Rangers’ relentless quest for the Scottish Premier League title continued with a narrow win over Hibernian at Ibrox

Ianis Hagis goal in the first half was enough to create a 19 point gap at the summit Celtic later played – who has four games in hand –

Hibs hit a post, took a strong penalty and threatened late, but managed to score 12 The Rangers win in a row doesn’t stop

Jack Ross’ Hibernian were the last team to deny Steven Gerrard’s team a Premiership win in the 2-2 draw in Edinburgh in September

And in truth, the Hibs manager who went without banned striker Christian Doidge will be both proud and perplexed by his side who somehow didn’t get away from Ibrox with a similar result

For the first few moments, Josh Doig’s curved cross dangled from the back post, but Martin Boyle failed to convert >
Criminal claims were also made during a late climb, the strongest coming on the hour when Hagi’s tall boot struck a ball just inches from Joe Newell’s head and Melker Hallberg’s shot almost crept in from a distance

But while this Rangers team has demonstrated their ability to win with a brag during the season, their persistence in reaching Motherwell last week and now Hibs will please their manager in stepping into a crucial part of the campaign / p>

After Connor Goldson lost Scott Arfield early to an injury, his early appearance for the hosts was cleared by Hibs before the formidable Hagi shot a shot just wide of the edge of the box, but the Romanian international was undeniable

His crucial stroke was grafted from efforts on the left by Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo combined – the latter showed great strength to hold the ball up – Kemar Roofe’s low cross was thrown over the box towards Hagi, who Paul Hanlon for a low finish to the ball hit

Leon Balogun was unlucky enough not to extend the hosts’ lead as he was knocked down by the formidable Dillon Barnes on his first start, but the second half was mostly about Hib’s pursuit of a leveler

On the balance sheet it would have been deserved as the Rangers caused little trouble for Hibs. But there was a familiar feeling of victory for Gerrard and his leaders, whose 100% domestic record at Ibrox continues this season

It’s not so much what we learned as what we’ll learn in the coming weeks Make no mistake, this was a big win for Rangers It widened a gap at the top that was already one Divide is, and only one match separated the Rangers from a crucial Old Firm derby against Celtic

A slip here would have given a resurgent Celt further encouragement, but the momentum continues to pick up

The narrative has changed slightly. A superficial midweek win over St Johnstone has been evidenced by two wins based on the fundamentals of combat, character, and resilience rather than fluid, flowing play. The next two games will tell us a lot about where the title could end this season

For Hibs, Doidge’s loss in attack could have been a game changer Newell, Doig and Boyle all impressed, especially during a climb in the second half, but only one shot hit the target

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard: “Resilience and character are a must. It won’t always be easy if we want to go the distance, you know you have to rely on your great players to stand up and be counted, and I thought we did it

“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”

Hibernian manager Jack Ross: “We are trying to grow and foster a mentality in the club where we are not happy to lose games 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 “

Next up for Rangers is a trip to their Scottish League Cup conquerors, St Mirren, on Wednesday (15:00 GMT) while Hibernian hosts Ross County (18:00)

Attempt saved Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) tries with a right foot from the center of the box, held by the goalkeeper in the center of the box. Prepared by Ryan Kent

Attempt blocked Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Gullan

Attempt saved Melker Hallberg (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box on the left in the lower right corner Assisted by Ryan Porteous

Attempt missed Drey Wright (Hibernian) tries too high with a right footed shot from outside the box after a set piece

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