After doubling Leicester’s lead from the penalty spot in the 74th minute, Jamie Vardy cupped his ears to the empty stand behind the West Brom goal

After doubling Leicester’s lead from the penalty spot in the 74th minute, Jamie Vardy cupped his ears to the empty stand behind the West Brom goal

However, their star performer was to be found at the other end of the field in Ryan Kent, who opened the scoring ahead of further efforts from captain James Tavernier, Kemar Roofe and Morelos’ replacement Scott Arfield.

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There was polite applause from the Staggies supporters in the east stand as the home team emerged from the opposite side of the pitch and by and large they stuck to the strict code of conduct drawn up for the day.

The presence of a second striker allowed Edouard to drop into space and take his game to new heights last term and, with Ajeti adjudged fit enough to start for the first time since his £5m transfer from West Ham, there was no requirement for the Frenchman to hold a high position.

Barisic is a major weapon for Rangers given the overall quality of his delivery. Yet, he was afforded so much time to weigh up his options from the flank before firing a dangerous low cross into the heart of the area on 39 minutes .

Though Everton may appear a step down for someone who has graced clubs of that stature, Rodriguez has twice been signed under current Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti and spoke to his international team-mate Yerry Mina before committing to Goodison.

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‘The club has shown its intent with the three signings they have made in this window (Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure). It helps when you have a great and hugely knowledgeable manager. Let’s hope in the next few years, others want to join us.

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It was from one of those deeper pockets that he started the one-two with James Forrest that carried him into the box where he fell under the close attentions of Jordan Tillson and was instantly awarded the penalty by referee Andrew Dallas. 

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The powers-that be bestowed test event status on this fixture and, as 300 Ross County supporters settled into their socially-distanced seats, Neil Lennon used the occasion to try out a few new ideas of his own. 

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Kent has been Rangers’ outstanding contributor so far this season. If a rejected £10million offer from Leeds United and reports of continued interest have been unsettling in any way, there is certainly no sign of any negative effect.

Rangers dominated the game and became the first side to open a Scottish season with seven straight clean sheets, beating a landmark established by arch-rivals Celtic back in 1906, thanks, in no small part, to an 86th- minute effort from visiting midfielder Ian Harkes coming back off the crossbar and keeper Jon McLaughlin denying Lawrence Shankland in the dying seconds.

Leon Balogun also limped out of the warm-up, Ryan Jack went off after 11 minutes and Borna Barisic was replaced in the second period ahead of the Glasgow outfit’s Europa League second qualifying round trip to Gibraltar to face Lincoln Red Imps on Thursday.

Last season’s Golden Boot winner had just click the following page extended his 100 per cent scoring record at The Hawthorns to five games and – cheeky as always – he could not resist a dig at the absent Albion supporters who were doubtless berating him in front of their televisions.

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Alfredo Morelos, an early substitute for hamstring injury victim Brandon Barker and the subject of a £16million plus bid from Lille earlier in the summer, was taken off on a stretcher on 55 minutes after visiting centre-back Ryan Edwards had appeared to leave his studs in following a challenge.