Hibs Secure Famous Victory AAt Ibrox

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Two goals from Jason Cummings and a header from David Gray secured a memorable win over Championship favourites Rangers at Ibrox this evening and moved Hibs from second bottom of the table to within touching distance of a play off spot.

Head Coach Alan Stubbs made one change from the team that beat Ross County with Scott Allan replacing the suspended Dylan McGeough.

Around 800 Hibs fans made the journey to Ibrox and after a steady opening twenty five minutes when neither side created any clear chances, they were rewarded when their favourites took the lead. A long clearance from Mark Oxley was controlled by Cummings and the youngster calmly slotted the ball past the Rangers keeper into the net.

Five minutes later Hibs added a second from an unlikely source when David Gray headed a Lewis Stevenson cross past Simonsen to score his first goal in senior football.

Just before the break the Easter Road side added a third after some great interplay between Dominique Malonga and Stevenson who found Cummings with an inch perfect pass and the teenager sent on a diagonal shot from 10 yards into the corner of the net.

The fans’ celebrations were cut short when the teams emerged for the second period and goal scorer Gray had been replaced by Callum Booth due to a hamstring injury. Booth took over at left back whilst Stevenson moved to the right side.

Hibs started the second half strongly however and were denied a stonewall penalty when Lee McCulloch swept the ball away from Malonga with his hand but inexplicably the referee ignored the Hibs’ players claims.

Nicky Law pulled one back for Rangers with a volley from the edge of the box on 55 minutes then grew in confidence as they tried to get back into the game.

The Hibs’ defence held firm however and although Kris Boyd had the ball in the net with a header from an in-swinging David Templeton cross, he was correctly flagged offside.

With time running out substitute Alex Harris ran clear of the Rangers defence but his shot was blocked by goalkeeper Simonsen and Hibs held on to secure a memorable victory.

Afterwards a delighted Alan Stubbs told BBC Radio Scotland: “I have always believed in the players. They have shown these performances but not got the result.

“When it comes off, it’s nice. The players have taken the knocks and perhaps deserve it, but now they deserve the credit.

“It’s hard to single anyone out after a performance like this as they all gave their all.

“The way I am, every game is a must-win and it’s only three points.

“There’s a long way to go, but it puts us in amongst them and can have a big bearing on what can happen.”

Man of the Match Lewis Stevenson said: “I enjoyed the first half. The second half, it was a bit backs to the wall, but we defended well. The central defenders were outstanding.

“We need to do that more often. If we play like that every week, we’ll win more often than not.”

Hibs: Oxley, Gray (Booth, 46), Forster, Hanlon, Fontaine, Stevenson, S. Allan, Craig, Robertson, Cummings (Harris, 81), Malonga. Unused substitutes: Perntreou, Stanton, Heffernan, Handling, Kennedy

Attendance: 31,619

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