Scottish Challenge Cup
Hibernian2Rangers6

Hibernian 2-6 Rangers

Andy Halliday (centre) was one of a number of summer signings to make an impact on their Rangers debut
Andy Halliday (centre) was one of a number of summer signings to make an impact on their Rangers debut
  • Waghorn and Miller net doubles
  • Halliday and Tavernier also on target
  • Stanton and Cummings net for Hibs
  • Rangers into second round of Challenge Cup

Rangers scored six as Mark Warburton's first competitive match in charge ended with an emphatic Challenge Cup first-round victory over Hibernian.

Sam Stanton's left-foot shot from distance gave Hibs the lead, but James Tavernier's free-kick and a Martyn Waghorn double put Rangers in charge.

Jason Cummings pulled one back with a penalty only for Andy Halliday to find the top corner from outside the box.

Substitute Kenny Miller added two more from close range to complete the rout.

Promotion from the Scottish Championship is the priority for both teams, but the nature of the victory will encourage Warburton, with seven new signings in his starting line-up and three debutants scoring.

The two sides are expected to be engaged in a season-long tussle as they strive to return to Scotland's top flight, but both managers would have wanted to start the campaign positively.

New signing Martyn Waghorn put Rangers ahead before half-time
New signing Martyn Waghorn put Rangers ahead before half-time

The rivalry already had an edge because of Rangers' pursuit of the Hibs playmaker Scott Allan.

The midfielder had been the focus of attention leading up to the game, with Rangers having had two bids rejected and the player keen to move to Ibrox. The storyline was sidetracked for the game itself, though, with Hibs manager Alan Stubbs only naming Allan on the bench.

Hibs did not initially seem diminished without him and they carried the greater threat in the opening half hour, particularly with Cummings spinning into space behind the visiting defence.

Dominique Malonga ought to have opened the scoring, but side-footed over from the centre of the Rangers penalty area.

Stanton was more accurate from further out, though, and his strike from 20 yards flew past goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.

Rangers were neat and tidy in possession but lacked penetration, with their wide players peripheral and central midfielders lacking assertiveness.

It took a moment of individual aplomb for the team to regroup, with Tavernier sweeping a free-kick into the top corner from the left edge of the penalty area.

Moments later, the full-back impressed again as he slipped a pass through for Jason Holt, whose cross was converted from close range by Waghorn.

The goals changed the dynamic of the match and Waghorn struck again just after the interval, his shot bouncing into the net off Hibs goalkeeper Mark Oxley.

Allan eventually joined the game, in the 54th minute, to loud cheers from both sets of fans.

There was some hope for the home side when Barrie McKay was judged to have tripped Cummings inside the area, and the Hibs striker converted the penalty.

Rangers were unflustered, though, and Halliday curled an excellent shot in off the underside of the bar just two minutes later.

The debutants had made an impact, but the old guard of the squad were not to be bowed, and Miller struck twice from close range following crosses by Nicky Clark and McKay.

Allan's future has yet to be resolved, and it is too early for judgements to be made, but Rangers made a bold opening statement.

Sam Stanton gave Hibernian an early lead
Sam Stanton gave Hibernian an early lead
James Tavernier levelled with a free-kick into the top corner
James Tavernier levelled with a free-kick into the top corner
Martyn Waghorn scores for Rangers against Hibernian
Waghorn scored the second of his two goals early in the second half
Scott Allan, a target of Rangers, started on the bench for Hibs
Scott Allan, a Rangers target, started on the bench for Hibs
Jason Cummings scores for Hibernian against Rangers
Cummings gave Hibs hope with a penalty
Nicky Clark and Kenny Miller
A double from Miller after Halliday's strike gave Rangers an emphatic win

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 5Fontaine
  • 4Hanlon
  • 23ForsterSubstituted forAllanat 53'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 2Gray
  • 48Martin
  • 8FyvieBooked at 84mins
  • 11Stanton
  • 16Stevenson
  • 35Cummings
  • 7MalongaSubstituted forAllanat 24'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Allan
  • 31Reguero
  • 33Harris
  • 42Dunsmore
  • 43Crane
  • 44Sinclair
  • 49Allan

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4Kiernan
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 19McKayBooked at 59mins
  • 16Halliday
  • 23HoltSubstituted forShielsat 61'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 11TempletonSubstituted forMillerat 62'minutes
  • 7Law
  • 33WaghornSubstituted forClarkat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3McGregor
  • 9Miller
  • 14Clark
  • 20Aird
  • 22Shiels
  • 32Kelly
  • 45Thompson
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
11,225

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away18

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