Steven Gerrard’s Rangers took a huge step towards their first silverware as they crushed Hearts 3-0 in the League Cup semi-final on Sunday. 

They were expected to win and, in reality, Hearts were a mess after sacking manager Craig Levein earlier in the week.

But prior to this game Rangers had lost five consecutive semi-finals without scoring a single goal. Reversing that trend on Sunday shows how far the club has come under Gerrard.

There were some brilliant performances throughout the team – Ryan Jack controlled the game again and Filip Helander popped up with the opening goal in the first half – but there was only one man-of-the-match and it was the masterful Alfredo Morelos, who scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season to make the game safe.

The reward is a mouth-watering cup final against Celtic on December 8 that will prove the ultimate test. A win there would be a huge momentum shifter for the Premiership too.

The debate for the past week has been whether Morelos will angle for a move in January but Sunday was his day – and plenty of Rangers fans took time out to salute their hero after the game.

In other Rangers news, Gerrard issues hands-off warning over Rangers first-team star – ‘he isn’t going anywhere’

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