Steven Gerrard said it was like “déjà vu” at Easter Road tonight. And it was, only with two goals, some even dodgier officiating and a bit of that famous Hibee exuberance.
Rangers absolutely dominated this match. In fact, at times we’ve played as well as we have all season back to front. Just as we did at the same ground in December.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) March 8, 2019
Save being consistently wasteful in the final third, we were sublime and sleek in transitioning into it. Our midfield played off each other brilliantly, Kent was almost unplayable, and Rangers looked like a well-oiled machine. We threw this away.
We were just an inch off having the final play or the perfect goal. For all of our good work, we never actually looked like we had the cojones to go out there and finish it. The signs were ominous after the break.
But whilst we should’ve had this match out of sight, Rangers were not helped by some weak officiating.
Granted McGregor went, but some 80 minutes too late. Gray on Morelos and Kamberi on Kamara were also horrendous fouls. Without going into any of the other more contentious shouts, some of the tackling from Hibs was horrendous.
Whilst it had an influence, Rangers rose above it. It’s sour grapes to put this result at the feet of the ref. We should’ve still had enough to see off Hibs even with 11 men on the pitch. But we didn’t. We looked like we couldn’t.
It wasn’t just déjà vu at Easter Road tonight. How many times have we seen that story this season?
For Hibs, if this is painting is anything to go by, it’s a result that’ll probably make their season.