Rangers player ratings v Hibernian: One player 3/10 in absolute epic
Rangers could only draw an enthralling final day clash with Hibernian at Easter Road 5-5 after finding themselves 3-0 down inside the opening 20 minutes only to roar back as they tried to secure second in the Scottish Premiership with a win over Neil Lennon’s side.
The Light Blues were forced into three changes from the side which faced Aberdeen in midweek as Sean Goss, Jordan Rossiter and Jason Cummings replaced Ross McCrorie, Graham Dorrans and Alfredo Morelos in the starting XI.
The Gers fell behind to an early penalty for the second game in a row after Andy Dallas pointed to the spot in the tenth minute after an off-the-ball incident between David Bates and Florian Kamberi.
The Swiss striker stepped up to fire the ball home himself and make the Gers’ afternoon much more difficult.
Hibs doubled their advantage before long as Scott Allan bundled the ball home from Vykintas Slivka’s knock-down to make to 2-0 as the Gers defence were posted missing.
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Things went from bad to worse as Jamie MacLaren scored a third for Hibs on the 22nd minute with a fantastically placed header as the Light Blues looked like they were going to vanish without a trace.
Just as it looked like Rangers were dead an buried the comeback was on as James Tavernier pulled one back three minutes later before Jordan Rossiter closed the gap to one in the 28th minute.
Hibs midfielder was ridiculously lucky to avoid a straight red card after a horrendous challenge on Rossiter in a nothing area of the pitch.
Substitute Bruno Alves levelled the game up with a sumptuous free-kick which left Ofir Marciano no chance as the Gers remarkably drew level before half-time.
After a 15-minute breather the second-half started in the same vein as the first but this time it was Rangers who struck first.
The Gers broke at speed before the ball fell to Jason Holt and the former Hearts midfielder swept the ball home and gave the Light Blues the lead for the first time.
Incredibly, there were still more goals to come as Holt’s strike deflected off Josh Windass to give the Gers a 5-3 lead before Maclaren struck for Hibs minutes later to again reduce the deficit to one.
With the goals seeming to have finally dried, referee Andrew Dallas flashed a red card at Holt for a second booking to set up a nervy final five minutes.
There was one last twist as MacLaren wrapped up his hat-trick to put the seal on a remarkable game and make it 5-5
Despite all the Gers; hard work on the final day, Aberdeen’s 1-0 win at Celtic Park means the Light Blues will finish third in the Scottish Premiership.
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