Rangers manager Mark Warburton has paid tribute to midfielder Gedion Zelalem following his performance in a 4-0 cup win over St Mirren today.

Warburton named Zelalem, who is on loan from Arsenal, in the side for the Scottish Challenge Cup semi-final encounter and was not disappointed with what he saw from the 18-year-old.

Rangers took the lead through Jason Holt in the 34th minute, but had to wait to go further ahead. Kenny Miller struck in the 77th minute to double the Gers' advantage.

And Martyn Waghorn then made it three with a strike in the 84th minute.

The victory was capped off by Dean Shiels, who scored via a deflected shot at the death.


Zelalem clocked up all 90 minutes in the middle of the park and his was one of a whole host of performances which impressed Warburton.

"All over the park I thought we had good performances", Warburton told Rangers TV.

"Gedion again, full of energy; very unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet.

"So there were a lot of pleasing performances and delighted with the result."

Rangers now must wait to play the final of the Scottish Challenge Cup, as their tie against Peterhead is not scheduled to take place until April.