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Hibernian 3-2 Rangers

Hibernian boosted their hopes of overhauling Falkirk for second place in the Championship with an exciting if error-strewn victory over Rangers.

The hosts were 2-0 ahead inside 20 minutes via Jason Cummings' 24th of the season and an own goal by bewildered Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.

Rangers pulled a goal back before half-time when Jason Holt punished a lapse from Hibs keeper Mark Oxley.

Niklas Gunnarsson's volley made it 3-1 before Barrie McKay's rocket late on.

That made for a nervy finish for a Hibs team that desperately needed the win as opposed to Rangers, who have already secured the title.

They saw it out, but only after Mark Oxley saved a Holt shot from close range, a moment that had the home fans beside themselves with worry.

Hibs are now just three points behind Falkirk in the chase for second in the Championship. They also have a game in hand over Peter Houston's side, although their goal difference (+19) is inferior to Falkirk's (+26).

In a dress rehearsal for the Scottish Cup final on 21 May, Rangers made just one change to the team that conquered Celtic at Hampden on Sunday - Michael O'Halloran coming in for Dean Shiels - but in every other way, for large parts of the night, they were a different team.

Foderingham fumbled Anthony Stokes' cross into his own net to gift Hibs their second
Foderingham fumbled Stokes' cross into his own net to gift Hibs their second

In the Scottish Cup semi-final they came up against a passive Celtic and out-played them. Here, they assumed that subdued, error-prone role themselves in the early moments. Hibs had an edge to them, a hunger to get into second place and avoid those two extra play-off games.

And inside five minutes they had the lead. The first of the defensive calamities came when Rangers fell asleep at a throw-in and Cummings galloped through their disorganised defence to smash the opening goal past Foderingham.

That was quickly followed by the second - and this was even softer with a touch of comedy added on top. Anthony Stokes put in a cross from the right and Foderingham lost the plot in trying to deal with it. Instead of catching it or putting it out for a corner, the goalkeeper pawed into his own net.

Things stated to get tricky for Hibs when Cummings was booked, correctly, for diving in an attempt to win a penalty. Three minutes later, their lead was halved when James Tavernier dinked a cross goalwards. Oxley, taking over from Conrad Logan, the big polar bear of Hampden, should have dealt with it, but he failed.

Niklas Gunnarsson smashes in Hibernian's third goal
Gunnarsson smashes in Hibernian's third goal

Oxley pawed it onto his crossbar but Holt buried the loose ball. It was now about Hibs' character. Last midweek, they lost a 2-0 lead to Falkirk in the dying minutes at Easter Road and the memory of it almost hung in the air above the home support.

Hibs, though, scored a third early on the resumption. Again, the Rangers defence was sluggish, failing to clear the danger after a corner met by Paul Hanlon and allowing Gunnarsson the freedom to wait for the ball to drop to him inside the box before rifling his shot past Foderingham.

The visitors pressed without joy until McKay's beauty from 25 yards set up that frenetic finish.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 27Gunnarsson
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 2Gray
  • 8FyvieBooked at 90mins
  • 6Bartley
  • 18McGinn
  • 16Stevenson
  • 28StokesSubstituted forDagnallat 89'minutes
  • 35CummingsBooked at 38minsSubstituted forKeatingsat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Henderson
  • 17Boyle
  • 19Keatings
  • 25Logan
  • 29Dagnall
  • 30Thomson

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Kiernan
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 6BallSubstituted forZelalemat 61'minutes
  • 29O'HalloranSubstituted forKingat 61'minutes
  • 16HallidayBooked at 44mins
  • 23Holt
  • 19McKayBooked at 90mins
  • 9MillerBooked at 27minsSubstituted forShielsat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Law
  • 8Zelalem
  • 14Clark
  • 17King
  • 22Shiels
  • 51McCrorie
  • 62Burt
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
12,231

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home5
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 3, Rangers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 3, Rangers 2.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mark Oxley.

Booking

Barrie McKay (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Barrie McKay (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).

Foul by Barrie McKay (Rangers).

Chris Dagnall (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Jason Holt (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Chris Dagnall replaces Anthony Stokes.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Rangers 2. Barrie McKay (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Billy King.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Billy King (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).

Hand ball by Billy King (Rangers).

Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Dean Shiels replaces Kenny Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Keatings replaces Jason Cummings.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by John McGinn.

Gedion Zelalem (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marvin Bartley (Hibernian).

Foul by Danny Wilson (Rangers).

Jason Cummings (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

Jason Cummings (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Billy King (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).

Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

Darren McGregor (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Billy King replaces Michael O'Halloran.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Gedion Zelalem replaces Dominic Ball.

Michael O'Halloran (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Rangers 1. Niklas Gunnarsson (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner following a corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Rob Kiernan.

Attempt missed. Jason Cummings (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

Rob Kiernan (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Hibernian).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 20th April 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers33254485305579
2Falkirk341812458322666
3Hibernian33196853341963
4Raith Rovers34177104944558
5Morton34119143941-242
6St Mirren34118154149-841
7Queen of Sth34116174353-1039
8Dumbarton3396183260-2833
9Livingston3377193547-1228
10Alloa3447232065-4519
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