Rangers 2-0 Hibs: Three Stars of the Game

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Courtesy of Rangers FC

It was difficult to narrow it down to three after such a spirited, collective performance, but I thought these three were reliable throughout and worked like Trojans.

First Star: Andy Murdoch

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Courtesy of The Scottish Sun

The diminutive midfielder put in another dogged performance in the heart of the Rangers midfield. Up against a strong Hibs midfield containing the likes of Scott Robertson, Liam Craig and Fraser Fyvie, he had the job of nullifying the threat of Championship Player of the Year, Scott Allan. It wasn’t a man marking job as such but the sense of responsibility he displayed for a youngster only 17 appearances into his Ibrox career was admirable.

When Hibs looked to counter us, you felt reassured by his presence knowing that he would have spotted the danger and would be ready to sweep up any threats. Acting as a shield for the back four, he was constantly patrolling the midfield, checking to see if there were any gaps to be filed before nipping at the toes of whoever dared try and find space in the pockets.

However, it is not just a steel that he has added to the midfield, it is a composure on the ball that had been badly lacking. He may not do anything spectacular but he does everything very well; keeping his passes short and simple rather than trying the Roy of the Rovers stuff that others have attempted previously. Many of the things he does goes unnoticed by some but it is the minor details which prevented Hibs leaving Ibrox with a goal.

A performance which McCall would have been proud of by a player who has established himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Second Star: Richard Foster 

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Courtesy of Rangers FC

I have to admit, I have been critical of Foster nearly every game he has played this season. However, since returning from injury he looks to have a new found confidence and determination about his game. No longer is he going through the motions, making sloppy passes or switching off from a cross. He is focusing on the job and is making the right decisions.

Stevenson looked to push him back in the early stages which he duly did, but in the second half especially he was bombing down the right channel far more than Wallace who seemed scared to reach the by-line in the first forty five minutes.

He registered his third assist in as many games when he made a smart, well timed diagonal run in behind Stevenson who was preoccupied by Vuckic. Running onto a great flick, he had the vision to pick out Clark who turned the ball home with aplomb.

When under pressure in the last twenty minutes there were several occasions when a dinked cross to the back post left him isolated but he stood firm and dealt with the danger calmly.

A solid performance from someone who is showing that he has more to offer than what he has previously produced.

Third Star: Kenny Miller

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Courtesy of Rangers FC

Many predicted that he would be rested for the Easter Road game due to the demand of playing three play-off games in the space of a week, but he produced another trademark tireless performance.

Partnered by Clark, both ran themselves into the ground but Miller had the more quality to his game. Cammy Bell looked for him from goal-kicks and we found success in that tactic as his knock-ons caused uncertainty in the back line of Hibs. His link-up play was much sharper than on Sunday as he quickly brought in the fullbacks when he received the ball with his back to goal.

But it was on the 63rd minute that his quality shone through. Latching on to a Wallace header, he stroked home with the outside of his left boot into the far corner. After seeing replays he may have been a touch offside when the ball glanced off Vuckic but it was impossible for the linesman to see from his angle.

He looked disappointed to go off as he received a standing ovation but he was running on empty after he had put his heart and soul into it as usual.

Magic Moment 

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Courtesy of Rangers FC

Confronted by two Hibs players on the edge of the box, we expected him to try and shift the ball onto his left foot. Instead, he patiently toyed with Craig and Stevenson who got too attracted to the ball before spotting the run of Foster who was steaming in from wide. With a delicate scoop over the top of the latter’s head, a few seconds later the Rangers were one ahead.

In a game where he didn’t see as much of the ball as he would have liked, he produced the vital touch of class to unlock the door.

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12 thoughts on “Rangers 2-0 Hibs: Three Stars of the Game

  1. Don’t know how Law can get any votes ,he was not in the game at any time you can count on one hand how many good games he has had since he signed with Rangers I would be happy if he put 90 minutes into a game no heart or guts .

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    1. Granted, it wasn’t one of his better games but he’s been one of our better players this year IMO. I don’t believe that he hides on the park or doesn’t work hard, just think he’s a confidence player.

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  2. The best player on the park last night was a rangers man, but he was wearing a hibs strip. Scott Allen was skilful & intelligent and his crossing of the ball is something we have missed at ibrox for years. Sign him up please. Quality!

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    1. I thought he showed his quality in flashes but looked frustrated with his team-mates. Very composed on the ball and would give us a bit of drive and creativity that we’re currently missing. Depending on the price I’d love to see him at Ibrox next year too.

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    2. He offered his services to Rangers last season but the idiot we had as a manager Mo McCoist told him that he did not need his type of player. Thank god he was given his jotters or we might not have Andy Murdoch starring for us now

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  3. Rangers have scored the first goal at important stages in both play off games so far, right on the stroke of half time at QotS and again v Hibs and also enjoyed a bit of luck as well (Reilly running through on goal at 0-1 before making a hash of it and Cummings missing a sitter last night at 0-0) Having watched the Hibs game, I suspect fans are pleased Hibs didn’t have their shooting boots on. One wonders if Rangers are now destined to go up if they keep it tight at Easter Road only Motherwell will stand in the way. I have a feeling that we will have a stern test on Saturday however

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  4. Andy ,
    Rangers missed chances in both these games too and deserved to win both .We should be giving credit to the team for doing what we asked …they showed fight and commitment for 90mins and even when Hibs were knocking it around they kept their shape and belief and won through.We have been asking for this all season so we should be happy when we get it. I didn`t think was had one failure on Wednesday night and I don`t remember saying that for a long time .
    And Steve , while I also thing Scott Allen should be a Rangers player (another McCoist mistake ) I don`t think he was the best player on the park on Wednesday night , young Murdoch took that honour .

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  5. Just talking with my son today who watched the game delayed, as a young Rangers fan he wasn’t impressed with the behaviour of the fans in the Broomloan Rd to quote him “Dad if they were Celtic fans we’d be calling them scum”. If ‘We Are The People’ then the quicker we stamp out this behaviour the better

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    1. As in the people throwing paper at the keeper and Allan? It was maybe funny the first time but after it was just boring and unnecessary. Scum is maybe a bit harsh, no? After all, it was just scrunched up paper.

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  6. The three best players for me were Murdoch who put in a great display in the holding midfield role. Shiels looks a player in is playmaker role and makes good passes. And Miller put on a performance we haven’t seen in years.

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  7. I was thinking about Shiels but I thought Foster deserved praise for how well he performed given the criticism he comes in for. Murdoch has been brilliant lately, you know what you’re going to get from him every time he steps onto the park.

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