Jermain Defoe’s first Rangers hat-trick ensured the club’s perfect start to the Scottish Premiership continued against 10-man Hibernian at Ibrox.

The former England striker finished twice in five minutes, before Daryl Horgan pulled one back.

But after the visitors had Sean Mackie sent off for a , Defoe nodded in his third, scored two and Sheyi Ojo completed the rout.

Rangers join rivals as the only team to make a 100% start.

Manager made three changes after his side’s impressive 4-2 win away to Midtjylland in the midweek, including Defoe coming in for Morelos.

And the striker spearheaded an electric start by the hosts, as he was alert twice in the box to finish smartly and put Hibernian firmly on the back foot.

Gerrard would have been frustrated as his side passed up further chances and then Scott Allan’s superb pass teed up Horgan to slot home and give Hibernian a glimmer of hope.

But after Mackie’s earned him a second booking, the chances of a comeback by the Edinburgh side were greatly reduced.

Defoe nodded in Steven Davis’ cross to wrap things up, before Morelos finished emphatically twice to give Gerrard a welcome selection headache for Thursday’s return against Midtjylland.

Ojo then tapped home for Rangers to complete a thumping victory.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 19KaticBooked at 17mins
  • 15FlanaganSubstituted forHallidayat 80′minutes
  • 8Jack
  • 10Davis
  • 17Aribo
  • 11OjoBooked at 12mins
  • 9DefoeSubstituted forMorelosat 76′minutes
  • 22JonesSubstituted forStewartat 76′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Edmundson
  • 13Foderingham
  • 16Halliday
  • 20Morelos
  • 23Docherty
  • 24Stewart
  • 37Arfield

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 3Whittaker
  • 24McGregorBooked at 5mins
  • 4Hanlon
  • 43MackieBooked at 55mins
  • 14Mallan
  • 6VelaBooked at 31mins
  • 7HorganSubstituted forGrayat 57′minutes
  • 23AllanSubstituted forKamberiat 67′minutes
  • 11NewellSubstituted forMurrayat 45′minutes
  • 9DoidgeBooked at 16mins

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 8Slivka
  • 18Jackson
  • 22Kamberi
  • 28Maxwell
  • 32Shaw
  • 33Murray
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
49,718

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home34
Away6
Shots on Target
Home19
Away4
Corners
Home14
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 6, Hibernian 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 6, Hibernian 1.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 6, Hibernian 1. Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 5, Hibernian 1. (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by .

Attempt missed. Ryan Jack (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Andrew Halliday (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

Attempt saved. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Josh Vela.

Andrew Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Andrew Halliday replaces Jon Flanagan.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 4, Hibernian 1. (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. replaces Jordan Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. replaces Jermain Defoe.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 3, Hibernian 1. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Davis.

Attempt saved. Jordan Jones (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Attempt blocked. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by David Gray.

Delay in match because of an injury David Gray (Hibernian).

Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. James Tavernier (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Stephen Mallan.

Attempt saved. Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Florian Kamberi replaces Scott Allan.

Foul by Ryan Jack (Rangers).

Stephen Mallan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Sheyi Ojo (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jordan Jones (Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

Attempt saved. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Attempt missed. Jermain Defoe (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. David Gray replaces Daryl Horgan.

goal

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here