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Hibernian   0 - 2   Rangers

Highlights - Hibernian 0-2 Rangers

Highlights - Hibernian 0-2 Rangers

By Colin Moffat

Rangers eased to victory at a sparsely-attended Easter Road, brushing off the limp challenge of Hibernian.

Madjid Bougherra cracked in an angled volley on 26 minutes to brighten up what was a scrappy match, dogged by sloppy play from both sides.

Nikica Jelavic then ran on to a woeful back-pass from Richie Towell to round Graeme Smith and roll the ball home.

Rangers remain five points behind Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic, having played two games fewer.

Rangers were undone in Edinburgh at the weekend, having failed to finish off any of the multiple chances they created at Tynecastle.

But they had no trouble in the capital this time, despite playing nowhere near as well as they did against Hearts.

Hibs have yet to score in 2011 and have now gone 11 games without a victory.

And if they continue to play in this gutless and guileless fashion relegation is a very real possibility.

Experienced campaigners like Kevin McBride, John Rankin and Merouane Zemmama were posted missing in midfield, while Colin Nish laboured forlornly in the lone striker's role.

The opening goal came when Ian Murray headed clear a Vladimir Weiss free kick and the ball fell to Bougherra on the right edge of the penalty area.

Without an opposition player anywhere near him, the Algerian defender had ample time to size up a volley, which flew beyond Smith and in off the inside of the post.

The visitors could have doubled their advantage when Weiss robbed Rankin and whipped a tempting cross from the right into the path of Jelavic but the striker was just too slow to connect with the goal at his mercy.

However, the Croatian was gifted a goal after 35 minutes when he pounced on a dreadful back-pass from Towell, making his debut after a loan move from Celtic, before coolly rounding Smith and slotting into the empty net.

The home side threatened briefly with a flurry of attacks after the interval, with Francis Dickoh heading over from a corner, Murray crashing a volley straight at Allan McGregor, while a skidding free kick from Zemmama had the Rangers keeper sprawling awkwardly to save, although the ball look like it was going wide.

But Colin Calderwood's side failed to build any serious momentum, with moves breaking down too often due to poor passing on a badly rutted pitch.

Rangers were also guilty of some wretched play, failing to hold on to the ball for long, but their back four remained solid throughout.

With the miserable home fans making for the exits, Rangers picked up the pace in the closing stages and Smith had to look lively to tip away a fizzing cross-cum-shot from Steven Naismith.

The Hibs keeper was then at full-stretch to stop a raking 20-yard drive from Steven Davis after a neat lay-off from substitute Kyle Lafferty.

Rangers could not find a third goal to avenge Hibernian's 3-0 win at Ibrox in November but manager Walter Smith will be satisfied with a comfortable on an evening when his players failed to hit their stride.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hibernian 0-2 Rangers FT
(HT 0-2)
    • Bougherra 26
    • Jelavic 35

    Hibernian

    • 21 Smith
    • 06 Murray yellow card (Wotherspoon 64)
    • 14 Dickoh
    • 20 Hanlon yellow card
    • 28 Booth
    • 34 Towell yellow card
    • 07 Zemmama (Riordan 63)
    • 11 Rankin
    • 17 McBride yellow card (De Graaf 46)
    • 22 Galbraith
    • 09 Nish yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 01 Stack,
    • 15 Thicot,
    • 08 De Graaf,
    • 16 Stevenson,
    • 24 Wotherspoon,
    • 10 Riordan,
    • 19 Duffy

    Rangers

    • 01 McGregor
    • 03 Weir
    • 05 Papac
    • 16 Whittaker
    • 24 Bougherra
    • 06 McCulloch yellow card
    • 08 Davis
    • 20 Weiss (Edu 67)
    • 40 Ness
    • 14 Naismith
    • 18 Jelavic yellow card (Lafferty 72)

    Substitutes

    • 25 Alexander,
    • 12 Foster,
    • 39 Wylde,
    • 07 Edu,
    • 10 Fleck,
    • 11 Lafferty,
    • 28 Kerkar
    Ref: Stevie O'ReilyAtt: 11,696
    HIBERNIAN
    RANGERS

    Possession

    • Hibernian 47%
    • Rangers 53%

    Attempts on target

    • Hibernian 4
    • Rangers 3

    Attempts off target

    • Hibernian 2
    • Rangers 0

    Corners

    • Hibernian 2
    • Rangers 3

    Fouls

    • Hibernian 15
    • Rangers 17
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:26 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+2:36 Jamie Ness challenges Francis Dickoh unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is sent over by Richie Towell, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Francis Dickoh goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 89:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Derek Riordan by Steven Whittaker. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
    • 89:06 Lee McCulloch fouled by Colin Nish, the ref awards a free kick. Madjid Bougherra takes the direct free kick.
    • 89:06 Booking Colin Nish is shown a yellow card.
    • 85:41 A cross is delivered by Derek Riordan.
    • 83:50 Steven Davis takes a shot. Graeme Smith makes a save.
    • 83:00 Steven Davis takes a short corner, The ball is sent over by Sasa Papac, clearance by Richie Towell.
    • 82:43 The ball is crossed by Steven Naismith, save by Graeme Smith.
    • 81:55 Maurice Edu is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 81:22 Unfair challenge on Allan McGregor by Colin Nish results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 81:07 Centre by Daniel Galbraith, save by Allan McGregor.
    • 80:17 Foul by Kyle Lafferty on Richie Towell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by John Rankin.
    • 78:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richie Towell on Sasa Papac. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis from left wing.
    • 78:21 Booking Booking for Richie Towell.
    • 77:30 Unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Paul Hanlon results in a free kick. Steven Davis delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right by-line, clearance made by John Rankin.
    • 75:47 A cross is delivered by Paul Hanlon, save by Allan McGregor.
    • 74:42 Richie Towell delivers the ball, save by Allan McGregor.
    • 74:23 The ball is delivered by Callum Booth.
    • 71:23 Nikica Jelavic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 71:23 Substitution Kyle Lafferty replaces Nikica Jelavic.
    • 71:23 Booking Paul Hanlon booked.
    • 71:16 Booking The referee cautions Nikica Jelavic for unsporting behaviour.
    • 69:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francis Dickoh by Nikica Jelavic. John Rankin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:29 Steven Davis crosses the ball, save made by Graeme Smith.
    • 66:21 Substitution Vladimir Weiss goes off and Maurice Edu comes on.
    • 64:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Galbraith by Jamie Ness. Derek Riordan crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
    • 62:57 The referee penalises Nikica Jelavic for handball. Richie Towell takes the free kick.
    • 62:57 Substitution David Wotherspoon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ian Murray.
    • 62:57 Substitution Merouane Zemmama leaves the field to be replaced by Derek Riordan.
    • 62:23 A cross is delivered by Merouane Zemmama, clearance made by Madjid Bougherra.
    • 61:17 The ball is swung over by Daniel Galbraith.
    • 60:45 The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker.
    • 58:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Merouane Zemmama. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 56:13 Inswinging corner taken by Vladimir Weiss from the left by-line, clearance by Callum Booth.
    • 54:46 Unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by Merouane Zemmama results in a free kick. Sasa Papac takes the direct free kick.
    • 54:30 Outswinging corner taken by John Rankin from the left by-line, clearance made by David Weir.
    • 52:45 Jamie Ness gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Galbraith. Merouane Zemmama fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Allan McGregor.
    • 50:54 Vladimir Weiss fouled by Ian Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Madjid Bougherra restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:54 Booking Ian Murray receives a yellow card.
    • 49:50 Daniel Galbraith produces a cross.
    • 49:40 Richie Towell sends in a cross.
    • 49:02 Effort from 25 yards by Ian Murray. Save made by Allan McGregor.
    • 48:51 The ball is delivered by John Rankin, clearance by David Weir.
    • 48:31 The referee gives a free kick against Vladimir Weiss for handball. Free kick taken by Ian Murray.
    • 47:00 Outswinging corner taken by John Rankin from the left by-line, Francis Dickoh has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
    • 46:22 Richie Towell fouled by Steven Naismith, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by John Rankin from right wing, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Kevin McBride goes off and Edwin De Graaf comes on.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:12 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+0:45 Nikica Jelavic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Callum Booth. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:00+0:20 The ball is crossed by Vladimir Weiss, clearance made by Ian Murray.
    • 44:39 Corner taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from the right by-line, Ian Murray makes a clearance.
    • 44:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Kevin McBride. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
    • 41:09 The ball is delivered by Richie Towell.
    • 39:42 Foul by Lee McCulloch on Daniel Galbraith, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Daniel Galbraith.
    • 39:42 Booking Lee McCulloch booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 36:33 Colin Nish gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Weir. Sasa Papac restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:47 GOAL - Nikica JelavicHibernian 0 - 2 Rangers A goal is scored by Nikica Jelavic from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 0-2 Rangers.
    • Correction - 32:47 The ball is delivered by Vladimir Weiss.
    • 32:47 The ball is sent over by Vladimir Weiss.
    • 32:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Rankin on Steven Whittaker. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
    • 31:49 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
    • 28:32 Colin Nish concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee McCulloch. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 27:31 The assistant referee signals for offside against Vladimir Weiss. Graeme Smith takes the indirect free kick.
    • 26:34 Foul by Steven Naismith on Richie Towell, free kick awarded. Richie Towell takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:24 Kevin McBride challenges Vladimir Weiss unfairly and gives away a free kick. Assist on the goal came from Vladimir Weiss.
    • 25:24 GOAL - Madjid BougherraHibernian 0 - 1 Rangers Madjid Bougherra gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 0-1 Rangers.
    • 24:49 Booking The referee shows Kevin McBride a yellow card.
    • 22:17 Daniel Galbraith takes a shot from 30 yards. Allan McGregor makes a save.
    • 21:28 A cross is delivered by Richie Towell.
    • 19:48 Foul by Nikica Jelavic on Francis Dickoh, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 19:18 The ball is delivered by Sasa Papac, save made by Graeme Smith.
    • 17:58 Foul by Ian Murray on Nikica Jelavic, free kick awarded. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.
    • 15:44 Daniel Galbraith fouled by Lee McCulloch, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Kevin McBride, Madjid Bougherra manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:44 Colin Nish is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 12:49 Foul by Nikica Jelavic on Francis Dickoh, free kick awarded. Francis Dickoh takes the free kick.
    • 11:44 Nikica Jelavic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Hanlon. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 10:56 The ball is crossed by Merouane Zemmama.
    • 9:40 Sasa Papac challenges Daniel Galbraith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Richie Towell.
    • 8:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Rankin by Steven Whittaker. Paul Hanlon delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Lee McCulloch makes a clearance.
    • 7:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by John Rankin. Steven Whittaker restarts play with the free kick.
    • 2:15 Colin Nish gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 1:47 The assistant referee flags for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
    • 0:41 Vladimir Weiss delivers the ball.
    • 0:10 Lee McCulloch concedes a free kick for a foul on John Rankin. Merouane Zemmama restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 26 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Celtic 23 36 55
    2 Rangers 21 26 50
    3 Hearts 22 16 45
    4 Kilmarnock 22 10 32
    5 Inverness CT 24 1 29
    6 Motherwell 22 0 28
    7 Dundee Utd 19 -3 26
    8 St Johnstone 21 -11 26
    9 Aberdeen 22 -16 23
    10 St Mirren 22 -18 18
    11 Hibernian 22 -18 16
    12 Hamilton 20 -23 13

    see also
    Calderwood targets Hibs defence
    26 Jan 11 |  Hibernian
    Smith pleased with Gers' control
    26 Jan 11 |  Rangers


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