Rangers need just one point to hit the century mark and complete an invincible league season after strolling to victory over Livingston in their penultimate Scottish Premiership fixture.

Steven Gerrard’s men brushed aside the Lothian Lions to move onto 99 points ahead of Saturday’s trophy day against Aberdeen Ibrox.

Skipper James Tavernier set Gers on their way with his 19th of the season from the penalty spot late in the first half before Ryan Kent and Ianis Hagi netted in the second 45 minutes for a comfortable 3-0 win.

Rangers were impressive but early on it looked like a typical end of season encounter and Livingston had the best chance to open the scoring and it was Jay Emmanuel-Thomas who created the opportunity.

The former Arsenal kid proved a real handful and he rolled Jack Simpson before sending a ball through for Josh Mullin but Jon McLaughlin raced out to make the save.

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Ex-Bournemouth stopper Simpson was finding JET - set to depart the west Lothian club in the summer - a tough physical customer and was booked for a foul on the striker moments later.

Alfredo Morelos followed him into Don Robertson’s book for taking out Jackson Longridge before Hagi went close for the visitors, sending a shot inches wide after Morelos set him up.

But Hagi played a pivotal role in the deadlock being broken after he won the penalty for the Light Blues to take the lead.

It was brilliant play by Kemar Roofe to flick the ball through to the £4 million former Genk man who just beat Livi keeper Max Stryjek to the ball and the Pole sent him flying.

Robertson pointed to the spot and up stepped skipper Tavernier who made no mistake with a brilliant conversion from the spot.

Gers souled their advantage just short of the hour - and after the visiting fans had let off 55th fireworks - as Kent got on the scoresheet.

It started with a wonderful Tavernier ball to pick out the former Liverpool man and he played a one-two with Morelos in the box before supplying the close range finish.

Livingston looked dead and buried after that but could have cut the deficit in half with Scott Pittman’s effort from the edge of the box hitting the crossbar.

If the midfielder was unlucky then Jaze Kabia should have done much better when they hit the woodwork again with the Irishman sending his effort off the post when Nicky Devlin’s cross broke to him when it looked easier to score.

And they were punished for that profligacy when Hagi added a third late on with substitute Cedric Itten setting up the Romanian.

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Eyes on the prize

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - MAY 12: Ryan Kent celebrates his goal to make it 2-0 during the Scottish Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at the Tony Macaroni Arena on May 12, 2021, in Livingston, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)

Rangers could have taken their eye off the ball with just two games of this historic season left but showed they are desperate to put the icing on the cake by achieving they final two goals.

Steven Gerrard’s men produced an impressive display in their penultimate fixture a ground where they have struggled in the past - with skipper James Tavernier looking back to his best and youngster Leon King handed his first league appearance as a late substitute.

And now they are just one hurdle away from completing the league campaign unbeaten and a point away from hitting the century mark.

That means it all comes down to Saturday’s trophy day party against Aberdeen at Ibrox and 90 minutes to make it a dream league campaign.

Shoot-out with Saints for fifth

Livingston face two-time cup finalists St Johnstone on Saturday in what will be a cup final of their own with fifth place up grabs.

The pair are locked on 44 points with the Perth side having the slightly better goal difference so David Martindale’s need the win to to clinch that Europa Conference League place through the league.

Livingston were last in Europe 18 years ago when they lost an epic tie 8-6 on aggregate against Sturm Graz after beating Liechtenstein minnows Vaduz on their European debut in the previous round.

However, even if Livi secure fifth there is still doubt over them participating in Europe due to insufficient youth system and lack of published accounts which might see them failing to meet UEFA criteria.

Jury out on Jack

It’s still early days for Jack Simpson but in the harsh world of the Old Firm people are always quick to judge - and it’s fair to say the jury is out on the stopper.

At 24-years-old the former Bournemouth man can’t really be considered a youngster but it is a step from the Cherries.

He struggled to cope with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and was booked in the first half for a foul on the bustling striker.

Simpson has had moments where he has been suspect in games but the idea of bringing him in early was to help him find his feet.

But the central defensive area is one where there will be plenty of competition and on the early evidence there is nothing to suggest that he would necessarily be a better option than George Edmundson, who will return from his loan spell at Derby County.