The Dutchman scored twice and reached the personal milestone of netting in three consecutive SPL matches – the first time he has done this since joining Rangers over four year ago.

In fairness, the result flattered Rangers but the fans were not really complaining. The question is whether Rangers can now go to Denmark and win on Wednesday.

And if it was to be Barry Ferguson’s final appearance at Ibrox it’s not one he will cherish. The skipper was subdued, perhaps understandably, and it remains to be seen exactly when he finally goes.

Maybe it’s the fact that Alex McLeish used to ply his managerial trade at Easter Road, but games between Rangers and Hibs since he took over at Ibrox have invariably been action packed.

In six meetings with Hibs before this game there were 26 goals scored and Rangers had won the lot of them. So it was perhaps of little surprise that this contest followed the same pattern.

Hibs drew first blood with a well-worked goal in 28 minutes. Tam McManus found space down the right side and measure a great cross towards the back post which swung away from Stefan Klos making it impossible for the German keeper to go for it.

Fernando Ricksen might have had it covered but the ball got all the way to Hibs captain Ian Murray who bulleted a header down into the ground and into the Rangers net.

Mikel Arteta might have equalised just two minutes later when he was given time and space at the edge of the Hibs box but he fired a left foot shot directly at Daniel Andersson.

However, it was only a matter of time before Rangers did draw level and it was a special moment for Michael Mols.

Paolo Vanoli powered down the left side in 33 minutes, swept the ball into the box and Mols flicked out his right boot to direct the ball into the right corner.

For the first time in his Rangers career, Mols had scored in three consecutive SPL matches and the fans in the Broomloan Stand lapped it up.

However, the Ibrox supporters had barely ended their celebration of the Mols strike when they were silenced again by a remarkable goal from McManus.

Yannick Zambernardi’s cross field pass in 35 minutes seemed relatively harmless but as it came out of the air at the right corner of the Rangers box McManus only had one thing on his mind.

He caught the ball first time and his stinging volley swerved viciously into the top left corner of the net. Klos did not have a hope of stopping it.

And so Rangers had to come back again. Cue Arteta to display his ability from a set piece situation to remedy the situation.

Mols won a corner on the left side of the Hibs goal in 42 minutes, Arteta whipped the ball over to the near post and it seemed to deflect off O’Connor before nestling in the back of the net.

In fairness, Rangers were probably relieved to go in level at half-time as they had not played to their capabilities while Hibs had displayed ambition and desire.

In the early moments of the second half there was little to suggest that the situation was going to change and when Hibs won a penalty just five minutes into the second period Alex McLeish must have wondered if it was going to be a bad day at the office.

There was little doubt about the award as Murray had slipped away from Berg and then was clearly tripped by Khizanishvili.

McManus stepped up to take the kick and drove his effort towards the right corner, but Klos threw himself to his left to make a superb save – his second spot kick save in recent times having stopped Lauren’s penalty in the pre-season friendly with Arsenal.

Bobby Williamson will argue that it was a pivotal moment and he will scarcely believe that his side ended up 5-2 losers but Ranges undoubtedly took confidence from the Klos block.

It was Mols who gave the Light Blues the lead with a trademark turn and finish in 62 minutes after Berg had played the ball into the box.

But it was only when Arteta’s artistry shone through again in 67 minutes that victory was assured.

Rangers won a free kick on the left side and his wicked delivery deceived everyone as it flew into the right corner of the Hibs net.

The game was won but there was a little bit extra to come. With six minutes remaining Mols cleverly laid Arveladze’s cross into the path of young Chris Burke, who had replaced the ineffectual Capucho, and the little winger gleefully fired the ball into the net.

Hey, you should have known. It’s always action-packed when Rangers meet Hibs.

The question now is whether the Light Blues can tighten up enough to gain the victory they crave in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

RANGERS: Klos; Ricksen, Berg, Khizanishvili (Malcolm 78), Ball; Capucho (Burke 66), Arteta, Ferguson, Vanoli (Nerlinger 64); Mols, Arveladze.

Subs not used: McGregor, Ross.

HIBS: Andersson, Smith, Zambernardi, Doumbe, Orman, Murray, Brebner, Riordan (Whittaker 89)), Brown, McManus (Glass 72), O’Connor (Dobbie (61)

Subs: Hyldgaard, Wiss.

Referee: Dougie McDonald

Man of the match: Michael Mols

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