Three takeaways from Hibs' 3-0 defeat by Rangers

Analysis from Easter Road as Jack Ross's ten-man side are well beaten by their visitors from Glasgow

Friday, 20th December 2019, 10:17 pm
Updated Friday, 20th December 2019, 10:22 pm
Martin Boyle removes a vodka bottle thrown by a Hibs fan towards Rangers' Borna Barisic.
Martin Boyle removes a vodka bottle thrown by a Hibs fan towards Rangers' Borna Barisic.

Jeepers keepers

Ofir Marciano was a surprise starter after recovering from the injury that forced him off against Celtic on Sunday but the keeper had a night to forget as his goal-costing error, when he allowed a routine clearance to be charged down in his six-yard box, set the tone for Hibs' defeat and handed the initiative to Rangers. The highly-regarded Israeli, who has already been dropped this season, will hope this proves to be a one-off aberration. As an aside, Adam Bogdan was on the bench for the first time since returning on a short-term deal, with Chris Maxwell, the No.1 for a large chunk of the season, not involved at all.

Porto's rashness

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Almost a year ago to the night, in the same fixture, Ryan Porteous was admonished by his then-manager Neil Lennon for a wild tackle on Rangers' Lassana Coulibaly which should have brought a red card. He escaped that night with just a booking but there was no hiding place this time as Porteous was given a straight red for a reckless tackle on Borna Barisic in an area of the pitch where there was no need for such an aggressive lunge. The youngster is clearly a promising defender but his progress is being undermined by a lingering rashness which has now brought him two red cards this season and will cost him his place for the next two matches.

Pre-derby blow

A few weeks ago, Hibs looked likely to be going into the Boxing Day Edinburgh derby with the wind in their sails. That now won't be the case after back-to-back defeats by the Old Firm in which they have failed to score a goal. Hearts clearly won't present the same quality of opposition as either Celtic or Rangers have done over the past week, but it is far from ideal for Hibs to be heading into the lion's den on the back of a run of three defeats in four games and one win in five.