Malik Tillman showed why Rangers are desperate to keep him beyond the summer as the on-loan midfielder delivered Scottish Premiership victory over Dundee United.
After manager Michael Beale confirmed the club are in talks with Bayern Munich to activate the clause for a permanent deal, Tillman's goals either side of half-time at Ibrox were a timely reminder of his importance.
Rangers' 10th straight league win trims the gap to six points on leaders Celtic, who face Ross County on Sunday.
Goalkeeper Allan McGregor crowned his 500th Rangers appearance with a clean sheet and was seldom troubled by bottom club United whose winless league run now extends to 11 matches.
Jim Goodwin's side remain two points adrift of County, while third-bottom Kilmarnock now have a six-point cushion over United after beating Hearts.Everything you need to know about RangersKeep up to date with all things Dundee Utd
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Formation 4-2-3-11McGregor2TavernierBooked at 51minsSubstituted forWrightat 73'minutes6Goldson26Davies31Barisic4Lundstram8JackSubstituted forSouttarat 85'minutes13CantwellSubstituted forArfieldat 85'minutes71TillmanSubstituted forColakat 85'minutes14Kent20MorelosSubstituted forSakalaat 73'minutes
Formation 3-4-2-11Birighitti27Ayina12Edwards3McMannSubstituted forNiskanenat 76'minutesBooked at 89mins22Freeman14Sibbald23Harkes16BehichSubstituted forAnim Cudjoeat 82'minutes8PawlettSubstituted forFotheringhamat 21'minutes18McGrath9FletcherSubstituted forAnakuat 76'minutes
Match ends, Rangers 2, Dundee United 0.
Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Dundee United 0.
Attempt saved. Mathew Anim Cudjoe (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Jamie McGrath (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by John Lundstram (Rangers).
Jamie McGrath (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Ilmari Niskanen (Dundee United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Scott Arfield (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ilmari Niskanen (Dundee United).
Foul by John Souttar (Rangers).
Kai Fotheringham (Dundee United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. Antonio-Mirko Colak (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Borna Barisic with a cross.
Attempt missed. Antonio-Mirko Colak (Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Wright with a cross.
Substitution, Rangers. Scott Arfield replaces Todd Cantwell.
Substitution, Rangers. Antonio-Mirko Colak replaces Malik Tillman.
Substitution, Rangers. John Souttar replaces Ryan Jack.
Attempt blocked. Ryan Kent (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fashion Sakala.
Attempt missed. Connor Goldson (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Borna Barisic with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ilmari Niskanen.
Attempt blocked. Fashion Sakala (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Kent.
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Squad number1Player nameMcGregor
Squad number2Player nameTavernier
Squad number6Player nameGoldson
Squad number26Player nameDavies
Squad number31Player nameBarisic
Squad number4Player nameLundstram
Squad number8Player nameJack
Squad number13Player nameCantwell
Squad number71Player nameTillman
Squad number14Player nameKent
Squad number20Player nameMorelos
Squad number9Player nameColak
Squad number16Player nameSouttar
Squad number23Player nameWright
Squad number30Player nameSakala
Squad number37Player nameArfield
Squad number1Player nameBirighitti
Squad number27Player nameAyina
Squad number12Player nameEdwards
Squad number3Player nameMcMann
Squad number22Player nameFreeman
Squad number14Player nameSibbald
Squad number23Player nameHarkes
Squad number16Player nameBehich
Squad number8Player namePawlett
Squad number18Player nameMcGrath
Squad number9Player nameFletcher
Squad number7Player nameNiskanen
Squad number20Player nameAnaku
Squad number25Player nameFotheringham
Squad number28Player nameAnim Cudjoe
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