeeper Gordon Marshall.

Mols did not take long to add to his tally, De Boer breaking clear and setting up his Dutch team-mate with a simple tap in after 15 minutes.

De Boer made it three 11 minutes later when he cleverly curled a right-foot shot round a clutch of players and into the far corner of the net.

Rangers' dominance again told after 34 minutes, with a superb move involving Ricksen and Mols, who played the ball into the path of Ferguson and the Scotland midfielder cleverly lobbed the ball over the advancing Marshall.

Rangers conceded their first goal at home in the SPL this season when Fulton rose above a body of players to head home a Gary Locke free-kick a minute before the break.

Ronald de Boer celebrates his goal
Ronald de Boer scored against Killie
Rangers replaced De Boer with Claudio Caniggia at half-time, while Killie lost Barry McLaughlin to a dislocated shoulder.

Caniggia came close to marking his presence with a goal, his chip just missing the far post.

Mols had missed a couple of chances in the first half to complete his hat-trick and was replaced by Billy Dodds after 60 minutes.

Moore added Rangers' fifth when he met a corner and headed the ball home from eight yards.

Ferguson slotted the ball home from the spot after Ricksen was fouled in the box to complete the scoring after 71 minutes.


Rangers: Klos, Ross, Malcolm, Moore, Numan, Ricksen, Ferguson (Konterman 74), Hughes, de Boer (Caniggia 45), Mols (Dodds 62), Lovenkrands. Subs Not Used: McGregor, Muscat.

Goals: Mols 5, 15, de Boer 26, Ferguson 34, Moore 67, Ferguson 71 pen.

Kilmarnock: Marshall, McLaughlin (Innes 43), Sanjuan, Dindeleux, Shields, Locke, Fulton, Quitongo (McSwegan 68), Canero, Boyd, Boutal (Fowler 45). Subs Not Used: Meldrum, Hay.

Booked: Shields, Innes.

Goal: Fulton 44.

Attendance: 48,368

Referee: W Young.

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