Hibernian 2 – 2 Rangers

Josh Campbell’s brilliant stoppage-time goal earned Hibs a 2-2 draw with a nine-man Rangers to end the 100 per cent away game in the Scottish Premiership.

Following straight reds from John Lundstram and substitute Alfredo Morelos after the break, the hosts’ dominance finally paid off.

Martin Boyle disallowed James Tavernier’s penalty, before Tom Lawrence’s header put Rangers back in the lead.

While Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have dropped points in the league for the first time this season, Hibs pulled off a spectacular late equalizer in their second successive home game.

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hib: Marshall (7), Porteous (6), Bushiri (6), Hanlon (6), Cadden (6), Henderson (7), Doyle-Hayes (5), Newell (7), Campbell (8), Boyle (8 ), Youan (7)

Substitutes: Doidge (6), Cabraja (6), Miller (6), Bojang (5)

Forest ranger: McLaughlin (6), Tavernier (6), Goldson (8), Sands (5), Barisic (7), Jack (5), Lundstram (4), Gracias (5), Lawrence (6), Kent (6), Tail 6)

Substitutes: Davis (5), Arfield (5), Morelos (3), King (5)

Man of the match: Boyle

How Hibs ended Rangers’ league-winning start

Josh Campbell's late goal gave Hibs a draw with Rangers
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Josh Campbell’s late goal gave Hibs a draw with Rangers

Hibs boss Lee Johnson made four changes from the team that started the loss in Livingston last weekend as Marijan Cabraja, Jair Tavares, Nohan Kenneh and Elias Melkersen dropped out to make way for Campbell, Rocky Bushiri, Martin Boyle and Jake Doyle-Hayes.

Despite having a huge Champions League play-off second leg in the Netherlands on Wednesday, Van Bronckhorst made only two changes to the squad that started the 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven in the opener at Ibrox. on Tuesday as Steven Davis and Malik Tillman was replaced by Ryan Jack and Rabbi Matondo.

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James Tavernier gives Rangers the lead from the penalty spot at Easter Road

After a fairly even start to the match, Rangers had their first notable chance in the 22nd minute, but Antonio Colak was unable to contain his header after being intercepted on the edge of the box by a cross from Borna Barisic.

Johnson took a bold call in the 27th minute when he opted to make a double substitution, replacing Ewan Henderson, who had just been booked, and Paul Hanlon with Cabraja and Christian Doidge.

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Martin Boyle drives home from close range to draw Hibs level with Rangers at Easter Road

The visitors began to increase the pressure towards halftime and Tavernier fired a half-volley just wide from the edge of the box in the 42nd minute.

Rangers were awarded a penalty in the last minute of the first half when Colak fell in the box after Bushiri unnecessarily pulled him while Hibs goalkeeper David Marshall was in the process of clearing a pass.

The hosts protested the decision furiously, but Tavernier kept his cool to score the penalty kick to give the visitors the lead.

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Tom Lawrence leads Rangers in front at Easter Road against Hibs

Hibs struck back five minutes after the break when Boyle stepped between two Rangers defenders to send the ball at close range after Elie Youan ran into a beautiful pass from Campbell and sent in a low shot from the left.

Rangers regained their lead in the 58th minute when Lawrence headed in Barisic’s cross at the end of an excellent flowing attack.

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John Lundstram receives a straight red for a cynical foul on Martin Boyle at Easter Road

However, things began to unravel for the visitors in the 66th minute, when referee Willie Collum showed Lundstram a red card after he cynically hit Boyle from behind as he tried to mount a counterattack midway inside the half. of the Rangers.

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Josh Campbell’s late volley makes it 2-2 at Easter Road as Hibernian and Rangers share a draw

Things took a turn for the worse for last season’s Europa League finalists in the 75th minute when striker Morelos, who had come off the bench just 13 minutes earlier, was sent off for arming Cabraja.

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Substitute Alfredo Morelos receives a straight red as Rangers go down to nine men against Hibs

Thereafter, Hibs besieged the Rangers goal and eventually equalized in stoppage time when Campbell, who scored a late winner in the opening day win at St Johnstone, volleyed in from the edge of the area.

What the managers said

Hibs boss Lee Johnson was not happy with the Rangers’ punishment:

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Hibernian manager Lee Johnson felt Rangers were handed a soft penalty in their game and hopes the introduction of VAR will bring more consistency to refereeing decisions.

“It was dramatic and it had to be dramatic. In the first half we didn’t put a glove on them, but we prepared aggressively and made changes to get the most out of it.”

“In the second half, we really had a chance. We left three up front and played a high baseline. That led to incidents and goals that were a by-product of our aggressive play.

“If you give Rangers that penalty every time, there would be 100 penalties a week in this league. It was a very soft grab of the waist.”

“We needed a little bit of magic to get the equalizer and I actually thought there might have been a little more stoppage time as well to help us get some other shots.”

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst felt John Lundstram’s red card was harsh:

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Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst says John Lundstram’s red card was harsh and he’s disappointed they couldn’t hold out for three points against Hibernian at Easter Road.

“It’s a game where a lot of things happened and it was very physical.

“We were fighting for the win and almost managed to get away with the three points, but in stoppage time Hibs fell into the right position.”

“We worked hard to deny them the goal, but we fell short.

“In the first half I saw some passionate tackles and the referee decided whether to consider red or yellow cards.

“John Lundstram was unlucky enough to get the red card. I think it was a foul, but the decision to give a red card surprised me.

“Morelos’ red card is one I haven’t seen in the past, so we’ll have to review that one.

“For our penalty, I saw Antonio try to put pressure on the goalkeeper and it was a foul in the penalty area. I wasn’t clear on the rules so I had a discussion with the linesman to discuss whether it was a clear goal or not.” chance.”

Whats Next?

Rangers travel to face PSV Eindhoven in the second leg of their Champions League tie before a home game against Ross County in the Scottish Premiership on August 27.

Hibernian are out of St Mirren on the same day. Both games start at 3:00 p.m.

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