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Summary

  1. FT: Rangers 1-3 Hibernian (Law; Cummings 2, Gray)
  2. Rangers remain six points behind leaders Hearts
  3. Only Hibs' third Championship win of season
  4. Rangers say second, Hibs now up to fifth

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for your company tonight as Hibs shocked many people's pre-season Scottish Championship Rangers (not mine, I tipped Hearts!) at Ibrox to put themselves back into the promotion hunt. Join us again tomorrow night for the Scottish Premiership game between Aberdeen and St Mirren at Pittodrie. Bye for now.

Lewis Stevenson and Jordon Forster celebrate at the final whistle.
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Hibs defenders Lewis Stevenson and Jordon Forster could celebrate at the final whistle at Ibrox.

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Stewart Syme: "Heard that Question Of Sport are looking for temporary captaincy replacements at present - is 'Super Ally' available perhaps?"

Jack Kennedy: "Irony - Hibs' best result for yonks being an even better one for their fiercest rivals. Now six points clear."

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Tom Watson: "The second-half performance by Hibs was even more impressive than the first. At long last, composure, maturity & resolve." Glad to see you staying behind to watch the Hibees and not dwelling too much on that Ryder Cup defeat Tom ;-)

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs on BBC Radio Scotland

"I have always believed in the players. They have shown these performances but not got the result.

"When it comes off, it's nice. The players have taken the knocks and perhaps deserve it, but now they deserve the credit.

"It's hard to single anyone out after a performance like this as they all gave their all.

"The way I am, every game is a must-win and it's only three points.

"There's a long way to go, but it puts us in amongst them and can have a big bearing on what can happen."

Victory catapults Hibs from ninth place to fifth above Dumbarton. Alan Stubbs' side might now be 10 points behind leaders Hearts, but at least they have not lost further ground on their Edinburgh rivals and are back in the mix for the play-off places if not the title itself.

That defeat leaves Rangers six points behind Scottish Championship leaders Hearts. Some bookmakers have, as a result, put the Edinburgh side odds-on to win the title. They might be jumping the gun a bit, but it confirms my pre-season feeling that the Ibrox side were anything but clear favourites to top the table by the end of the season.

Hibs wing-back Lewis Stevenson on BBC Radio Scotland

"I enjoyed the first half. The second half, it was a bit backs to the wall.

"But we defended well. The central defenders were outstanding.

"We need to do that more often. If we play like that every week, we'll win more often than not."

Craig Paterson

BBC Radio Scotland pundit at Ibrox

"You've got to use a result like this and build on it. Hibs have been losing games they should have been winning. This must give everybody at the club a real lift. I am delighted for Alan Stubbs. He tried a system and it wasn't working, but he's changed it in the last couple of games and it's worked."

Hibs secure a deserved three points. The Edinburgh side were clinical on the break against a fairly toothless Rangers side devoid of ideas.

FULL-TIME

Rangers 1-3 Hibernian

Fraser Aird (I almost forgot he had come on for Rangers) sends in a dangerous cross that goes close to going straight into the Hibs net at the far post.

Alex Harris gives Rangers another nervous moment with a flashing drive that rises only a few feet over the crossbar from 20 yards.

Rangers are pressing and Darren McGregor heads powerfully towards goal as he rises to meet a corner, but the defender's downward effort is saved on the line by goalkeeper Mark Oxley.

Alex Harris impressively races clear of the Rangers defence and the substitute has a great chance to finish the game for Hibs. However, the midfielder's weak attempt is blocked by goalkeeper Steve Simonsen.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Kris Boyd stoops to head into the far corner of the net from eight yards from an in-swinging David Templeton cross. However, there's no goal as he is flagged rightly for offside.

It's the Hibs fans who are making most of the noise at Ibrox with six minutes left.

Alex Harris, whose light has somewhat faded after an impressive start to his Hibs career, comes on to replace two-goal Jason Cummings as manager Alan Stubbs looks to flood the midfield and take the sting out of the game.

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Robert: "Time for Ally McCoist to get the sack. He is clueless."

The official attendance is 31,619 at Ibrox. Pretty good for a second-tier fixture in Scotland, although Rangers did manage better in the two leagues below before the latest fan protests against the current board.

Nicky Law punches the air after scoring Rangers' goal
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Nicky Law hauled Rangers back into the game with his goal shortly after the break.

Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen saves low and well at his near post as slack play from Lee McCulloch hands Callum Booth a shooting chance from 20 yards.

Ian Black's curling free-kick is punched away nervously off the line by Hibs goalkeeper Mark Oxley and Rangers concede a foul in the penalty-box melee that follows.

Stevie Smith makes way for David Templeton, so often used to good effect by Rangers as an impact player from the bench. Can the former Hearts winger come back to haunt the Tynecastle club's Edinburgh rivals? Well, he immediately wins a free-kick off Lewis Stevenson after jinking run.

Hibs have managed to stem the Rangers tide and Ibrox is a tad subdued again.

YELLOW CARD

Hibs substitute Callum Booth is next to pick up an unfortunate booking as he attempts to stop the ball going for a Rangers goal-kick and clatters Darren McGregor.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is relying on the heavy mob to rescue the game as he brings on Jon Daly up front beside Kris Boyd and withdraws the anonymous Dean Shiels.

Jordon Forster misses a great chance to restore Hibs' three-goal advantage. The big defender comes flying in at the back post but somehow misses the target with his header from 10 yards.

YELLOW CARD

Rangers' Darren McGregor, who looks out of sorts as a right-back rather than at centre-half, where he was so impressive with St Mirren, is unfortunate to pick up a booking for a late challenge on Callum Booth.

Craig Paterson

BBC Radio Scotland pundit at Ibrox

"The goal has put a completely different complexion on the game. Suddenly, Rangers are winning all the 50-50s and the crosses that were aimless previously are now on the button. Hibs' problem is, they are not used to winning."

GOAL

Rangers 1-3 Hibernian (Nicky Law)

Game on at Ibrox. A corner falls to Nicky Law and the English midfielder's beautiful half-volley from 16 yards beats the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Mark Oxley via a deflection off a home head.

Rangers' Ian Black and Dean Shiels look shell-shocked
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Rangers' Ian Black and Dean Shiels looked shell-shocked

Rangers are fortunate not to concede more than a corner as Lee McCulloch looks to drag the ball behind with his arm as he slides into a challenge on Dominique Malonga. Conceding a penalty would have probably seen the rows of seats empty even further at Ibrox.

Fraser Aird has come on for the hapless Arnold Peralta as Rangers manager Ally McCoist looks to the young winger to inspire an unlikely comeback.

Defender Callum Booth has come on for Hibs goalscorer David Gray at half-time. A bit of a surprise there as we were expecting Paul Hanlon to stay in the dressing-room after picking up a bloodied nose during the first half.

KICK-OFF

Rangers 0-3 Hibernian

Hibs kick-off. Can they hold on to this healthy lead and effectively kick-start their season and promotion challenge?

I have only seen Hibs live twice this season, both times at Ibrox and both times they have played well. Second time round they seem destined for victory. What's happened in between?

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Gustavo Fring: "Give Hibs some credit and stop banging on about Rangers!" To be fair, Chick is presently waxing lyrical about the Hibs performance, and midfielder Scott Allan in particular, on BBC Radio Scotland.

Chick Young

BBC Sport at Ibrox

"Bilel Mohsni has been a disgrace for Rangers in that first half. I cannot believe what he was doing, asking the fans to get behind the team after that performance."

David Gray heads Hibs into a two-goal lead
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David Gray headed Hibs into a two-goal lead at Ibrox.