Rangers 2-3 Hibernian: Vykintas Slivka sinks Rangers in ill-tempered victory
Last Updated: 14/08/17 11:29am
Hibernian came from behind to beat 10-man Rangers 3-2 in an ill-tempered Scottish Premiership clash at Ibrox.
It was first meeting between the two clubs since the 2016 Scottish Cup final where David Gray scored a stoppage-time winner to give Hibs victory by the same scoreline, and there was no little drama in this encounter.
Gers' Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos headed in a Daniel Candeias free-kick with just two minutes played before striker Simon Murray levelled for the visitors.
Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack was shown a straight red card by referee John Beaton in the 35th minute following a melee, and then Hibs took the lead soon after with a James Tavernier own goal.
Midfielder Vykintas Slivka drove in a third in the 65th minute before Tavernier reduced the deficit with a header, but Hibs held firm for the victory.
It had promised to be so different for Pedro Caixinha's men when Morelos, who had scored a double in the 6-0 win over Dunfermline on Wednesday night to open his account in Light Blue, leapt to head in a Daniel Candeias free-kick from wide on the right, sparking scenes of delight among the Gers supporters.
The stadium was still rocking when an attempted clearance from Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano rebounded off Rangers skipper Kenny Miller and slipped past the post.
Hibs striker Anthony Stokes, a former Celtic player, and Gers defender James Tavernier were both booked by referee John Beaton as tempers frayed.
The Easter Road side steadied themselves and began to work their way back into the game.
Miller almost made it two for the home side when his left-footed shot from 10 yards from a Josh Windass cut-back hit the post, but Hibs raced up the pitch and Murray jinked easily into the Gers box before sending a low drive past 'keeper Wes Foderingham.
The goal was enjoyed by Hibs boss Neil Lennon, who, the last time he was at the ground in 2012 as Celtic manager, watched from the media room having been banned from the dugout for the second half by the referee Calum Murray.
The game erupted again when Light Blues midfielder Graham Dorrans reacted after a foul by Hibs counterpart Slivka and when Beaton brought some order to the chaos it was Jack who was sent packing, perhaps for raising his hands at Dylan McGeouch.
Moments later, Hibs took the lead when Tavernier, in attempting to stop a Slivka shot, could only turn the ball into his own net with Foderingham clawing desperately to keep it out.
With 10 minutes remaining Wilson's cross from the left was headed in by Tavernier from 12 yards to give Rangers some hope but they just could not muster a third and it was the travelling support who hailed the final whistle.