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Hibernian 5-5 Rangers

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Highlights: Hibernian 5-5 Rangers

Rangers finished third in the Scottish Premiership after an incredible draw at Hibernian that featured 10 goals, a red card and an injury-time equaliser that completed a hat-trick.

The Gers had stormed back from 3-0 down at Easter Road to level at half-time - then led 5-3 in the second half.

But Jamie Maclaren's late equaliser snatched a dramatic point for Hibs.

Aberdeen's victory over Celtic meant the Gers could not have overtaken them to take second even if they had won.

Even that outcome looked unlikely when the Ibrox side went three goals down inside 22 minutes as Hibs struck through Florian Kamberi - from the penalty spot - Scott Allan and Maclaren.

Back roared the Gers, with James Tavernier, Jordan Rossiter and Bruno Alves - with a stunning free-kick - scoring.

James Tavernier scores for Rangers against Hibernian
James Tavernier sparked Rangers' revival

Two deflected Jason Holt efforts - the first via Efe Ambrose, the second ricocheting off Josh Windass - put Jimmy Nicholl's men in the driving seat, but there followed yet more drama.

Holt was dismissed for a second booking, either side of Maclaren's close-range second and third goals, and Hibs boss Neil Lennon was sent to the stands for his celebrations after the equaliser.

The Northern Irishman has led Hibs to fourth place and a record top-flight points haul of 67 in their maiden campaign since promotion.

Florian Kamberi opens the scoring for Hibernian from the penalty spot
Florian Kamberi sent Jak Alnwick the wrong way with a well-placed penalty that opened the scoring

The Easter Road side needed a six-goal victory to leapfrog Rangers into third place, and remarkably, that prospect became a credible target with a quarter of the game gone.

Their goal spree began in the 10th minute when Maclaren was grappled to turf by David Bates inside the Gers box. Andrew Dallas pointed to the spot, and Kamberi rifled a brilliant penalty high beyond Jak Alnwick.

Eight minutes later, it got better for Hibs as Vykintas Slivka cushioned Lewis Stevenson's cross into the path of the onrushing Allan, who bundled home.

The surge continued. Maclaren headed another excellent Stevenson delivery into the Rangers net, and Easter Road erupted.

This was beyond the Hibs fans' wildest dreams. Their side rampant in pursuit of the shellacking they needed; Rangers crumbling amid the green-and-white hurricane that engulfed them.

Scott Allan scores for Hibernian against Rangers
Scott Allan bundled in Hibs' second goal after a cushioned Vykintas Slivka header

As the hosts flew forward, however, they left gaping holes at the back. Defending became an afterthought as Hibs scented blood.

They received a warning shot when Holt drifted wide and cut the ball back for the unmarked Tavernier to angle home.

It was a caution Hibs failed to heed and a vital fillip for shell-shocked Rangers, whose belief and conviction grew.

A lovely Jamie Murphy through-ball set up Rossiter to drill low into the Hibs net. The play that had flown so vigorously towards the away goal had turned.

Alves, an early substitute for Sean Goss, had been introduced primarily to steady the shambolic Gers rearguard, but his impact was most keenly felt at the other end. The Portuguese centre-back bent a wonderful free-kick beyond Ofir Marciano to haul his team level before the break.

Bruno Alves curls home a free kick
Bruno Alves curled home Rangers' equaliser before half-time

Six goals in 40 crazy minutes. This was like two prizefighters dropping their guards and slugging punch for punch.

The tackles were flying in too. Rossiter was booked for scything down Kamberi. Allan was fortunate not to see red after lunging in on Rossiter.

The sound of Dallas's half-time whistle brought both sides - and those in the stands - blessed relief from the furore.

Nine minutes into the second period it was Rangers' fans in full voice.

Former Hibs striker Jason Cummings played in Holt on the left. The midfielder was unmarked, and as he tried to make up ground on his opponent, Ambrose's attempted block sent Holt's shot into the home goal.

Jason Holt scores as his shot deflects into the Hibs net by Efe Ambrose
Jason Holt's shot was deflected in the Hibs goal by Efe Ambrose

Holt tried his luck again from outside the box on 68 minutes, and with his effort heading wide, the ball clipped Windass and flew past the already airborne Marciano.

From 3-0 down, Rangers now led 5-3. The game looked beyond Hibs, but there was plenty tumult still to come.

Maclaren lashed home within two minutes of Windass' goal. Lennon sent on Brandon Barker, the Manchester City speed merchant, to stretch tired Gers legs as this most pulsating of contests reached its climax.

The visitors should have had a penalty when Paul Hanlon blocked Murphy's shot with his hand, and were reduced to 10 men with five minutes remaining when Holt cynically - and foolishly - dragged back John McGinn, earning a second yellow card.

Jamie Maclaren scores his third goal
Maclaren secured his hat-trick, and a record top-flight points tally for Hibs, with his stoppage-time leveller

Hibs poured forward. Crosses peppered the Rangers area. Balls were frantically scrambled clear. Dylan McGeouch, in his final game for the club, drew a firm save from Alnwick.

Three of the five additional minutes had been played when Barker sped past the exhausted Tavernier, danced along the byeline from the left, and side-footed for Maclaren to flick home.

Easter Road exploded once more. Lennon, arms outspread mimicking an aeroplane, slalomed onto the pitch in celebration and was sent to the stands. An extraordinary finale befitting a sensational match.

Neil Lennon celebrates Hibernian's equaliser
Lennon's jubilant on-field celebrations resulted in the Hibs head coach being sent to the stands

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 3WhittakerBooked at 90mins
  • 25AmbroseBooked at 38minsSubstituted forMcGregorat 70'minutes
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16StevensonSubstituted forSwansonat 86'minutes
  • 8Slivka
  • 10McGeouch
  • 7McGinn
  • 23AllanBooked at 32minsSubstituted forBarkerat 65'minutes
  • 19Maclaren
  • 22Kamberi

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 6Bartley
  • 11Swanson
  • 20Barker
  • 24McGregor
  • 41Dabrowski
  • 53Allan

Rangers

  • 25Alnwick
  • 2Tavernier
  • 24Bates
  • 33Martin
  • 16HallidayBooked at 73mins
  • 23HoltBooked at 85mins
  • 18RossiterBooked at 30minsSubstituted forHodsonat 68'minutes
  • 21Candeias
  • 27GossBooked at 16minsSubstituted forBruno Alvesat 28'minutes
  • 28Murphy
  • 26CummingsSubstituted forWindassat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Windass
  • 15Herrera
  • 17Hodson
  • 22Bruno Alves
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 32Kelly
  • 48Docherty
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
19,579

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away9
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 5, Rangers 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 5, Rangers 5.

Attempt blocked. Bruno Alves (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Darren McGregor (Hibernian).

Jamie Murphy (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Steven Whittaker (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 5, Rangers 5. Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Brandon Barker.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by David Bates.

Attempt saved. Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Darren McGregor (Hibernian).

Daniel Candeias (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

David Bates (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Danny Swanson replaces Lewis Stevenson.

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jason Holt (Rangers) for a bad foul.

Foul by Jason Holt (Rangers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) because of an injury.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Andy Halliday.

Attempt missed. Josh Windass (Rangers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Darren McGregor (Hibernian).

Lee Hodson (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Hibernian).

Lee Hodson (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

David Bates (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Russell Martin.

Brandon Barker (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay in match Andy Halliday (Rangers) because of an injury.

Booking

Andy Halliday (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andy Halliday (Rangers).

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Darren McGregor replaces Efe Ambrose.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 4, Rangers 5. Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Vykintas Slivka.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 3, Rangers 5. Josh Windass (Rangers) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Holt.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Lee Hodson replaces Jordan Rossiter because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic382410473254882
2Aberdeen38227956371973
3Rangers382171076502670
4Hibernian381813762461667
5Kilmarnock381611114947259
6Hearts381213133939049
7Motherwell38139164349-648
8St Johnstone381210164253-1146
9Dundee38116213657-2139
10Hamilton3896234768-2133
11Partick Thistle3889213161-3033
12Ross County38611214062-2229
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