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Rangers   3 - 0   Hibernian

Rangers defender Steven Whittaker celebrates
Whittaker opened the scoring against his former club

By Clive Lindsay

Rangers stretched their lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League to 10 points after victory over Hibernian.

The third-top side went close when Sasa Papac cleared a Paul Hanlon header off the reigning champions' goal-line.

But former Hibs defender Steven Whittaker sent a superb drive into the far corner of the net after 49 minutes.

Kris Boyd scored from the penalty spot 20 minutes later after Sol Bamba was ruled to have fouled Kenny Miller, who rolled in the third in stoppage time.

It was Miller who had won the penalty, with he and fellow former Hibs man Whittaker being instrumental as the Easter Road side's hopes of moving to within two points of second-top Celtic were dashed.

Rangers assistant Ally McCoist congratulates Kenny Miller
Miller (right) scored the third goal for Rangers at Ibrox

Visiting manager John Hughes had showed no fear, making four changes and promising a 4-2-4 formation in his pre-match interview on BBC Radio Scotland.

Strike duo Derek Riordan and Colin Nish made way for Abdessalam Benjelloun and former Rangers forward Alan Gow, while Merouane Zemmama and Hanlon replaced David Wotherspoon and Kevin McBride.

Gow was one of three former Ibrox men in the Hibs line-up, along with Graeme Smith and Ian Murray, while Kevin Thomson returned to complete Rangers complement of ex-Easter Road men.

American winger DaMarcus Beasley made his first appearance since December - Steven Naismith and Kirk Broadfoot dropped out - and everything seemed set up for an attacking game from both sides.

And Rangers took the game to Hibs from the start and Miller rifled a shot narrowly over the crossbar from just outside the area.

Hibs responded, with Merouane Zemmama giving Papac a hard time wide on the visitors' right, and the Moroccan's cross found Anthony Stokes only for the striker to connect awkwardly with a volley that bobbled off target.

Papac was in the right place at the right time when a Zemmama corner found Hanlon free at the back post and the defender's header was flicked clear off the line by the Bosnian's forehead.

Rangers claimed for a penalty when Hibs defender Chris Hogg tussled with David Weir inside the box at a corner at the other end, but referee Steve Conroy ignored the home captain's appeals.

An increasingly tetchy first-half, during which Hughes' formation proved less attacking than promised, ended with Thomson being shown a yellow card for a cynical lunge at Zemmama, while a naughty elbow in the midfielder's face led to a booking for Boyd.

At first, it seemed that it would mean that Rangers' top scorer would miss the next derby against Celtic through suspension, but it appears that he will only collect two points for obstruction rather than three for violent conduct.

Kyle Lafferty replaced Beasley, who looked short of match fitness, at half-time and immediately turned inside marker Hogg and fired a drive that was straight at Smith from 25 yards but the first real test for the goalkeeper.

Lafferty was instrumental as Rangers made the breakthrough four minutes after the break.

The Northern Ireland forward turned the ball wide for Whittaker, who moved inside, played a one-two with Lafferty and fired a left-foot drive into the far corner from 16 yards.

It developed into an end-to-end affair but took until the 69th-minute before either goalkeeper was further tested, Rangers' Allan McGregor allowing a 20-yard Zemmama drive to slip through his grasp before holding the spinning ball at the second attempt.

Rangers almost immediately went further ahead when Miller went down under a challenge from Bamba and Boyd, who had been poised to be replaced with Nacho Novo, blasted his 21st goal of the season from the penalty spot.

Rangers were now in the ascendancy and Whittaker forced a good save from Smith with a cheeky chip and the goalkeeper made another stop to deny Steven Davis from close range.

Thomson pounced on a Hibs mistake to set up Miller to side-foot home from 12 yards to seal a convincing win.

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Sunday, 14 February 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 3-0 Hibernian FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Whittaker 50
  • Boyd (pen) 72
  • Miller 90+1

    Rangers

    • 01 McGregor
    • 03 Weir
    • 05 Papac
    • 16 Whittaker yellow card
    • 24 Bougherra
    • 06 McCulloch
    • 07 Davis
    • 08 Thomson yellow card
    • 20 Beasley (Lafferty 46)
    • 09 Boyd yellow card (Novo 73)
    • 18 Miller

    Substitutes

    • 25 Alexander,
    • 66 Wilson,
    • 69 Wylde,
    • 02 Edu,
    • 10 Novo,
    • 27 Lafferty,
    • 48 Little

    Hibernian

    • 21 Smith
    • 04 Hogg yellow card
    • 06 Murray
    • 20 Hanlon
    • 26 Bamba
    • 07 Zemmama (Nish 79)
    • 11 Rankin (McBride 84)
    • 33 Miller
    • 18 Stokes
    • 19 Benjelloun
    • 28 Gow (Riordan 68)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Stack,
    • 08 Cregg,
    • 16 Stevenson,
    • 17 McBride,
    • 24 Wotherspoon,
    • 09 Nish,
    • 10 Riordan
    Ref: ConroyAtt: 48,161
    RANGERS
    HIBERNIAN

    Possession

    • Rangers 57%
    • Hibernian 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Rangers 6
    • Hibernian 6

    Attempts off target

    • Rangers 6
    • Hibernian 3

    Corners

    • Rangers 5
    • Hibernian 4

    Fouls

    • Rangers 12
    • Hibernian 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:22 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+0:20 Assist by Kevin Thomson.
    • 90:00+0:20 GOAL - Kenny MillerRangers 3 - 0 Hibernian A goal is scored by Kenny Miller from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rangers 3-0 Hibernian.
    • 89:14 The ball is swung over by Ian Murray.
    • 88:32 Shot from 25 yards by Nacho Novo. Paul Hanlon gets a block in.
    • 88:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Miller on Lee McCulloch. Direct free kick taken by Steven Davis.
    • Correction - 84:56 Short corner taken by Nacho Novo from the left by-line. Kevin Thomson produces a cross.
    • 84:56 Nacho Novo decides to take the corner short, The ball is sent over by Kevin Thomson.
    • 83:47 Substitution Kevin McBride joins the action as a substitute, replacing John Rankin.
    • 82:20 Nacho Novo crosses the ball, Chris Hogg gets a block in.
    • 79:18 Outswinging corner taken by Nacho Novo from the right by-line. Effort on goal by Steven Davis from 20 yards. Blocked by Liam Miller.
    • 78:56 Steven Whittaker takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Graeme Smith.
    • 78:10 Substitution Colin Nish comes on in place of Merouane Zemmama.
    • 77:16 Unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by Liam Miller results in a free kick. David Weir takes the free kick.
    • 77:04 Madjid Bougherra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Souleymane Bamba. Direct free kick taken by John Rankin.
    • 75:55 Effort from inside the area by Nacho Novo misses to the right of the target.
    • 75:39 Drilled right-footed shot by Liam Miller. David Weir gets a block in.
    • 74:55 The ball is delivered by Kevin Thomson, Kyle Lafferty takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.
    • 74:01 Nacho Novo has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 72:45 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nacho Novo, Chris Hogg manages to make a clearance.
    • 72:08 Substitution (Rangers) makes a substitution, with Nacho Novo coming on for Kris Boyd.
    • 72:02 Assist on the goal came from Kenny Miller.
    • 71:20 GOAL - Kris BoydRangers 2 - 0 Hibernian Power penalty scored by Kris Boyd. Rangers 2-0 Hibernian.
    • 70:18 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenny Miller by Souleymane Bamba.
    • 69:29 Shot by Merouane Zemmama. Allan McGregor makes a brilliant save.
    • 67:21 Substitution Alan Gow goes off and Derek Riordan comes on.
    • 66:33 The ball is delivered by Madjid Bougherra, clearance made by Souleymane Bamba.
    • 64:38 Madjid Bougherra delivers the ball, Souleymane Bamba makes a clearance.
    • 63:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Hogg on Kyle Lafferty. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
    • 62:50 The ball is crossed by Kyle Lafferty, blocked by Chris Hogg.
    • 61:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Merouane Zemmama on Kenny Miller. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
    • 61:01 Free kick crossed right-footed by Merouane Zemmama from left wing, Steven Davis makes a clearance.
    • 61:01 Booking Booking for Steven Whittaker.
    • 60:50 Steven Whittaker concedes a free kick for a foul on Abdessalam Benjelloun.
    • 59:36 Kyle Lafferty concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Miller. Merouane Zemmama crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 58:31 Paul Hanlon takes a shot from 18 yards. Allan McGregor makes a comfortable save.
    • 58:23 Centre by Anthony Stokes, clearance made by Sasa Papac.
    • 57:13 The offside flag is raised against Anthony Stokes. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
    • 54:27 The ball is swung over by Steven Davis.
    • 53:47 Abdessalam Benjelloun fouled by Lee McCulloch, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Rankin.
    • 53:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Whittaker on Liam Miller. Graeme Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 52:50 Effort on goal by John Rankin from just inside the area clears the bar.
    • 52:10 Abdessalam Benjelloun has an effort at goal. David Weir gets a block in. Short corner taken by Chris Hogg from the left by-line.
    • 51:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Whittaker on Abdessalam Benjelloun. Free kick taken by John Rankin.
    • 49:48 The assist for the goal came from Kyle Lafferty.
    • 49:48 GOAL - Steven WhittakerRangers 1 - 0 Hibernian Steven Whittaker scores a goal from the edge of the area to the top left corner of the goal. Rangers 1-0 Hibernian.
    • 47:55 Shot from just outside the box by Lee McCulloch goes over the crossbar.
    • 45:19 Kyle Lafferty has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Comfortable save by Graeme Smith.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Kyle Lafferty comes on in place of DaMarcus Beasley.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:29 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+0:20 Foul by Steven Davis on Alan Gow, free kick awarded. Graeme Smith takes the free kick.
    • 44:09 Corner taken right-footed by Merouane Zemmama from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Kenny Miller.
    • 43:18 Merouane Zemmama takes the free kick.
    • 43:18 Booking Kris Boyd shown a yellow card.
    • 42:56 Kris Boyd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Merouane Zemmama.
    • 42:43 The ball is crossed by Merouane Zemmama, clearance made by David Weir.
    • 42:02 Shot from just outside the box by John Rankin goes over the target.
    • 40:00 Anthony Stokes is ruled offside. Kevin Thomson takes the direct free kick.
    • 38:38 DaMarcus Beasley takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Paul Hanlon.
    • 37:59 Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis, Chris Hogg manages to make a clearance.
    • 37:59 Booking Caution for Chris Hogg.
    • 37:44 Chris Hogg concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny Miller.
    • 37:30 Corner taken by Merouane Zemmama from the right by-line.
    • 36:53 Outswinging corner taken by Merouane Zemmama, Paul Hanlon takes a shot. Sasa Papac makes a clearance.
    • 36:39 Merouane Zemmama takes a shot from 18 yards. Madjid Bougherra gets a block in.
    • 36:05 Centre by Kenny Miller, comfortable save by Graeme Smith.
    • 34:54 Foul by Ian Murray on Steven Whittaker, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Steven Whittaker from right channel, Graeme Smith makes a save.
    • 34:11 Madjid Bougherra sends in a cross, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
    • 33:56 The ball is delivered by Sasa Papac, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
    • 32:00 The ball is crossed by Sasa Papac, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
    • 31:03 The ball is delivered by Ian Murray, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
    • 30:12 Free kick taken by Chris Hogg.
    • 30:12 Booking Kevin Thomson goes into the book.
    • 30:07 Merouane Zemmama fouled by Kevin Thomson, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 29:19 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis from the left by-line, save made by Graeme Smith.
    • 28:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Thomson by Abdessalam Benjelloun. Sasa Papac takes the direct free kick.
    • 27:58 Centre by John Rankin.
    • 26:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Murray by Steven Whittaker. Free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 22:29 DaMarcus Beasley delivers the ball.
    • 21:48 Abdessalam Benjelloun delivers the ball.
    • 21:40 The ball is sent over by Merouane Zemmama.
    • 21:04 Chris Hogg sends in a cross, Sasa Papac makes a clearance.
    • 20:29 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kris Boyd. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 18:46 Shot by Lee McCulloch from outside the box goes over the net.
    • 17:26 The ball is swung over by Merouane Zemmama, Anthony Stokes takes a shot from 18 yards. Allan McGregor makes a comfortable save.
    • 13:50 DaMarcus Beasley delivers the ball, Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:09 Merouane Zemmama is ruled offside. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
    • 11:01 The ball is crossed by Merouane Zemmama.
    • 9:57 The ball is delivered by Kenny Miller.
    • 9:28 The ball is crossed by DaMarcus Beasley, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
    • 8:28 Effort on goal by Kenny Miller from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 7:14 Merouane Zemmama challenges DaMarcus Beasley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Sasa Papac from left wing.
    • 4:48 Abdessalam Benjelloun fouled by Sasa Papac, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Merouane Zemmama.
    • 3:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Gow on Kevin Thomson. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Sasa Papac from left wing, clearance made by Liam Miller.
    • 3:09 Kenny Miller produces a cross, save by Graeme Smith.
    • 2:30 Foul by Lee McCulloch on Abdessalam Benjelloun, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Miller.
    • 1:55 The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance.
    • 1:20 Unfair challenge on DaMarcus Beasley by Chris Hogg results in a free kick. Kevin Thomson takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:26 Merouane Zemmama challenges Steven Whittaker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    14 Feb 2010 23:59 UK


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    As it stood on 14 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 25 43 58
    2 Celtic 25 22 48
    3 Hibernian 24 13 43
    4 Dundee Utd 25 3 42
    5 Motherwell 25 1 35
    6 Hearts 25 -6 31
    7 Aberdeen 24 -6 29
    8 Kilmarnock 25 -12 25
    9 St Johnstone 22 -9 24
    10 St Mirren 24 -12 21
    11 Hamilton 24 -17 21
    12 Falkirk 24 -20 17

    see also
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    14 Feb 10 |  Rangers
    Hughes glad he attacked Rangers
    14 Feb 10 |  Hibernian
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    14 Feb 10 |  Scottish Premier
    Scottish football as it happened
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