WHAT a night that was at Ibrox.

It has been a  good while since the stadium rocked as much as it did when Alfredo Morelos scored his second, and Rangers’ third, to seal the game.

It felt like old times.

Rangers are some way from being perfect still, and their fans must have walked away from the game wondering why the same set of players were so awful at Livingston.

Because for long spells in this game, Rangers played some really good stuff and deserved their win over a Rapid Vienna side who could play a bit.

There were some familiar traits in the performance and a few new ones as well. There are quite a few six-toseven-out-of-10 players who if they could find another level, would really push this team forward.

But that’s for another time. Rangers have four points from their first two Europa League group matches. Steven Gerrard is doing okay.

1. When Alfredo Morelos keeps the head then he a terrific centre-forward

This was as honest a performance as you will see from a player asked to lead the line, ruffle up defenders, come deep to link play and, oh, score goals as well. Morelos was good. Really one of his best games for Rangers.

The Colombian puts his head where others would think twice of sticking their foot and his work rate is exceptional. His first goal looked simple but he read the situation and got himself into the perfect position. 
That’s what a striker is supposed to do.

Morelos gave Rapid defender Mateo Barac a dull one in the first half, meaning he couldn’t carry on. Job done. His manager would have liked that.

He faded a little but kept going when his legs must have felt like lead. He won the penalty and then ran from his own half for his second. What else could he have done?

2. You wouldn’t take Rangers on a coupon

This was, in many ways, a seriously good European performance given Rangers went behind and showed good character to get back level almost immediately. But you never quite know what you are going to get with this team.

There was a real willingness on show, which was utterly absent at Livingston, they kept the ball really well at times and a point, even at home, in the  Europa League would hardly have been a disaster.

However, they wanted a win, which they deserved. 

It’s the silly mistakes such as players not getting back from an offside position quickly enough or the crosses which end up in Kinning Park which make no sense.

Still, the manager would have liked the energy and his players need to show him this level all the time.

Which Rangers turn up to face Hearts at Ibrox on Sunday is anyone’s guess.

3. James Tavernier is as good an attacking right-back as any in Rangers history – okay, this isn’t a new thing

The captain’s ability to not only find space on the right wing but to get his cross and actually find a man is a rare thing these days. He isn’t Sandy Jardine, that’s asking a lot, but how many assists is that since joining Rangers?

There was some inevitability when he got forward within a minute of Rapid’s goal that something would happen. And it did, when his low ball gave Morelos the chance he took.

There are moments when his defending is rightly questioned but as an attacker, Tavernier is in a class of his own. And he takes a mean penalty.

4. Gerrard needs to get a tune out of Ryan Kent

The winger came to Glasgow with a reputation of being blessed with skill most could only dream of, but he didn’t show it enough.

Ask anyone at Bristol City, where Kent spent some time on loan last season. He could be brilliant – his YouTube highlights package is something else – but then would disappear.

You could tell he was trying last night and to be fair to him, his team-mates didn’t spot his runs into the box, he did go looking for the ball and never hid.

But Gerrard signed this player to make the lives of full-backs not worth living and, again, he had plenty of opportunities to run at Rapid defenders and he choose to pass the ball backwards.

It was, of course, the right option at times but you want wingers to be, well, wingers. Gerrard will hope such a talent can consistently find the form he is capable of.

Ridiculously being caught in an offside position just after half-time did not go down well with his manager. However, there is 
something there. 

5. It is a work in progress but there is at least tonnes of spirit – and the fans can sense it

You always felt Rangers had a winning goal in them and that was because they kept going, kept looking for the ball, kept attacking.

The home crowd got behind this and by the end Ibrox was bouncing.

Rangers sit sixth in the Premiership because they are a brand new team with a rookie manager, and some of the players have mistakes in them.

However, a determination which was missing last season is there for all to see.