Hibs 3 - 2 Rangers: How the players rated on each side

Anthony Stokes is congratulated after Wes Foderingham's error allowed Hibs to take a 2-0 lead. Picture: SNS
Anthony Stokes is congratulated after Wes Foderingham's error allowed Hibs to take a 2-0 lead. Picture: SNS
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Craig Fowler gives his take on the performance of the players from each side after a thrilling match at Easter Road.

HIBS

Mark Oxley - 3

Didn’t have much to deal with and yet still made an error, allowing Tavernier’s wayward cross to strike the bar and land perfectly for Jason Holt to pull a goal back for Rangers just before half-time. Could possibly have also done better with McKay’s late stunner but did well to hold a late Holt shot.

David Gray - 6

Pushed further back than he’s normally used to but performed his defensive duties very well. Rangers had little joy going down the left-hand side.

Niklas Gunnarsson - 7

Made the most of his opportunity with a sound defensive performance on top of getting Hibs’ third goal with a wonderfully struck volley into the top corner of the net.

Darren McGregor - 7

Made a number of key blocks at the heart of the defence as he squared off against his former club. One from a low Tavernier cross a short time after Gunnarsson’s goal was of real importance.

Paul Hanlon - 7

Another member of the Hibs’ back-line who put in a solid performance. His header in the opposing penalty area led to Gunnarsson’s strike.

Lewis Stevenson - 6

Similar to Gray in so much that he was pegged back into his own half for long periods but still put in a good defensive shift. Made to work harder for his win bonus as the majority of Rangers’ attacks came down the Hibs left.

Fraser Fyvie - 7

Final ball was lacking on occasion but his strong and direct running helped Hibs gain in the advantage in the early going. Worked himself tirelessly until the very end.

Marvin Bartley - 8

Rangers found it almost impossible to cut through the centre of Hibs thanks largely to the performance of Bartley in the screener role protecting the back three. He seems to have a sixth sense for breaking up opposing attacks.

John McGinn - 8

Terrier-like performance from McGinn as the midfielder continually went tearing into tackles and came out with the football. Helped drive Hibs forward on the counter attack on numerous occasions.

Anthony Stokes - 7

An excellent first half from the on loan Celtic striker as he gave the opposing defenders a torrid time, including the cross that led to Wes Foderingham’s error. Fell out of it quite a bit in the second half but still helped ball drop for Gunnarsson to lash Hibs 3-1 up.

Jason Cummings - 8

Terrific running from Cummings all game as he pulled Rangers’ defenders across the park. Showed his eagerness to get on to Tavernier’s wayward throw to fire Hibs in front and linked better with Stokes than the pair have of late.

SUBS

James Keatings - 5

Couldn’t do much to impact the game after coming on for Cummings.

Chris Dagnall - n/a

RANGERS

Wes Foderingham - 3

Made a complete howler of Stokes’ cross that enabled Hibs to take a 2-0 lead. The cross wasn’t even heading in before Foderingham got a touch to it. Could do little with the other two goals.

James Tavernier - 4

Got forward to support with his usual gusto but endured a terrible night in terms of his distribution. While Kiernan should largely take the blame for Hibs’ first goal, Tavernier’s throw-in was ill-advised.

Rob Kiernan - 4

Struggled terribly to get to grips with the game in the opening 30 minutes, including allowing Tavernier’s wayward throw to continue through for Cummings. Improved from that point forward but the damage had been done.

Danny Wilson - 5

Didn’t struggle quite to the extent of his centre back partner, yet still went missing at Hibs’ third goal.

Lee Wallace - 6

Similar to Tavernier, he got forward often but couldn’t impact the game in the manner he wanted. An unusually quiet evening for him, though he was the strongest member of the back four defensively.

Jason Holt - 7

Solid in possession, battled away and tried to drive Rangers forward when he could. Rewarded for his performance with a close range goal after Oxley’s mistake. Almost tied the game up right at the end, directing his shot a little too close to Oxley.

Dominic Ball - 5

Caught out on a couple of occasions and was sacrificed for a more attacking option as the game began to slip away from Rangers.

Andy Halliday - 7

Like Holt he gave a good account of himself in the centre of the park against a Hibs trio that were right up for this contest.

Michael O’Halloran - 5

A couple of promising early touches and looked the only player playing at peak concentration in the early going. However, he soon fell out of the match and was routinely frustrated by the Hibs’ defenders.

Kenny Miller - 6

Dropped deeper and deeper to try and make things happen. Though he pulled off an occasional through ball, as a striker he found his opportunities to do damage inside the penalty area severely limited.

Barrie McKay - 8

Rangers’ best player tonight and, arguably, the best player on the park. A terrific strike brought Rangers back into the game at the end and, while he was another frustrated by the Hibs defence, always showed good touches on the ball and kept possession while probing.

SUBS

Gedion Zelalem - 6

Got on the ball often and helped Rangers keep possession as they turned up the pressure.

Billy King - 4

Didn’t have much of an impact after coming on for O’Halloran.

Dean Shiels - n/a