Four-star Gers crush Hibees

Rangers moved to within a point of Celtic at the top of the SPL on Saturday with a convincing 4-0 victory against Hibernian at Ibrox.

Last Updated: 28/01/12 at 17:18

Davis: Celebrates one of his goals

Davis: Celebrates one of his goals

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Nikica Jelavic missed the clash at Ibrox through illness but skipper Steven Davis claimed a double and David Healy and Sone Aluko grabbed a goal apiece against 10-man Hibs.

With rivals Celtic in Scottish League Cup action this weekend, the victory allowed Rangers to give their title hopes a much-needed boost.

They made one change from the side who drew with Aberdeen at the same venue last week.

With Jelavic absent, Gregg Wylde was drafted into the side, while new signing Mervan Celik was named on the bench.

Hibs were without suspended duo Leigh Griffiths and Garry O'Connor, while James McPake - later sent off - and Tom Soares made their debuts from the start.

Rangers had an early chance to take the lead when Carlos Bocanegra saw his header blocked and the ball fell for Aluko, whose shot cannoned off McPake, who was wearing the captain's armband for the visitors.

Aluko then attempted to turn provider and released Lee Wallace through on goal but he was flagged offside before unleashing the shot.

At the other end, Soares threaded into the path of Eoin Doyle but Kyle Bartley came to the rescue with a timely tackle before the Hibs forward could shoot.

Rangers looked more likely to find the back of the net and Maurice Edu was not too far away when he collected a cut-back from Aluko and sent a powerful strike fizzing just past the post.

The home side's pressure paid off as they opened the scoring after 27 minutes when Davis raced onto an Aluko ball and rifled past the grasp of goalkeeper Mark Brown.

Rangers could have doubled their lead moments later when Edu had another go from distance but, again, was off target with a well-struck shot, before Wylde sent a free-kick just over the crossbar shortly before half-time.

Hibs emerged for the second half determined to haul themselves back into the game and Ivan Sproule burst down the left flank before squaring for David Wotherspoon but he was unable to connect in front of goal and the chance was lost.

Their hopes of a comeback were dealt a blow when Rangers doubled their advantage after 55 minutes.

Healy pounced on a long ball from Sasa Papac and took advantage of a mix-up in the Hibs defence to stroke home from the edge of the box with goalkeeper Brown off his line.

The home fans then screamed for handball against McPake but no penalty award was forthcoming from referee Charlie Richmond, before Edu's thunderous effort crashed off the post.

With 64 minutes gone, Rangers threw Celik into the action to make his debut.

However, it proved to be a maiden bow to forget for McPake who was shown a second yellow card for a challenge on Edu after 71 minutes, with the American midfielder quickly withdrawn for Lee McCulloch.

The match took a further turn for the worse for the Edinburgh club when Rangers netted their third of the day from the resulting free-kick a minute later.

Aluko had been instrumental in much of the game and was rewarded with a goal of his own when he sent a curling effort into the top corner, leaving Brown with no chance.

Davis then put the gloss on the win deep into injury time when he drove home from 10 yards to claim a double.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Sunday, 21 December 2014
12:15
Dundee U 2-1 Celtic Report
Saturday, 20 December 2014
15:00
Aberdeen 1-0 Kilmarnock Report
Partick 1-1 Dundee Report
Ross Co 0-1 Hamilton Report
St J'stone 1-0 Inverness Report
St Mirren 0-1 Motherwell Report
Sunday, 14 December 2014
13:00
Celtic 4-1 St Mirren Report
Saturday, 13 December 2014
15:00
Dundee U 0-2 Aberdeen Report
Hamilton 2-1 Dundee Report
Inverness 0-4 Partick Report

Footer 365

Premier League: Martin Skrtel's late header earns Liverpool 2-2 draw with Arsenal

A 97th-minute bullet header from defender Martin Skrtel earned Liverpool a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday.

Transfer news: Labour MP Iain Wright warns Hartlepool against signing Ched Evans

Labour MP Iain Wright has told Hartlepool to "think again" over their interest in signing convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Premier League: Neil Warnock blasts officials after Crystal Palace's 3-0 defeat at Man City

Neil Warnock said the decision to disallow a Crystal Palace goal in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City was "disgraceful".

Mail Box

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

Players Plainly Wearing The Wrong Strip...

There are some players who just look plain daft in whatever shirt they're wearing. Like Cesc and Robin. It's a cracking mailbox with a load of different themes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property