Rangers enjoyed a comfortable win over injury-hit Hamilton as they cut Celtic's lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League to five points.
Rangers winger Vladimir Weiss was in entertaining form, the Slovak firing the home side ahead in 25 minutes then being scythed down for a penalty.
Steven Whittaker confidently scored from the spot before Weiss added a third from a free-kick.
Maurice Edu scored Rangers' fourth, shooting past helpless Tomas Cerny.
As manager Walter Smith had said on Friday, Kenny Miller was back in a Rangers jersey after being left out of the 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Kilmarnock on Monday while he holds talks with Birmingham and Fiorentina.
His presence was bad news for Hamilton manager Billy Reid who was without suspended duo Simon Mensing and Jim McAlister following their red cards in the defeat to Celtic midweek.
In addition, Mark McLaughlin, Martin Canning, David Buchanan, Gary McDonald, Alex Neil and James Gibson were out injured.
As James McCarthy and Brian Easton can attest, Reid has never hesitated to give youth a chance and at Ibrox he began with 17-year-old Michael Devlin and Lee Kilday, a year older, in a five-man defence completed by David Elebert, Andy Graham and Gavin Skelton.
There were long odds on a depleted Accies side taking anything from a side 10 places above them in the league and so it proved, though the Lanarkshire side kept the Light Blues at bay for 25 minutes.
Cerny's goal came under fire several times before Weiss made the breakthrough, with an early Lee McCulloch shot from 25 yards being deflected wide and a Steven Davis free-kick going over the bar from 30 yards.
Davis smacked a shot just wide with fellow countryman Kyle Lafferty begging for the ball to be passed to him for a tap-in, then Vladimir Weiss lifted the home crowd at a rain-lashed Ibrox by swishing past three Accies defenders only to have his shot deflected for a corner.
Cerny parried another McCulloch drive before he was finally beaten by the Slovak Weiss, who ignored the pressing of Kilday and rifled a 25-yard shot into the corner of the net.
The Accies keeper saved well at the feet of Lafferty seconds later but there was nothing the impressive keeper could do when Elebert dived in on Weiss.
Whittaker's confidence was high after scoring Rangers' third from the spot against Kilmarnock and the former Hibs full-back made no mistake, scoring his team's second.
The Paixao twins offered the small band of fans in red and white most hope, though Marco's shot from 35 yards did not trouble Allan McGregor and Flavio, though he did well to forge his way into a dangerous position, had his cross plucked out of the air by the Rangers number one.
Cerny tipped a header over the bar from Rangers' lanky striker Kyle Lafferty but the goalie was flummoxed on the stroke of half-time when Miller ran across the face of Accies' defence, stepped over the ball and Weiss's free-kick rolled into the far corner of the net - Rangers' thousandth SPL goal.
After a dull opening to the second half Rangers removed the two players who had tormented the visitors, no doubt mindful of the number of games building up.
Vladimir Weiss was given a standing ovation by the Rangers fans as he made way for Gregg Wylde, and Steven Davis was replaced by Maurice Edu.
Midfielder Wylde was soon involved in an attack, taking a pass from McCulloch and unselfishly setting up Lafferty for a shot, though the Northern Irishman will be unhappy with his tame attempt at goal.
Two more substitutions served to interrupt the match. Reid shook Kilday's hand as the 18-year-old trudged off, with Ali Crawford ending his involvement, while for the home side left-back Sasa Papac was taken off after a knock, with Ricky Foster getting some game time.
Miller, with much on his mind, had a quiet match, perhaps his last at Ibrox.
Rangers added a fourth in 82 minutes, Edu turning on to Whittaker's throw-in into the penalty box and firing a left-foot shot past Cerny.
Lafferty showed a lovely touch to clip the junction of crossbar and post with a left-footed chip from the edge of the box.
And in the 89th minute Flavio Paixao's spectacular overhead kick was brilliantly saved by McGregor.
With two wins in 19 SPL games, Accies remain rooted to the bottom of the table but their resources will rarely be as severely stretched as they were at Ibrox.
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