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Rangers 1-1 Hibernian: Steven Gerrard's side held by Darren McGregor goal

Darren McGregor's late equaliser earned Hibernian a draw and prevented Rangers from moving to within a point of Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic.

Alfredo Morelos's 20th goal of the season had put Rangers in front, but they are now three points behind Celtic going into Saturday's Old Firm game.

Hibs' goalkeeper Adam Bogdan stopped a late Kyle Lafferty effort to secure the draw.

However, Hibs slipped to eighth before their weekend derby against Hearts.

With goal difference in their favour, Celtic will remain top of the league going into the winter break unless Rangers win by four goals or more at Ibrox.

Rangers suffered a first-half injury scare as defender Connor Goldson required treatment for an injury just before the break and he was replaced in the second half by Nikola Katic.

Hibs, who have won only two of their last 12 games, lost Lewis Stevenson to injury ahead of the visit of their city rivals on Saturday.

McGregor's central role on Ibrox return

Former Rangers defender McGregor found himself at the heart of the game's pivotal moments.

When a high ball upfield landed at McGregor, he sent his clearance straight to Daniel Candeias, and his header sent Morelos through on goal. The Colombian clipped the ball into the far corner of the net.

It was McGregor, too, who rose to contest a header with Goldson, who landed heavily and had to be helped from the field.

Although he returned to action after the break, Goldson looked to be moving cautiously and was replaced.

Rangers will rue Lassana Coulibaly failing to direct a header on target, and Hibs goalkeeper Bogdan saving in quick succession from Glenn Middleton and Ryan Jack.

Those missed opportunities paved the way for McGregor to equalise three minutes before the end, when the defender rose to send a powerful header past Allan McGregor from Sean Mackie's cross.

Rangers defender Connor Goldson
Rangers centre-back Connor Goldson is an injury doubt ahead of Saturday's Old Firm game

'We're too reliant on Alfredo' - reaction

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard: "I don't think we played particularly well but we got ourselves five minutes away from the finish line and could have come away with three points.

"We're reliant on Alfredo at the moment, too much. I've asked other people to stand up and be counted and opportunities did present themselves to kill the game off and we paid the price for that."

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon: "It would be a confidence booster at any time. To come here with Rangers in a title race and take points off them is important.

"They played so well at Easter Road last week and we played really well here today. The level of performance was a lot better."

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6GoldsonSubstituted forKaticat 61'minutes
  • 3Worrall
  • 16Halliday
  • 17McCrorie
  • 21Candeias
  • 23CoulibalySubstituted forRossiterat 85'minutes
  • 8Jack
  • 40MiddletonSubstituted forLaffertyat 85'minutes
  • 20Morelos

Substitutes

  • 5Wallace
  • 11Lafferty
  • 13Foderingham
  • 15Flanagan
  • 18Rossiter
  • 19Katic
  • 44Dallas

Hibernian

Formation 3-5-2

  • 31Bogdan
  • 25Ambrose
  • 24McGregor
  • 4Hanlon
  • 8Slivka
  • 10Boyle
  • 14MallanBooked at 54mins
  • 20HyndmanSubstituted forHorganat 66'minutes
  • 16StevensonSubstituted forMackieat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9MaclarenSubstituted forGrayat 70'minutes
  • 22Kamberi

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 3Whittaker
  • 7Horgan
  • 32Shaw
  • 41Dabrowski
  • 43Mackie
  • 47Gullan
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
49,885

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 1, Hibernian 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 1, Hibernian 1.

  3. Post update

    James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Sean Mackie (Hibernian).

  5. Booking

    Sean Mackie (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross McCrorie (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Adam Bogdan.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 1, Hibernian 1. Darren McGregor (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Sean Mackie.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

  10. Post update

    Efe Ambrose (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Jordan Rossiter replaces Lassana Coulibaly.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Kyle Lafferty replaces Glenn Middleton.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ross McCrorie (Rangers).

  14. Post update

    Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Glenn Middleton (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).

  17. Post update

    Efe Ambrose (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daryl Horgan (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  19. Post update

    Joe Worrall (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

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