Former Rangers stars Kyle Lafferty and Steven Naismith struck in Wednesday night’s Edinburgh derby to secure a 2-1 win for Hearts over rivals Hibernian – and Gers fans were delighted as it effectively secures a Europa League place for the Light Blues next season.
The ex-Gers scored either side of a Florian Kamberi penalty to mean Hibs can only now draw level with Rangers on points in the Scottish Premiership but trail the Light Blues by ten goals – meaning Hibs need to beat the Gers by six clear goals to overhaul them in the table.
Gers fans were delighted with the result since it took a little bit of the pressure off Sunday’s meeting with Neil Lennon’s side, although the Light Blues could still seal second with a win and Aberdeen losing to Celtic.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
Lafferty and Naismith securing a European spot for Rangers is like a banter years spin off show.
— Fraser (@Karma_Polis) May 9, 2018
Kyle Lafferty and Steven Naismith do their old club a favour as Hearts beat Hibs 2-1. Rangers could now lose by five goals at Easter Road and still finish third, claiming a Europa place, as both clubs would have a goal difference of +21 with RFC ahead of Hibs on goals scored.
— Andrew Dickson (@mrandrewdickson) May 9, 2018
Rangers guaranteed at least 3rd place. Hibs will now have a meaningless last game. What a shame they went to all that trouble reducing our tickets to create a "cup tie" atmosphere for EFF ALL!!!😂😂😂😂
— Dougie The Bluenosed Reindeer (@54Beats44) May 9, 2018
Lafferty and Naismith getting Rangers into Europe. You couldn't ask for a better end to the Banter Years 😄
— Craig Kore (@CraigAtTheTop) May 9, 2018
Neil Lennon raging, Chris Sutton raging, Hibs out of the race for second, Europe secured for Rangers by ex-players Lafferty and Naismith.
No a bad Wednesday.Giruy
— shugRFC (@hughmiller2) May 9, 2018
Rangers are going on a European tour! 😎
— Neilly (@Neilly_4) May 9, 2018
The Gers will be likely to begin their Europa League campaign on July 12th in the First Round but could still get handed a spot in the next round instead – if the pip Aberdeen to second and Celtic win the Scottish Cup.
Not getting into Europe would have been considered an absolute disaster for the Gers in a season that most fans just want to end now.