Soccer

Rangers
versus Hibernian Scottish Premiership

Saturday 26th December 2020, 12:30 p.m.

Ibrox Stadium

Report that Ianis Hagi was 33rd Minute Rangers helps beat Hibs 1-0 on Boxing Day Steven Gerrard’s team remains undefeated in the Scottish Premier League

this season

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Ianis Hagi’s first-half goal ensured the Rangers maintain their unbeaten league run this season after beating Hibernian 1-0 on Boxing Day Steven Gerrard’s side extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League with a tenth straight win at Ibrox

Hagi ended a brilliant move with Glen Kamara, Joe Aribo and Kemar Roofe with his third goal in as many games for Rangers who were 19 points clear of Celtic ahead of their trip to Hamilton late Saturday afternoon

However, Steven Gerrard’s team have played four more games than the champions, while Hibs remains in third place in the table

Rangers: McGregor (6), Tavernier (8), Goldson (7), Balogun (7), Barisic (6), Aribo (8), Davis (6), Kamara (7), Hagi (7), Dach (6 ), Kent (6)
Subs: Zungu (6), Morelos (6), Arfield (6)
Hibs: Barnes (9), P. McGinn (8), Porteous (8), Hanlon (7), Doig (8), Boyle (7), Gogic (7), Newell (7), Hallberg (6), Wright (6), Nisbet (6)
Subs: Gullan (6)
Man of the Game: Dillon Barnes

Hibs was the last team to come to Glasgow to take points from the runaway leaders and the crowd almost opened the scoring in just 55 seconds Josh Doig’s Cross Fund the unmarked Martin Boyle at the far post but he was fluffing his lines

The hosts took their time to settle in on their job and came to an end for the first time when returning Leon Balogun saw Paul McGinn put his efforts off the line before breaking the break 12 minutes before break scored

Kamara, Aribo and Roofe worked the ball well on the left before Hagi swept home from six meters into the center of the ball, as the pressure from the Rangers finally showed

In reality, the Rangers would have won more comfortably if Dillon Barnes hadn’t shown an impressive goal that excelled Connor Goldson’s header from close range before the break

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard only made the one change from the side that took place in St Johnstone won 3-0 Leon Balogun came for Fil Helander, who fell on the bench

With the visitors, Dillon Barnes started in the gate, while Christian Doidge was blocked

The goalkeeper, one of four changes Hibs boss Jack Ross made, did even better midway through the second half when he again showed impressive reflexes to thwart Balogun after another corner inviting for one Defender of the Rangers was

As a result of these stops, the hosts experienced a tense final, but held on to it when they finished 16 in 20 top games this season Conceded a goal

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Steven Gerrard: “Hibs did very well to stay in the game. Jack (Ross) sets them up very well and they are always a threat because they have good players

“But I have even more praise for my team for crossing the finish line and winning because we knew it was going to be a tough challenge. We faced it and did it very well

“If you fail to score that second goal, you’re going to have some nervous moments towards the end – but it’s a big win, one goal conceded and 12 in the spin, so I’m really happy

“Resilience and character are a must if we’re going to go the distance it won’t always be easy You know you have to rely on your great players to stand up and get counted, and I thought we did done

“Borna Barisic made a block to save games to get the maximum score Allan McGregor comes in and takes an important flank, making everyone stand up and play their roles

“We’re in a much better place in this situation than we were before because, with all due respect, we now have much better players up the road in terms of recruitment”

Jack Ross: “The second is a penalty I had the benefit of seeing it all over again and it’s clearly It’s very obvious that it is a penalty

“We’re trying to grow and foster a mentality in the club where we’re not happy to lose games That’s why we’re disappointed that we didn’t take anything out of the game”

“But it’s a day to temper that with pride in large chunks of our performance I thought we were brilliant at how hard we got the Rangers to work for their win at a stadium where they did this season were relentless “

The Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper on loan was started by Jack Ross and rewarded his manager with a good performance on Boxing Day at Ibrox

The 24-year-old initially kept the Rangers in check with some noticeable first-half stops, particularly with a brilliant response to fend off Connor Goldson’s powerful header

And after the Scottish Premier League front runners took the lead, the shot stopper still scored a number of excellent saves in the second half to keep his team competitive, including a miraculous stop to somehow prevent Leon Balogun’s close-range shot the net

Rangers travel Wednesday the 30th December, after St. Mirren (3 p.m.) while Hibs entertained Ross County (6 p.m.) later in the day

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