Rangers 2-1 Hibs recap: Late Nisbet goal sparks hope of comeback but Gers hold on
A late goal from Kevin Nisbet wasn’t enough to spark a comeback from Hibs as they went down 2-1 to Rangers at Ibrox.
Kemar Roofe had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half shortly before Joe Aribo volleyed the hosts in front on 20 minutes. Hibs went close to an equaliser through Martin Boyle, Nisbet, and Paul Hanlon but were unable to breach Allan McGregor’s goal.
The Light Blues started the second half strongly and Ryan Kent increased their lead on 62 minutes with a stunning strike from the edge of the area.
Nisbet gave Hibs hope with a headed goal 12 minutes from time after Ryan Porteous had seen a goal ruled out for a foul, but Steven Gerrard’s side held on for the three points.
The outcome means Hibs remain four points clear of Aberdeen in third place albeit with a far superior goal difference.
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Last updated: Sunday, 11 April, 2021, 15:31
- Hibs haven’t won at Ibrox since February 2018 when John McGinn and Jamie Maclaren were on target
- Last meeting was at Easter Road with Rangers recording a 1-0 win
- Hibs have lost just four of their last 17 away games
Hibs travel to Glasgow to face recently-crowned champions Rangers hoping to put more space between themselves and Aberdeen in the race for third. The Dons won 1-0 yesterday against St Johnstone and are now four points behind Hibs, although the Capital club have a far better goal difference.
Hibs haven’t won at Ibrox since February 2018 but their away record this season has been impressive and they will hope to add to that this afternoon.
Team news should be coming in about 1.45pm; join us for every kick of the ball from Ibrox from 3pm.
Just the one change for Hibs this afternoon
Marciano; McGinn, Porteous, Hanlon, Doig; Gogic, Irvine, Newell; Doidge, Nisbet, Boyle.
Subs: Macey, Gray, McGregor, Stevenson, Cadden, Hallberg, Magennis, Wright, Laidlaw.
Who is Laidlaw?
Maiden involvement with the first team for Ethan Laidlaw today. Here’s a quick rundown on the 16-year-old striker...
Anyway, onto the starting team and unless I’m reading *far* too much into Hibs’ team graphic on Twitter (and it has been known to happen), it looks like a 4-3-3 formation from Jack Ross today, possibly looking to match Rangers.
Of course, the versatility of the Hibs team means it could very easily become a 3-5-2 with Doig and Boyle as wingbacks.
Plenty of options on the bench (as per) with Magennis, Cadden, Hallberg all capable of making a difference.
Nearly time for kick-off
Rangers in their blue, white, and red home kit; Hibs in the all-yellow change kit.
Under way at Ibrox
We’re under way at Ibrox!
Looks like a back four for Hibs as thy maybe look to match Rangers man-for-man.
Newell does well to win the ball back and play in Doidge. The Welshman slips it across the box but there are no takers.
Goldson breathing a sigh of relief after his slack pass is picked up by Gogic but the Cypriot takes a heavy touch and Rangers win it back
Neither side giving an inch in the opening exchanges.
Kent puts the afterburners on down the left touchline but it comes to nothing
Offside flag up as Doidge looks to run on to a Newell through-ball
Goal for Rangers
Aribo beats Marciano from just outside the six-yard box. 1-0 to the hosts after 20 minutes, just moments after Roofe’s finish was ruled out for offside.
Boyle booked after going down in the box, which looks awfully harsh. Certainly wasn’t a penalty, and Boyle didn’t appeal, but Don Robertson is straight out with the card.
Boyle does well on the right flank but his low cross is straight at the legs of Barisic. Hibs win a corner.