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
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
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
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.
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.