SPL Roundup, Dec. 19

BY foxsports • December 19, 2009

Rangers scored five second-half goals to rout Motherwell 6-1 on Saturday in the Scottish Premier League.

Rangers striker Kenny Miller opened the scoring after five minutes when he curled a shot past the goalkeeper from 25 meters.

His side dominated the rest of the first half but had to wait until the second half for its second goal, which arrived with Kris Boyd's close range finish in the 53rd minute.

Miller added the third in the 58th when he fired in with his left foot from a tight angle, his fourth goal in the last two games.

Shaun Hutchinson scored a consolation goal for Motherwell in the 67th, before two goals from Kyle Lafferty and one from DaMarcus Beasley ensured Rangers' third straight win.

Rangers leads the standings with 37 points. Second-place Celtic is four points behind but can close the gap when it plays at Hearts on Sunday.

Also Saturday, Falkirk won at Kilmarnock 2-1, Hibernian won at Aberdeen 2-0 and St. Johnstone beat St. Mirren 1-0.

The game between Hamilton and Dundee United was one of 12 in Scotland postponed on Saturday because of a frozen pitch.