Walter Smith hailed his front pairing of Kenny Miller and Kris Boyd after they inspired Rangers to a 6-1 thrashing of Motherwell.

Miller curled the ball into the top corner from 22 yards inside five minutes and both forwards struck early in the second half to put Rangers three ahead. The strike partners have notched five goals each in a four-match winning spell in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, which has left Rangers four points clear of Celtic ahead of their Old Firm rivals' trip to Tynecastle.

"The first goal was terrific," Smith said. "I always feel in home games you need to get off to a good start and that was a fantastic goal."

He added: "His (Miller's) overall play has been excellent, and Kris Boyd as well. They have been helping the team extremely well and getting goals."

Kyle Lafferty struck a late double after coming off the bench and the rejuvenated DaMarcus Beasley also added to his enhanced reputation with a cool finish in the closing stages.

The lively Beasley again created problems down the right in his fourth successive start following a long spell on the fringes.

"DaMarcus has come back and played extremely well," Smith said. "He started his career here like that but unfortunately got a bad injury.

"He is back and playing well and is the type who is liable to score as well, as he has shown in the last couple of games."

Motherwell manager Jim Gannon, who revealed Giles Coke had missed out with a knee strain, said: ``I'm not going to be overly critical of our young players.

``Rangers have got quality. I don't think it was a particularly special day for them, I think they are capable of scoring that amount of goals."

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