It's not often you hear of pundits in the mainstream English media talking up Scottish football.

However, Micah Richards has bucked that trend by lauding Todd Cantwell and James Tavernier for their contributions as Rangers went top of the Premiership yesterday.

The latter scored a double from the spot as Philippe Clement's side strolled to a 3-0 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park. Mohamed Diomande scored the opener for the visitors.

Those strikes by the captain took his goal tally for the club to 120, which places him level with John Greig as the joint-highest-scoring defender in the club's history.

The 32-year-old has 19 for the season, with Rangers now the hunted rather than the hunters in the title race with Celtic.

Ex-Manchester City Premier League title winner Richards spoke with England legends Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer on the Rest is Football Podcast.

And as well as Tav catching the eye of the pundit, Cantwell also earned praise.

“It was quite a good game," the 35-year-old said. "Cantwell is a player. He's got something. Tavernier, the right-back, has scored over 100 goals. I know he takes free-kicks and penalties but it is absolutely ridiculous."

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Meanwhile, Alfredo Morelos insists he will forever be an 'idol' at Rangers, but reckoned he had to leave because it was time for a change.

The Colombian striker netted his first goal for Santos last week to end a ten-month goalscoring drought, with his last goal coming for Rangers last April.

His move to Brazil turned into a disaster initially after Pele's old club were relegated for the first time in their 111-year history and he spent most of the relegation battle sidelined through injury.

But he insists he's turned the corner in an extensive interview in South America after admitting he loved his time at Ibrox.