It has been a disappointing season so far for Rangers big-money signing Ryan Kent, but his first two goals of the season helped Steven Gerrard’s side see of Hamilton, who pushed the Govan side all the way.
After taking an early lead through Ryan Jack, it looked as if Rangers were going to run riot, but Hamilton had different ideas and were quickly level as Hamilton youngster Lewis Smith scored his fourth goal of the season on the day he was handed a new three-year-deal.
Just as half-time was approaching, Kent unleashed an effort from distance which flew past Luke Southwood into the top corner to put The Gers ahead at the break.
The second-half was dominated by Hamilton, who can consider themselves seriously unlucky to not to get anything from the game.
Brian Rice will be proud of his side who gave everything, but knows his side created a couple of fantastic chances, with the most memorable one being when Mickel Miller somehow missed from two-yards out.
The points were eventually sealed in the dying moments when Rangers broke free on the counter with Accies throwing everything forward, allowing Kent to slam home his second from just outside the box.
Steven Gerrard made one change from the side that defeated Livingston as Jermain Defoe replaced Alfredo Morelos, who had only touched down in Glasgow 24 hours before kick off having been on international duty with Columbia.
Brian Rice handed a debut to on-loan goalkeeper Luke Southwood while Brian Easton and Marios Ogkmpoe replaced George Oakley and the suspended Sam Stubbs.
Rangers dominated the opening five minutes of the game in terms of possession, and opened the scoring on the seventh minute when a cross by James Tavernier was cleared by Jamie Hamilton, but only as far as Ryan Jack, who curled home past Luke Southwood.
The visitors came close to adding a second minutes later when Ryan Kent breezed by three Hamilton defenders before his ambitious effort from 20-yards out came back off the post.
Hamilton equalised on the 14th minute when Mickel Miller’s cross towards the back-post found Steve Davies, who done extremely well to head it back into Lewis Smith. His first effort was well blocked by Filip Helander, but the 19-year old was on-hand to head home the rebound beyond Allan McGregor to score his fourth goal of the season.
Ryan Jack came close to scoring his second of the afternoon midway through the first-half when a decent effort from 25-yards was well held by Southwood, before the debutant keeper made an even better save as he tipped an effort from similar distance around the post.
Hamilton looked set to go in level at the break until Kent scored a screamer on the 43rd minute. After picking the ball up on the right-wing, he shifted the ball onto his left-foot and fired a howitzer into the top corner, giving the Accies keeper no chance.
Half-Time- Hamilton 1-2 Rangers
Southwood will have given Brian Rice some food for thought in games to come as the 21-year-old made another excellent save minutes into the second half to deny Joe Aribo.
George Oakley came off the bench to replace Ogkmpoe and the striker was involved straight away as Hamilton somehow didn’t level on the 64th minute.
Brian Easton burst forward following an interception before playing the ball out to Smith and his pin-point pass led to Oakley squaring the ball for Mickel Miller, who somehow missed a chance that looked easier to score than miss.
Helander missed an excellent opportunity to give Rangers a two-goal lead when he headed wide from a set-piece after being left unmarked.
As Accies committed bodies forward, Rangers punished them as they added a third on the counter when Alfredo Morelos laid the ball off to Kent on the edge of the box and he slammed home from just outside the area to seal the points.
Full Time- Hamilton 1-3 Rangers
It’s not normally you leave a game against the Old Firm gutted that you haven’t taken anything from the game. I thought we deserved a point at least yesterday and had Miller taken his chance, I believe we would have got something.
We need to reproduce a similar performance next weekend against Livingston as we really need to start putting points on the board.
Referee- Steven McLean
Assistants- Dougie Potter & Drew Kirkland
Fourth Official- Gavin Ross
Goals- Jack(7), Smith(14), Kent(43,90)
Yellow Cards- Oakley(62), Gogic(64), Defoe(70), Morelos(87)
Red Cards- 0