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Summary

  1. Waghorn slips home Rangers' fourth
  2. Clark volley followed Holt brace for Rangers
  3. Cummings & Malonga net for Hibs
  4. Halliday sent off for Rangers
  5. Scottish Championship's top two meet
  6. Rangers started ahead on goal difference

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That's enough from me. Congratulations to Rangers on a thoroughly impressive display against their nearest challengers. I'm sure Hibs won't go away though and Falkirk remain in the hunt in a thrilling Championship race, so there will be a few more twists and turns to come.

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If you want to see the goals from today's cracker at Ibrox, you'll need to stay up late. Online highlights will be available on the BBC Sport website from midnight.

Jason Cummings' impudent opener is well worth seeing but there was not much else to cheer for Hibs as Rangers came storming back.

The action never stops at this time of year and we'll be back tomorrow for Ross County v Kilmarnock in the Premiership. That's a 19:45 kick-off up in Dingwall.

Martyn Waghorn was asked to play a wide role today but that didn't stop him taking his goal tally for the season to 21. The striker worked his socks off up and down the flank and still had the energy to race through and knock in the final goal just after Hibs had got back in the game. 

Martyn Waghorn
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For me, the red card is not the right decision. For big decisions you need to be 100% sure."

Mark WarburtonRangers manager

Our tempo and intensity was impressive right from the first whistle and it's a good three points for us."

Mark WarburtonRangers manager

I was looking forward to a real humdinger of a midfield battle today but, in truth, Rangers won all of the battles rather easily. Fraser Fyvie was the only player in green to show much fight or bite, while Nicky Law, Jason Holt and Barrie McKay all turned in excellent performances.

Andy Halliday also did a good job in the middle of the park but let himself down with a foolish red card. It wasn't a head-butt but there was no need to react in the way he did.

I thought we contributed to our own downfall, we didn't help ourselves. Nothing was going to be won or lost today, there is a long way to go."

Alan StubbsHibernian manager

It was a complete team performance from Rangers. They dominated Hibs all over the park."

Craig PatersonBBC Sportsound pundit

Rangers answered their critics in style with an emphatic response to some indifferent form. They were stronger, faster and hungrier than Hibs, by some distance.

The visitors scored first and somehow had a look in at 3-2 late in the game against 10 men but all the best players were in blue today.

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland at Ibrox

That was a meaty performance from Rangers. Loads of energy, edge, goals and pride. They answered every question today. 4-2 probably didn't do them much justice. Excellent response to recent wobbles."

Rangers go three points clear at the top of the Championship as they bring Hibs' 17-game unbeaten run to an end.

FULL-TIME Rangers 4-2 Hibernian

One last stramash? Wes Foderingham goes walkabout in his box as he chases a Liam Henderson cross but the Rangers keeper is in the right place to block Paul Hanlon's hooked shot.

Into stoppage-time now as Hibs plug away gamely but the packed Ibrox stands are in full swing with the sounds of celebration.

I was about to write game on but it's game over! It's another bad moment for Fraser Fyvie as Martyn Waghorn skips by him and then powers on to prod the ball past Mark Oxley at the keeper's near post.

GOAL Rangers 4-2 Hibernian (Waghorn)

Well, that is a really odd goal but Dominique Malonga and the small group of Hibs fans at Ibrox won't care about that. A high ball drops into the penalty area and Rangers keeper Wes Foderingham is hesitant, allowing the Hibs sub to head the ball in as he almost lies on the ground.

Malonga goal
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GOAL Rangers 3-2 Hibernian (Malonga)

Final five

Rangers have got five minutes to hold on...

Ten-man Rangers are sitting deeper and allowing Hibs more time on the ball but the visitors really don't look like conjuring up a grandstand finish.

Chance for Hibs here... Liam Henderson curls in a pacey free-kick and big Liam Fontaine is not quite quick enough to get anything on it at the back post.

Rangers full-back James Tavernier is still full of beans as he cuts inside and is upended by Dylan McGeouch. He gets up to take the free-kick but it's not one of his best efforts.

CLOSE!

Hibs threaten for the first time in the second half as a Lewis Stevenson cross is flicked on for Jason Cummings to take a touch then send a dipping volley over the bar.

Another change to report as defender Dominic Ball takes over from winger Barrie McKay. Operation shore-up begins for Rangers and Hibs defender Darren McGregor will be pleased to see the back of McKay.

Tempers are fraying as Fraser Fyvie is booked for a clumsy challenge on Rangers captain Lee Wallace.

Hibs make their last change as Martin Boyle comes on for John McGinn, who has had a poor game by his high standards. 

RED CARD

Lunacy from Andy Halliday... The Rangers midfielder reacts angrily as Fraser Fyvie clatters into him from behind. He has a wee kick out and then thrusts his shoulder and chest out at the Hibs man, who stumbles away clutching his face. He's off.

Rangers' Andy Halliday is sent off against Hibernian
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We still have 20 minutes to go at Ibrox but Hibs are looking a bit dejected here.

Hibs are sliced open again as Lee Wallace breaks into the penalty box to pick out Nicky Clark and the striker stabs a first-time effort over the bar, when he had time to take a touch.

The Rangers substitutes combine to give the hosts a two-goal cushion. Hibs are in a muddle as Dean Shiels lofts a nice pass in the direction of Nicky Clark, who feathers a neat touch beyond an exposed Mark Oxley.

Nicky Clark scores for Rangers against Hibernian
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GOAL Rangers 3-1 Hibernian (Clark)

Now Hibs make a switch and Dominique Malonga is on for James Keatings, who has scurried around to no great effect.

Nicky Law hasn't much football recently due to injury but he's made a difference to the Rangers midfield today. He's got muscle and bustle to go with a good touch.

A double-change for the hosts as Kenny Miller and Nicky Law trudge off to be replaced by Dean Shiels and Nicky Clark.

CLOSE!

Not for the first time, Barrie McKay takes Darren McGregor to the cleaners and drives to the byeline to pick out Kenny Miller. The Rangers striker can only shoot over the top from a very promising postition.

Martyn Waghorn barges Lewis Stevenson off the ball to speed into the box but the Rangers forward comes unstuck against a bigger opponent and it's his turn to be outmuscled.

Rangers break at pace, with Barrie McKay threading a great pass through for Kenny Miller but the veteran striker takes a stinker of a touch and the danger is gone.

Ouch!

Liam Henderson is booked for a very late sliding challenge on Rangers skipper Lee Wallace.

With Rangers pressing high, Hibs are forced to go long from the back and that's not going to work out very often with Jason Cummings and James Keatings up top.