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Steven Whittaker and Kris Boyd helped themselves to a double apiece as Rangers romped to a comfortable 4-1 win over Hamilton in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The pair both netted either side of half-time to ensure the Scottish champions remain at the summit with a 100% record.

Accies did manage to pull a goal back late on through Mark McLaughlin, however their dismal start to the season continues as they remain bottom of the SPL having already conceded 10 goals.

Rangers immediately piled on the pressure with Steven Davis racing onto a long ball from Pedro Mendes and surging into the box only for his first effort to be blocked by goalkeeper Tomas Cerny and his second attempt rippling the side-netting.

Hamilton found themselves trailing after 19 minutes and Davis was involved once again, setting up Whittaker to coolly slot past the helpless Cerny.

Rangers doubled their advantage with 27 minutes gone when a Sasa Papac cross was inadvertently nodded back into the packed goalmouth by Simon Mensing and Boyd was waiting to send a looping header into the back of the net.

The match could have been over within seconds of the restart when Kenny Miller whipped an inviting ball across the face of goal to Madjid Bougherra at the far post but he hooked harmlessly over.

Any hopes of an Accies comeback were dashed after 65 minutes when Davis found Steven Naismith out on the left and his cut-back was met by Boyd who lashed home from 10 yards.

Not to be outdone, Whittaker grabbed his second of the day in style just two minutes later. He played a one-two with Davis before dispatching a terrific curving shot past Cerny from 22 yards.

Hamilton did manage to pull a goal back with three minutes to go when McLaughlin nodded home from a Luis Rubiales corner but it was scant consolation for a team still looking to put points on the board this season.

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