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Rangers 6-1 Hibernian: Defoe hits hat-trick for hosts

Jermain Defoe's first Rangers hat-trick ensured the club's perfect start to the Scottish Premiership continued against 10-man Hibernian at Ibrox.

The former England striker finished twice in five minutes, before Daryl Horgan pulled one back.

But after the visitors had Sean Mackie sent off for a handball, Defoe nodded in his third, Alfredo Morelos scored two and Sheyi Ojo completed the rout.

Rangers join rivals Celtic as the only team to make a 100% start.

Defoe stakes claim for striker's berth

Manager Steven Gerrard made three changes after his side's impressive 4-2 win away to Midtjylland in the Europa League midweek, including Defoe coming in for Morelos.

And the striker spearheaded an electric start by the hosts, as he was alert twice in the box to finish smartly and put Hibernian firmly on the back foot.

For the first he showed his poacher's instinct has yet to dim at 36, as he was the first to react as Ofir Marciano parried Ojo's long-range strike. And five minutes later he pounced at the front post as Ojo's cross came in from the left after brilliant work by Jordan Jones.

Gerrard would have been frustrated due to his side passing up further chances and then, as it had done in midweek, a defensive lapse cost them. Scott Allan's superb pass caught Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic cold and teed up Horgan to slot home and give Hibernian a glimmer of hope.

But after Mackie's handball earned him a second booking 10 minutes into the second half, the chances of a comeback by the Edinburgh side were greatly reduced, and Rangers were ruthless in punishing the 20-year-old left-back's rush of blood.

First Defoe nodded in Steven Davis' cross to wrap things up, before being replaced by Morelos who finished emphatically twice to give Gerrard a welcome selection headache for Thursday's Europa League return against Midtjylland.

Ojo's deflected finish completed a thumping victory for Rangers.

Defoe stats

Line-ups

Rangers

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 19KaticBooked at 17mins
  • 15FlanaganSubstituted forHallidayat 80'minutes
  • 8Jack
  • 10Davis
  • 17Aribo
  • 11OjoBooked at 12mins
  • 9DefoeSubstituted forMorelosat 76'minutes
  • 22JonesSubstituted forStewartat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Edmundson
  • 13Foderingham
  • 16Halliday
  • 20Morelos
  • 23Docherty
  • 24Stewart
  • 37Arfield

Hibernian

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Marciano
  • 3Whittaker
  • 24McGregorBooked at 6mins
  • 4Hanlon
  • 43MackieBooked at 55mins
  • 23AllanSubstituted forKamberiat 67'minutes
  • 14Mallan
  • 6VelaBooked at 31mins
  • 7HorganSubstituted forGrayat 57'minutes
  • 9DoidgeBooked at 16mins
  • 11NewellSubstituted forMurrayat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 8Slivka
  • 18Jackson
  • 22Kamberi
  • 28Maxwell
  • 32Shaw
  • 33Murray
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
49,718

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home36
Away7
Shots on Target
Home19
Away3
Corners
Home14
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rangers 6, Hibernian 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rangers 6, Hibernian 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 6, Hibernian 1. Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 5, Hibernian 1. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Greg Stewart.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Jack (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andrew Halliday (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Josh Vela.

  14. Post update

    Andrew Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Andrew Halliday replaces Jon Flanagan.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 4, Hibernian 1. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Greg Stewart replaces Jordan Jones.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Rangers. Alfredo Morelos replaces Jermain Defoe.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Rangers 3, Hibernian 1. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Davis.

As It Stood

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1Celtic2200122106
2Rangers22008266
3Ross County21103034
4Aberdeen21013303
5St Mirren21011103
6Hamilton210123-13
7Hibernian210126-43
8Livingston20202202
9Hearts201123-11
10Motherwell201125-31
11St Johnstone201129-71
12Kilmarnock200214-30
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