GLASGOW, Jan 13 (Reuters) - New Rangers manager Walter Smith began his second spell at the club with an emphatic 5-0 home win over Dundee United on Saturday in the Scottish Premier League.
Charlie Adam lobbed a spectacular 40-metre opener in 23 minutes after United goalkeeper Derek Stillie raced out of his box to slide the ball away from Kris Boyd only for his clearance to land at the feet of the Rangers midfielder.
Chris Burke headed home an easy second in 36 minutes from three metres and Boyd rammed in the third from seven metres following a good run and low cross from Spanish forward Nacho Novo.
Boyd made it 4-0 with a close-range header from Adam's cross and captain Barry Ferguson rounded Stillie to slot home the fifth in 88 minutes for Rangers' biggest win of the season.
Rangers reduced the gap at the top of the SPL to 14 points, but leaders Celtic with 56 points from 23 games play at Hearts on Sunday. Third-placed Aberdeen drew 1-1 at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle and have 39 points.