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Colin Calderwood targets Hibs defence for improvement

Rangers celebrate after Richie Towell's poor back pass
Towell threw in a clanger on his Hibs debut on loan from Celtic

Manager Colin Calderwood wants to see a defensive improvement after Hibs were undone from a set-piece once again.

Madjid Bougherra took advantage of poor marking to slam in the first goal for Rangers as they cruised to a 2-0 victory at Easter Road.

"It's a routine that we've got to be better at and, in all honesty, until that happens you won't win games," Calderwood told BBC Radio Scotland.

"You've got to get through 90 minutes defending set plays without conceding."

Calderwood's side gifted Motherwell two goals from set-pieces at the weekend and were guilty of a further defensive lapse against Rangers when Richie Towell, making his debut, played a terrible back-pass that allowed Nikica Jelavic to run through and score.

"That's something you can work on religiously," said Calderwood on the topic of defending free kicks and corners.

"But the games when it happens have obviously been very hurtful for us.

"When you think you are getting a real foothold in the game and can keep it to 0-0, we go and concede the first goal.

"And the second one before half time makes it very difficult against a team with the quality and experience Rangers possess.

"If you're a goalkeeper and you make a mistake, it's more or less a goal, if you're a defender, more than likely it might be, a midfielder - you might get away with it. It's part of the territory.

"It's the team that's conceded the first goal and obviously an individual error concedes the second."

Despite his glaring error, Towell, on loan from Celtic, showed glimpses of promise, as did fellow teenage full-back Calum Booth.

When asked if there was anything positive to take from a fourth consecutive league defeat, Calderwood said: "I think there were one or two, but not enough that you would want to pronounce it to anyone, because it's a defeat."

Hibs have not scored a goal in the six games they have played this year and sit just three points above Scottish Premier League bottom club Hamilton, who have two games in hand.

"We've got to try and catch the teams above us," said Calderwood.

"We've played the top three teams in the last four games - that's a tough ask and we haven't got the points we wanted."

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