RANGERS recorded their second win under the guidance of Graeme Murty as they beat Partick Thistle at Ibrox this afternoon.

Goals from Ross McCrorie, Daniel Candeias and Josh Windass clinched a straightforward victory for the Light Blues.

Murty returned to the dugout against Hearts last weekend following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha and he made it two from two on derby day in Glasgow.

The interim Gers boss kept faith with the same starting line-up from the win over the Jambos as Bruno Alves had to settle for a spot on the bench as he returned from suspension.

It was Murty’s first game in charge here since the 6-0 victory over Hamilton in March and he would mark the occasion with another comfortable triumph.

Thistle had proven to be tricky opposition for Rangers at Firhill a few weeks ago but they never looked like causing an upset once McCrorie headed the Light Blues in front.

Rangers had created a couple of chances in the opening stages as Tomas Cerny saved well from Ryan Jack before the midfielder should have picked out Miller when he burst into the area.

The goal came just before the half hour and it was well deserved for Rangers as Miller and Candeias worked a short corner and McCrorie powered home a header from the Portuguese’s cross.

Miller could have made it two just minutes later but he couldn’t latch onto a terrific cross from James Tavernier as Thistle breathed a sigh of relief.

Rangers didn’t need to wait long to clinch the points, though. Jason Holt was able to go unchallenged from his own half into the Jags area before he was denied by Cerny.

But Candeias was on hand to convert into the empty net and all-but end Thistle’s hopes of taking a point back across Glasgow.

Just two minutes after the break, Rangers made it 3-0. Jordan Turnbull’s header fell to Josh Windass and the midfielder made no mistake as he slotted home.

It was going to be a long second half for Alan Archibald’s side and they could have been four behind before the hour. Candeias sprinted down the right and picked out Windass in the area but Miller couldn’t round off a fine move as he scooped his effort over the bar.

Thistle struggled to assert themselves in the match, with strikes from Ryan Edwards and Kris Doolan that were wide of target as close as they came to testing Wes Foderingham.

Murty introduced Niko Kranjcar in place of Windass as the Croatian made his return to action after several weeks out of action.

Doolan had another effort that was just wide of Foderingham’s post before Gary Fraser replaced Miles Storey. Edwards forced the Gers keeper into action but his strike from distance was easily held.

With the job done and the game won, the closing stages were a matter of game management for Rangers as they ensured they entered the international break on a positive footing.

Now, all eyes will be on the Ibrox board as they continue their search for Caixinha’s replacement ahead of the visit of Hamilton in a fortnight.