Rangers’ Scottish Premiership rivals Hibernian have been rocked this afternoon by the decision to sack manager Paul Heckingbottom.

The Edinburgh club has reportedly taken the extreme decision to remove Heckingbottom after a string of bad results and a poor season which sees underachieving Hibs 10th in the Scottish Premiership.

Former St. Mirren boss Jack Ross has been installed as the early favourite for the job at Easter Road and Heckingbottom’s departure follows a 5-2 humbling against Celtic in the Betfred Cup.

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Paul Heckingbottom, 42, leaves after being in charge at Hibs for the last nine months.

Whilst Heckingbottom started well in the Easter Road role, steering the club to ten games unbeaten in his first 10 games in charge, things have turned sour at the end of last season.

The Hibees failed to win any of their five post-split matches and have only taken nine points from a possible 33 this season.

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The decision to sack Heckingbottom almost mirrors the situation going on at Edinburgh rivals Hearts.

Paul Heckingbottom is no longer at the wheel of Hibs. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Tynecastle club revealed that Craig Levein would be stepping down as head coach [Hearts] just days before Hearts were set to face Rangers at Hampden in the Betfred Cup Semi-Final.

Rangers also have a player on loan at Hibernian in Glenn Middleton, and it will be interesting to see how the managerial change affects his opportunities in Edinburgh.

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