Hibs Under-20s were held to a 0-0 draw by Rangers at East Mains yesterday.
While the stalemate denied James McDonaugh’s youngsters the chance to leapfrog their opponents into top spot in the SPFL Under-20 League, it was enough to keep them firmly in the hunt for the title and just two points off the summit.
The best chance of the game fell to the hosts, with Alex Harris heading wide in the first half from an Abdellah Zoubir cross.
Hibs midfielder Owain Tudur Jones, on the comeback trail following a hamstring injury, made his first appearance since early January and the Welshman picked up a booking early on for a robust challenge.
Despite the caution, the former Inverness player helped to quell Rangers’ early attacking threat.
Hibs gradually fought back into the game and gained control of the midfield before spurning the best chance of the game as Harris powered a header wide following good work from Zoubir.
In a livelier second half, DannyHandling tested Scott Gallacher, with the goalkeeper pushing the ball out wide where Jason Cummings collected, but the forward could not hit the target with the follow-up on 58 minutes. Five minutes later Max Todd, who had come on as a substitute moments earlier, hit the the crossbar from just inside the box.
Scott Roberts then drew a save from Hibs keeper Paul Grant, who turned his long-range drive round the post. Harris then forced Gallacher into a save before Robert Wilson put the rebound over the bar in the last chance of the game.
Hibs Under-20s: Grant, Black, Baptie, Smith (Martin 81), Maybury (Wilson 60), Gardiner, Harris, Jones, Cummings, Handling (Todd 60), Zoubir. Unused substitutes: Horne, Dunsmore, Crane, Beaton.