Hibs pushed Rangers all the way at Ibrox but it wasn’t to be in the end, losing 1-0 at Ibrox.

Ianis Hagi handed Rangers a half-time lead despite Hibs’ decent play in the first half. The Hibees continued to press effectively in the second half and had chances to level proceedings, but the Gers held firm for a narrow win.

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Rangers beat Hibs at Ibrox. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Jack Ross’ men headed to Ibrox in good form, unbeaten in nine and pushing as far as second in the table. Despite their good away form this term, Hibs knew this would be the toughest trip yet.

It almost started perfectly for them. Josh Doig skipped away from the influential James Tavernier, hammering a great ball into the box for Martin Boyle, but his outstretched foot couldn’t make contact.

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The opening 15 minutes were played in the Rangers half as Hibs imposed their game on the hosts, but nothing was coming off in attack. They would come close after 20 minutes, Joe Newell’s fantastic pass finding Kevin Nisbet, but he couldn’t convert.

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Close call. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Ross was without number one Ofir Marciano for this clash as deputy Dillon Barnes stepped in. His first moment of the match was a huge one, denying Connor Goldson’s header from close range with a superb reaction save.

Soon Barnes would be beaten. Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo linked up well before Kemar Roofe managed to guide the ball into the path of Hagi, the Romanian’s effort sneaking past Barnes’ outstretched boot.

Boyle had a couple of chances before half-time as Hibs perhaps found themselves unfortunate to not be at least level at the interval. The second half started tightly before Barnes was called upon again after the hour-mark.

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Good stops. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Another corner into the Hibs box was eventually scrambled to Leon Balogun, who was somehow stopped by Barnes. The away team had chances too, Newell perhaps denied a penalty by Hagi’s high boot and Boyle again going close.

15 minutes were left on the clock and Hibs were still well in this match. Melker Hallberg would go so close, his terrific bending effort saved brilliantly by Allan McGregor with six minutes to play.

Alfredo Morelos missed a big late chance to finish things for Rangers but again Barnes stood tall. In the end it didn’t matter as Hibs fell just short of taking a positive result back to Easter Road. Here are three things we learned.

9/10

A first defeat in 10 games was had for Hibs against Rangers, bringing an end to a good run of form. But Ross will have taken plenty from this after his side more than matched their hosts.

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Ross will still find positives. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Hibs had many chances to score and dominated play at times, beaten by a moment of Rangers quality. With a big gap between the top four and fifth, Ross’ men are still well on track for a European spot.

The standouts

During this task, there were two particular Hibees who shone. The first is Newell, who’s passing in this was sublime, splitting Rangers open numerous times. He was also able to show some dig and determination in defence.

Young left-back Doig was handed the unenviable task of shackling Tavernier and he did so effectively. Rangers’ top man wasn’t as effective like he has been in previous matches and Doig caused him many problems going the other way.

An able deputy

QPR loanee Barnes made his first Premiership start at Ibrox, following an injury to Marciano. He’s performed well in the League Cup matches he’s played in and did himself no harm here.

Barnes was brilliant. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

He made two fantastic saves from Balogun and Goldson, Barnes managing to command his box well and distribute effectively. Hibs have an able deputy to cover for their Israeli international.

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