RANGERS supporters made their way to Fir Park yesterday hoping to see some genuine progress a month after Progres.

What they witnessed would have given them encouragement that at the very least this team is a marked upgrade on last season and that awful night in Luxembourg may turn out to be a one-off. We shall see.

They still can’t defend cross balls which is why nobody is fooled that there isn’t a lot of work to be done.

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Motherwell played well themselves, in fact it was a cracking match, and were unfortunate and silly not get themselves an equaliser late on. No defeat is a good thing but the Lanarkshire men can take a lot of positives from a match they lost because Louis Moult gave away a ridiculous penalty.

Make no mistake, Pedro Caixinha needed this result and performance, albeit his side were miles from perfect.

And in Graham Dorrans, who scored both goals, Rangers finally have a midfielder of real quality. The fan turned player was way above the rest.

But Caixinha will be concerned by the amount of times Motherwell cut their way through the middle of the park and on the wings. Some things haven’t changed.

However, it took four minutes for Rangers to show their fans that not everything was the same.

From a free-kick in midfield, Daniel Candeias sent the ball towards the back post, via the head of Motherwell defender Ben Heneghan, where Alves had more time than he should be allowed.

He crossed for Kenny Miller whose lovely first touch picked out Dorrans and his first time effort beat Motherwell keeper Trevor Carson and the despairing Heneghan on the line.

So far, so more than good for Caixinha. His team were dominant, moved the ball about quickly and the energy so missing in Luxembourg was there in bucket loads.

Windass put a shot over on ten minutes from ten yards, he ought to have done better, and the Englishman had another crack with an effort which flew wide.

The home side took a while before they got going but when they did, on 18 minutes, they missed a sitter.

The Rangers defence were carved open by Carl McHugh and Chris Cadden. The latter saw Moult was in space inside the box and sent the ball all the way to him, taking out defenders and Rangers keeper Wes Foderingham, only for the striker to fluff his lines from close range.

It was wonderfully entertaining stuff and the day got better for Motherwell on 40 minutes.

Alves conceded a free-kick for a clumsy tackle on Moult, the set-piece was taken by Tanner who sent the ball into an area Rangers haven’t looked good for a long time and Heneghan was too strong for the rest and headed in the equaliser.

Rangers’s reaction came through Windass, having a storming match, but for the second time he saw a well-executed shot rattle the crossbar.

Rangers, however, were back in front on 58 minutes.

A corner was cleared back to Candeias, he sent in a second cross and Moult for reasons best known to himself led with his elbow as he challenged Fabio Cardoso for the ball which was spotted by referee Bobby Madden.

The Motherwell striker was booked and Dorrans confidently stepped up and sent the ball into the net.

Rangers were hanging on at the end but had showed a lot more than perhaps their own support expected. As for Motherwell, if this is what they can do then they should be OK.