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Morelos has begun path to Rangers goal-scoring greatness, hopes boss

Rangers 6-0 Dunfermline

By Andy Newport

Pedro Caixinha believes Alfredo Morelos began a long scoring career at Rangers with a double in the thumping 6-0 Betfred Cup win over Dunfermline at Ibrox.

Kenny Miller and Bruno Alves had the home side two up in eight minutes before the 21-year-old Colombian, who signed a three-year deal from HJK Helsinki, opened his account with a low drive and defender James Tavernier added a fourth before the break.

Portuguese attacker Daniel Candeias fired in a free-kick in the 56th minute for his first Rangers goal and Morelos grabbed his second from close range to emphasise the gap between the two sides on the night.

Caixinha was reluctant to comment too much on the quarter-final draw which sees the Gers travel to Partick Thistle, saying: "It's too far away from now.

"We have a month to get there, we need to fight to get to the semi-finals but that's all for the moment."

However, Caixinha was full of praise for the performance of Morelos, adding: "I think what really pleased me is the anger and the passion he played with.

"He fought for every ball, he was always fighting. And he was in the right place to score.

"That's just two goals I'm sure in a long career of scoring many more goals for Rangers.

"Strikers live on goals and I am pleased my two strikers scored. The levels of confidence make a difference".

The Portuguese boss was pleased in general with the way his side went about their business against the Championship side.

He said: "I really enjoyed it tonight, really pleased with the quality, commitment, pace and rhythm.

"The leadership was good, controlling the game. I have to be pleased with that."

Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston, a former Gers attacker, said: 'We were really poor tonight, losing the early goals.

"You can see the quality they've got once they've got their confidence up and start playing, so we made it a long night for us.

• Holders Celtic will meet Dundee at Dens Park in the quarter-finals of the Scottish League Cup.

Last season's beaten finalists Aberdeen will be away to Motherwell when the ties are played next month.

Partick Thistle will host Glasgow neighbours Rangers in the third all-Premiership tie.

And Livingston, who are the only Championship side in the last eight of the competition, will visit Hibernian with the matches played on 19, 20 and 21 September.

Rangers: Alnwick, Tavernier, Fabio Cardoso, Bruno Alves (Wilson 56), Hodson, Candeias, Rossiter, Dorrans (Holt 68), Windass, Morelos, Miller (Kranjcar 59).

Goals: Miller 5, Bruno Alves 9, Morelos 23, Tavernier 27, Candeias 57,Morelos 75.

Dunfermline: Murdoch, Williamson, Morris, Ashcroft, Martin, Hopkirk (Mvoto 29), Paton, Wedderburn, Cardle (Lochhead 68), Higginbotham (Shiels 62), McManus.

Attendance: 35,262

Referee: Don Robertson (Scotland).

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