By Wayne Veysey

13th Aug, 2017 | 9:41am

Hits and misses: 26-year-old mainstay among three Rangers players who fluffed lines against Hibs


By Editor Wayne Veysey

Rangers came into their second league match of the season on a high after their impressive 2-1 opening day win at Motherwell and a midweek League Cup spatchcocking of Dunfermline.

But any optimism that a title challenge to Celtic could be mounted evaporated in the wake of a 3-2 loss at home to newly-promoted Hibernian.

Alfredo Morelos, fresh from his Wednesday night double, gave Pedro Caixinha’s side an early lead as they raced out of the blocks at a raucous Ibrox.

But Simon Murray fired home to equalise before Ryan Jack was sent off for Rangers, who then capitulated as a James Tavernier own-goal and a sublime volley from Vykintas Slivka gave Neil Lennon’s side a 3-1 lead.

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Tavernier netted a consolation goal to make it 3-2 but it was not enough for Rangers to exact revenge over the club who defeated them in the Scottish Cup final last year.

So, where did it go wrong for the Glasgow giants? Which players thrived and who sunk amid the wreckage of the first league defeat of the season.

Football Insider examines five hit and misses from the Rangers side on Saturday afternoon, including a 26-year-old who was arguably their best player last season but is now struggling: