The tricky second album or just a slow burner with promise of further fresh hits to come?

Rangers were back at Ibrox on Saturday to unveil the follow-up to last season’s chart-topper.

It started with a bang, the tempo dropped in the middle but finished off with an almighty crescendo.

The Stone Roses may have struggled to find their groove on the Second Coming but the signs are Steven Gerrard ’s invincibles are tuning up for another campaign where they storm to No.1.

There may have been a few bum notes after Ianis Hagi was forced off injured but there was never any danger of Livingston drowning out Gers’ sweet sound as the curtain opened for the campaign.

The champions have even added a new backing choir after last term’s silent disco. The 23,000 fans in attendance did their best to crank the noise all the way up to 11 despite Ibrox being only half full.

And their side responded, with Hagi smashing home the opener with all the force of a Les Paul being thrown through a speaker.

Livi new boy James Penrice was supposed to be keeping tabs on the Romanian at the back post but when he took his eyes off Rangers’ chief conductor, it proved a fatal mistake.

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With a tap of his left foot both Penrice and Scott Pittman were given the slip and Hagi fired into the roof of the net to get Ibrox rocking just eight minutes in.

Gerrard admitted his team lost their way for a spell after Hagi was forced off following a late lunge from Adam Lewis that now leaves the playmaker facing a race to be fit for tomorrow’s Champions League clash in Malmo.

But when Jaze Kabia also limped off after a collision with Glen Kamara, Davie Martindale – who had already thrown on his three
subs – found his team down to 10.

And the Lions were soon out of contention completely as Scott Wright took centre stage, with the kid boasting the boy band looks fizzing home a sublime right-foot smash hit with 12 minutes left.

The signs are the former Aberdeen winger is ready to go to the next
level after using the second half of last season following his Pittodrie switch to settle in at Ibrox.

And that will be music to the ears of Gerrard, especially if Hagi is ruled out of action against Jon Dahl Tomasson’s Sky Blues.

Kemar Roofe struck the final note, blasting home after a stoppage-time scramble in the box, as Gers notched yet another new hit record.

They’ve now gone 40 Premiership matches without defeat, including a club best 20 at home. There will be tougher audiences to win over in the weeks ahead, starting at the Eleda Stadion tomorrow.

Malmo are halfway through their campaign and have suffered just two defeats from 15 games. They may have squeezed past HJK Helsinki in the previous round but the Swedes’ record against Scottish opposition proves they are no one-hit wonders. Steven Davis knows what it is like to fall off the main stage against Malmo. He and Allan McGregor, who was rested on Saturday as Jon McLaughlin took over, were part of Ally McCoist’s team when Gers crashed out of the Champions League to the Swedes in 2011.

Back then, Rangers were listing towards disaster off the field but it is a much different story now as Gerrard’s team look to build
on last season’s successes.

Davis said: “It is always important to get off to a good start, especially here at home. Three goals and a clean sheet, it’s a fantastic start.

“There were periods in the game when we were maybe a little bit sloppy and we could have been a bit more patient with the ball. Overall we are delighted to get off to a good start.

“I thought that part of the game was excellent, counter-pressing in terms of limiting them to the attacks they had.

“Our overall control of the game was good and I was delighted to get some goals towards the end as well.

“Scotty’s was a fantastic finish and we could maybe have had one or two more with a bit more quality.”

On the Malmo game, he added: “It is a great challenge for us but we are well prepared.

“We’re off to a good start, we will recover and get ready for Tuesday. We know how important it is for everyone at the club.”

Wright stole the show with his performance off the bench after replacing Hagi but Davis is also enjoying his new partnership in midfield with John Lundstram.

Davis told Rangers TV : “Since Scott has come in, he has been a ball of energy and brought something different to the squad.

“I was delighted for him to come on and make an impact, obviously in unfortunate circumstances with Ianis’ injury. Hopefully he is OK and the squad will be looking strong for the game in midweek.

“John has also settled in really well. He’s a top quality player. The midfield is a strong area for the team.

“Whenever you get an opportunity to play, you have to do your best and keep that shirt. That is good for the club moving forward.”