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"Rangers continue to keep their foot on the throttle"
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Wednesday, 3 May, 2000, 21:12 GMT 22:12 UK
Showboat Rangers cruise to victory
Rangers' Rozental joined in with the carnival mood
Rangers 5-2 Hibernian

Rangers celebrated their recent championship success with a carnival display against a shell-shocked Hibernian.

First half goals from Barry Ferguson and Billy Dodds were added to by a Shaun Dennis own goal and a late brace from German Jorg Albertz.

Hibs' replies came from Kenny Miller and Dirk Lehmann in the second half.

With the title safely wrapped up, Rangers were playing a showboat style of football against a Hibs side whose hopes of reaching third spot and gaining an Uefa Cup place, were virtually shattered at Ibrox.

The away side were without key players Russell Latapy and Franck Sauzee, whose creativity in the middle of the park, was sorely missed.

Winning side

They should have taken the lead after two minutes, but Scotland Under-21 striker Kenny Miller scuffed his shot wide of Stefan Klos' goal.

Match facts
11: Ferguson fires Rangers into the lead
17: Dodds makes it two
47: Dennis blunders in an own goal
49: Miller strikes back for Hibs
Lehmann makes the scores 302
81: Albertz scores from the spot
87: Albertz cracker seals great win
Moments later Klos was tested, when Paul Hartley cut inside the Gers defence and fed the ball to forward Lehmann, who only managed to hit a tame effort at the Rangers 'keeper.

Hibs were left to rue their missed opportunities when Dutch midfielder Arthur Numan fed Ferguson, and his raking low shot defeated the reach of Nick Colgan.

And just six minutes later Chile international Seb Rozental pulled the ball back for striker Billy Doods to rifle home, giving Rangers a 2-0 lead after just 17 minutes.

The Ibrox faithful were treated to some impressive one touch football, with the highlight of the half coming from a move involving Tugay Kerimoglu and Ferguson, only to see the end product from Rozental loop over Colgan's bar.

Attempted clearance

Manager Dick Advocaat had told his title winning side that they were not allowed to take their foot off the pedal, until the season was over.

And after the interval it was clear to see that his players had heeded his words.

Two minutes into the second half, Hibs defender Dennis was unfortunate to see his attempted clearance from a Numan cross, crawl into his own goal.

But to the credit of the away side, they managed to pull one back when good work from Hartley allowed Miller to burst through and score.

Rangers went in search for more goals and it was quite a shock that Hibernian had brought the scores back to 3-2.

But with ten minutes remaining Albertz restored their two goal advantage with a penalty, after substitute Jonatan Johansson was felled in the area by the unlucky Dennis.

And the German was left to have the final say when he scored a trademark long-distance effort, three minutes before full time.


Rangers: Klos, Numan, Penttila, Vidmar, Reyna, Albertz, Ferguson, Kerimoglu, Kanchelskis, Rozental, Dodds. Subs: McCann, Johansson, Brown, Malcolm, Gibson.

Hibernian: Colgan, Collins, Hughes, Dennis, Renwick, Hartley, Lovell, Brebner, Murray, Lehmann, K. Miller. Subs: Phillips, McGinlay, McIntosh, Paatelainen, Jean.

Referee: Jim McCluskey (Scotland)

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