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Rangers 4-2 Hibernian

By Tom EnglishBBC Scotland at Ibrox

Rangers moved three points clear at the Championship summit with a thunderous win over nearest rivals Hibernian.

The visitors' saw their 17-match unbeaten run come to an end despite taking the lead through Jason Cummings.

Jason Holt scored twice for Rangers before the break and substitute Nicky Clark added a third in the second half.

The hosts had Andy Halliday dismissed and Dominique Malonga's goal threatened an improbable comeback but Martyn Waghorn's solo goal settled it.

Rangers find right response

Rangers had an edge to them and a menace in attack that Hibs could not deal with. There was a hunger about their performance and a strength of character in the wake of that early blow by Cummings.

When Liam Henderson's blocked shot fell at the feet of Cummings, the striker showed what a cool customer he is by calmly scooping the ball over the advancing Wes Foderingham.

Jason Cummings scores for Hibernian against Rangers
Cummings' stylish chip put Hibs ahead

In that moment fans wondered what Rangers would find - and the answer was emphatic. They pushed Hibs back and trapped them in their own half. When it came, the equaliser was both clinical and deserved.

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Fraser Fyvie lost possession and Rangers reacted in a blue blur - Martyn Waghorn rolling his pass into Holt's path for the midfielder to rifle home a precise finish.

Rangers continued their near monopoly of the ball and went ahead just before the break, Holt's shot deflecting off Paul Hanlon's boot and past Mark Oxley.

There was an element of luck but Hibs had allowed the situation to develop with slack concentration in picking up the dangerous Holt.

Defensive woes for Hibs

What was looking like an impressive victory threatened to become a rout when Rangers scored a third just after the hour.

Dean Shiels and Nicky Clark were not long on the pitch as substitutes when the former set up the latter to send Ibrox into raptures.

Again the Hibs defence went missing but Shiels' ball to Clark was a delight and Clark flicked his volley low past Oxley.

Nicky Clark scores for Rangers against Hibernian
Clark's delicate volley was a crucial moment in the match

The blot on the Ibrox landscape was a red card for Halliday, who had been a key player for them all afternoon. He reacted badly to the aggressive Fraser Fyvie and walked as a consequence.

His loss impacted on Rangers near the end when substitute Malonga poked home inside the six-yard box after desperate indecision from Foderingham and his defenders.

But the excellent Waghorn slalomed his way into the Hibs penalty to score his 21st goal of the season at the end - the last act of a pulsating occasion in front of almost 50,000 supporters.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 25Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 4KiernanBooked at 90mins
  • 27Wilson
  • 5Wallace
  • 23Holt
  • 16HallidayBooked at 70mins
  • 7LawSubstituted forClarkat 62'minutes
  • 33Waghorn
  • 9MillerSubstituted forShielsat 62'minutes
  • 19McKaySubstituted forBallat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Ball
  • 8Zelalem
  • 10Oduwa
  • 14Clark
  • 22Shiels
  • 32Kelly
  • 45Thompson

Hibernian

  • 1Oxley
  • 2GraySubstituted forFontaineat 45'minutes
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 10McGeouch
  • 8FyvieBooked at 73mins
  • 18McGinnSubstituted forBoyleat 71'minutes
  • 3HendersonBooked at 55mins
  • 19KeatingsSubstituted forMalongaat 63'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 35Cummings

Substitutes

  • 5Fontaine
  • 6Bartley
  • 7Malonga
  • 17Boyle
  • 20Feruz
  • 22Anier
  • 31Reguero
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
49,995

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home14
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 4, Hibernian 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 4, Hibernian 2.

  3. Post update

    Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Hibernian).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Booking

    Rob Kiernan (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 4, Hibernian 2. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Tavernier.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicky Clark (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Jason Holt (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Martin Boyle (Hibernian).

  13. Booking

    Dominique Malonga (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Dominique Malonga (Hibernian).

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 3, Hibernian 2. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fraser Fyvie.

  17. Post update

    Jason Holt (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

  20. Post update

    Lee Wallace (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 28th December 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers18142251153644
2Hibernian18132332151741
3Falkirk18115233151838
4Raith Rovers178362223-127
5Morton186661920-124
6Queen of Sth186481827-922
7Dumbarton1953111833-1518
8Livingston1843112226-415
9St Mirren183691728-1115
10Alloa182214838-308
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