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Momentum is swinging in Rangers' favour, insists Stuart McCall

Hibernian 0- 2 Rangers

By Gavin McCafferty

Rangers boss Stuart McCall feels his side's 2-0 win over Hibernian could be a major shot in the arm for their promotion hopes after they finally ended a poor run against the Edinburgh teams.

Rangers had lost all five of their Scottish Championship games against Hibs and Hearts before their Easter Road win, which handed the title to Robbie Neilson's side.

Rangers had only won one out of their previous nine games and had drawn five in a row while Hibs had won their previous seven.

So the victory had added significance other than reducing Rangers' deficit on second-placed Hibs to three points.

McCall said: "We are delighted with the performance and the result. It's only one game but what it will do is restore a bit of confidence, which has obviously been sorely lacking.

"If we want to go back into the top league then we will have to play Hibs in a two-legged decider.

"If we had got beaten again then that would have been four defeats, so that will naturally help.

"We want to go into the play-offs with a bit of momentum, spirit and confidence."

McCall got his tactics spot-on - his three centre-halves restricted Hibs to few chances while allowing wing-backs Lee Wallace and Darren McGregor to get forward.

Wallace scored a 44th-minute opener after McGregor had almost got on the end of Nicky Clark's cross and the left wing-back played a significant, if controversial, role in Kenny Miller's second with 10 minutes left.

"We played a bit of a different shape to get into areas where we can cause them problems," McCall said.

"We subdued them quite well and caught them on the counter. You can talk about formations and tactics but the bottom line is if the players show desire, then it's about players."

Hibs boss Alan Stubbs felt referee Willie Collum spoiled the finale after failing to give a free-kick when Wallace ran into Paul Hanlon. The Hibs defender's clearance fell for Miller, who slotted home.

Stubbs said: "He's there to get the big calls right and he got one very wrong. Everyone could see it was a foul. There's no way you can dress it up - it was a foul."

Hibernian: Oxley, Gray, Hanlon, Fontaine, Stevenson, Fyvie, Robertson, McGeouch, Allan, Malonga, Dja Djedje. Substitutions: Stanton (Robertson, 78 mins), Boyle (Dja Djedje, 69 mins).

Rangers: Bell, Zaliukas, McCulloch, Mohsni, McGregor, Murdoch, Law, Wallace, Miller, Clark, Shiels. Substitutions: Black (Shiels, 75 mins), Vuckic (Miller, 85 mins).

Man of the match: Lee Wallace

Match rating: 6/10

Referee: Willie Collum

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