Kenny Miller returned to haunt the club where he first started his professional career by scoring twice at Easter Road, as Rangers beat Hibernian 3-0. Algerian Majid Bougherra scored the other goal for Rangers.
Miller opened the scoring on the half-hour mark. After a good counter-attack following a Hibernian corner, the ball was played wide to Kirk Broadfoot, who placed an almost perfect cross into the six-yard box. Kenny Miller took advantage with a fantastic diving header to put the Gers up 1-0.
Nine minutes later, Hibs found themselves 2-0 down. Old boy Miller again found the back of Yves Ma Kalambay's net.
After fantastic interplay from Pedro Mendes, Broadfoot, and Miller, the latter created enough space on the edge of the box for Broadfoot to lay it off for him, so he could hit a fine strike into the back of the net.
In the second half, Hibs started the brighter and started to push themselves back into the game.
But as they pushed further and further, they could not find a goal and got stretched at the back further and further. Unfortunately for them, Rangers took advantage and found a third goal.
After giving away a free-kick on the edge of the box, another former Hibs man, Kevin Thomson, delivered a great ball into the box for Majid Bougherra, who left marker Rob Jones to poke home a third for Rangers on 73 minutes.
All in all, a good win for Rangers, and one that sees them stay three points clear of Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.
After speaking to Setanta Sports, Rangers manager Walter Smith was delighted with his side's performance.
"We’re very satisfied with the performance, we played very well in the game.
"We started very well in the first 25 minutes or so, and Hibs started to come into the game towards the end of the first half. I thought we started slowly in the second half but eventually we got the third goal and we finished quite strongly.
"So, overall, a really good win in a place that has always been difficult for us to come and win."
Also speaking to Setanta Sports was Hibernian manager Mixu Paatelainen, who wasn't so happy with his side's performance.
"I’m very disappointed, we never started the game. Our passing from the first minute was really, really poor. We gave the ball away far too easily and defensively we were all over the place.
"After the initial 20 minutes I thought we got back into the game and we were fortunate not to be a goal down by that point already. Then we got three fantastic opportunities to score a goal and take the lead, but we didn’t take those chances and they punished us.
"Again we are on the backfoot, we are on our heels, not on our toes ready to defend and star strikers like Kenny Miller punish you."
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