By: Hibernian Media on 12 Aug, 2017 21:15
Vykintas Slivka netted a spectacular first goal in green and white as Hibernian claimed all three points against ten-man Rangers with a thrilling 3-2 victory at Ibrox.
Simon Murray levelled after Alfredo Morelos had given the home side an early lead, before Ryan Jack was sent off.
The visitors capitalised, taking a 2-1 lead into the break through a James Tavernier own goal before Slivka volleyed in a third in the second half.
Tavernier headed in late on to reduce the deficit, but the men in green and white held on to take three points back along the M8 in the first meeting between the two sides since 2016.
Martin Boyle and Marvin Bartley missed out through injury, while Danny Swanson dropped to the bench after starting the 3-1 win over Partick Thistle last week.
Slivka, Anthony Stokes and the previously suspended Darren McGregor came into the starting line-up.
Rangers started their Ladbrokes Premiership campaign with a 2-1 win away at Fir Park and dropped striker Eduardo Herrera to the bench, replacing him with Colombian forward Morelos.
The visitors had won the previous two encounters between the sides, both by a 3-2 scoreline, however found themselves a goal down inside two minutes as Morelos rose to head a Daniel Candeias free-kick beyond Ofir Marciano.
And it could have been worse for the Leith side minutes later when a Marciano clearance rebounded off Kenny Miller before bouncing wide of the far post.
Stokes and Candeias were both booked inside the first ten minutes after tangling wide on the left before the Gers went within inches of doubling their advantage.
Josh Windass got beyond Lewis Stevenson before sliding it back for Miller, whose deflected effort rebounded off the post.
However, the Leith side profited from that miss almost instantly as they raced up the park to level the scores.
Murray picked the ball up wide on the left before skinning Fabio Cardoso and coolly slotting behind Wes Foderingham.
It continued an impressive start to the season for the Hibernian forward as he took his tally to ten for the campaign.
Stokes went close to putting the visitors in the lead on 29 minutes with a low drive that went narrowly wide, before an ill-tempered match finally spilled over nine minutes before half time.
A seemingly innocuous collision between Slivka and Graham Dorrans sparked volatile scenes on both sides resulting in Jack grabbing Dylan McGeouch before an angry exchange moments later with Stokes.
John Beaton consulted with officials before brandishing a red card, also booking McGeouch for his part in the altercation.
Hibernian wasted little time in making their man advantage count, taking the lead minutes later in bizarre fashion.
Murray’s persistence on the right led to the Hibernian forward hitting the byline before picking out Slivka in the six-yard box.
The Lithuanian midfielder’s shot hit both Cardoso and then Tavernier before trickling over the line, despite Foderingham’s best efforts.
The hosts had Foderingham to thank for keeping it at 2-1 before half-time as he stretched to push away a John McGinn drive from 20 yards.
Rangers made two changes at the break, sending on Herrera and Danny Wilson, however it was the visitors who went closest to finding the net after the interval.
Murray spun on the edge of the area but fired just wide of the far post before bulleting a header wide of the target from a McGinn cross.
The home side stirred, but after Morelos and Cardoso wasted decent chances, the visitors struck the killer blow in thumping fashion.
Slivka turned two Rangers defenders on the edge of the area from a Stevenson throw-in before firing a dipping volley into the bottom corner to net for the first time since joining from Juventus in the summer.
Efe Ambrose saw his looping header clawed over by Foderingham and Murray fired into the side netting as the Leith side looked to put a gloss on the result.
But it was Rangers who claimed one back with nine minutes remaining as Tavernier rose to meet a Wilson cross, renewing hope of a comeback by Caixinha’s men.
Bruno Alves bent a late free-kick over the bar, but it was Neil Lennon’s men who made it six points from a possible six as they continued their impressive start to the season.
Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, Cardoso, Jack, Miller, Dorrans, Windass, Hodson (Herrara, 45), Morelos (Pena, 65), Candeias (Wilson, 45), Alves. Unused substitutes: Alnwick, Rossiter, Kranjcar, Holt.
Hibernian: Marciano, Ambrose, McGregor, Hanlon, Whittaker, McGeouch, Slivka (Gray, 89), McGinn, Stevenson, Stokes, S. Murray (Swanson, 82). Unused substitutes: Laidlaw, Fontaine, Matulevicius, Shaw, F. Murray.
Referee: John Beaton