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Sunday, 8 April, 2001, 19:47 GMT 20:47 UK
Bore draw at Easter Road
Scott Wilson monitors the movement of Mixu Paatelainen
Scott Wilson monitors the movement of Mixu Paatelainen
Hibernian 0-0 Rangers

Second placed Rangers maintained their six point advantage over nearest rivals Hibernian after an uninspiring no scoring draw at Easter Road.

There was little for either set of supporters to cheer as the teams doggedly cancelled each other out.

Both managers will be happy to see losing runs come to a close and will be pleased by the obvious determination on display, but the glaring lack of creativity must be a worry.

The visitors enjoyed the best of what few chances there were, with Billy Dodds guilty of an embarrassing miss right in front of goal.

Arthur Numan and Fernando Ricksen returned to the Rangers ranks and the visitors adopted a front three with Dodds joining Rod Wallace and Tore Andre Flo.

Hibs welcomed back influential skipper Franck Sauzee and gave a home debut to Freddie Arpinon. However, the latest Frenchman at Easter Road appeared bewildered by the furious speed of the game.

Barry Ferguson keeps tabs on Russell Latapy
Barry Ferguson keeps tabs on Russell Latapy
The home side were forced to make another change after 15 minutes when Matthias Jack limped off to be replaced by Grant Brebner.

The match started at a frantic pace and, as thunderous tackles flew in, there was little in the way of flowing football.

Both sides have been struggling of late and a lack of confidence was evident with most players in a desperate hurry to get rid of the ball whenever it came their way.

There was little time to dwell on the ball as the sides both worked hard to deny one another space.

Wallace had the ball in the net for Rangers after 26 minutes, but the striker had strayed offside.

A minute before, Hibs had their best chance of the first half when a Brebner header flew narrowly over the bar from a flashing David Zitelli corner kick.

Gary Smith stops Tore Andre Flo
Gary Smith stops Tore Andre Flo
Flo and Wallace both saw tame headers drift wide of the Hibs goal and a good block from goalkeeper Nick Colgan thwarted a low drive from Flo.

Hibs began the second half in promising fashion and had Rangers penned back for a ten minute spell with Brebner exterting some influence in the middle of the park.

However, Rangers posed a threat on the break and Dodds missed an incredible chance in the 57th minute.

A Ricksen cross found the Scotland centre forward inside the six yard box with the goal at his mercy, but somehow he skewed his shot wide of the target.

Five minutes later, a fierce drive from Numan was acrobatically tipped on to the crossbar by Colgan.

Wallace almost capitalised on a rare slip from Sauzee, but Paul Fenwick spared his captain's blushes with a great lunging challenge to block the striker's shot.

Rangers looked the more menacing side in the closing stages, but neither goalkeeper had cause to break sweat.

Hibernian: Colgan, Gary Smith, Sauzee, Fenwick, Murray, Arpinion, Jack, Latapy, Laursen, Paatelainen, Zitelli.

Subs: Franks, McManus, Libbra, Brebner, Lehmann.

Rangers: Klos, Porrini, Konterman, Wilson, Ricksen, Reyna, Ferguson, Dodds, Numan, Wallace, Flo.

Subs: Christiansen, Albertz, Tugay, Miller, Fernandes.

Referee: J Rowbotham

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