St Mirren paid the penalty, literally on Saturday at Ibrox, when Rangers scored three of the four penalties they were awarded as they swept away St Mirren who are now entrenched at the foot on the Premiership. Meanwhile, Rangers move to within three points of Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.
Rangers’ James Tavernier scored after three minutes, but his second spot kick struck the outside of a post. The Rangers captain made amends with a third penalty after the break.
Tavernier passed up the chance of a hat-trick as Jermain Defoe scored Rangers fourth spot-kick before Defoe set up Ryan Kent for a fine finish.
The win was enough to take Steven Gerrard’s side closer to city rivals Celtic, who play St Johnstone on Sunday 3 February at lunchtime.
St Mirren manager Oran Kearney commented: “We just kept getting things thrown at us. I suppose it is human nature to think, ‘god, how are we ever going to get something out of this?’ But there is one definite penalty, the first, and three that aren’t.”