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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 August, 2004, 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK
Rangers 4-1 Hibernian
Rangers moved to the top of the SPL with a victory over Hibs.

The home side took the lead early on thanks to a close-range header from Shota Arveladze and Dado Prso headed a second shortly afterwards.

Hibs pulled a goal back before the break through Gary Caldwell, who dived to force the ball past Stefan Klos.

But Jean-Alain Boumsong headed Rangers' third with just over half-an-hour to go and then Peter Lovenkrands crashed a late fourth past Simon Brown.

Rangers took the lead with their first shot on goal after 11 minutes.

Gregory Vignal's free kick found the run of Prso behind the Hibs defence and the striker picked out Arveladze at the back post allowing the Georgian to head into the net from inside the six-yard box.

Prso doubled the lead four minutes later when he rose to meet a Fernando Ricksen cross from deep on the right to head across goal and beyond the reach of Simon Brown.

Vignal then fired a great chance across goal and wide as the Hibs defence struggled to cope and Brown had to scramble a Prso header round the post.

Arveladze takes the congratulations of Novo and Prso
Arveladze takes the congratulations of Novo and Prso
But there was a sign of things to come when Stefan Klos pulled off a fine save to deny Dean Shiels and, from the corner, Garry O'Connor and Shiels again had shots blocked on the line.

The goal eventually came for Hibs 10 minutes before the break when Caldwell forced the ball home from a Shiels corner, diving low to head past Klos.

Caldwell then saved his side at the other end with a goal-line clearance to deny Prso, who had been allowed to bustle his way into the box and fire past goalkeeper Brown from a slip by David Murphy.

Arveladze then sent a header just wide as Rangers attempted to restore their two-goal lead.

Hibs came close to an equaliser in the 56th minute when Klos made a fine block from Guillaume Beuzelin.

Minutes later, Boumsong got his first Rangers goal when he headed a Vignal corner past Brown.

Dragan Mladenovic replaced Stephen Hughes for his debut in the 64th minute and his foul on Stephen Glass led to Klos tipping a long-range Derek Riordan free kick over the bar.

Rangers were still looking to add to their lead and when Brown could only parry a long-range effort from Ricksen, Novo put the rebound over.

Rae hit a post from just outside the box with seven minutes remaining before Lovenkrands made it 4-1 with a crashing left-foot finish.

Rangers: Klos, Ricksen, Khizanishvili, Boumsong, Vignal (Vanoli 80), Arveladze, Alex Rae, Hughes (Mladenovic 63), Lovenkrands, Novo, Prso (Thompson 72). Subs Not Used: Graeme Smith, Hutton, Adam, McCormack.

Booked: Alex Rae, Novo, Vignal.

Goals: Arveladze 11, Prso 15, Boumsong 58, Lovenkrands 84.

Hibernian: Simon Brown, Whittaker, Caldwell, Smith, Murphy, Scott Brown, Shiels (Morrow 67), Beuzelin, Glass (Shields 75), O'Connor (Dobbie 75), Riordan. Subs Not Used: Alistair Brown, McManus, Nicol, Baillie.

Booked: Scott Brown, Shiels, Whittaker, Shields.

Goals: Caldwell 35.

Att: 48,702

Ref: K Clark

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