Rangers top Scottish Premiership

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Glasgow Rangers went back to the top of the Scottish Premiership on Saturday, following a 3-0 win over Hibernian.

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Glasgow Rangers went back to the top of the Scottish Premiership on Saturday, following a 3-0 win over Hibernian at their Ibrox Stadium. Barry Ferguson made his return to the Rangers side following an 18-month spell at Blackburn Rovers south of the border, and his presence seemed to galvanise Alex McLeish's outfit. The game had barely started before Rangers' Spanish striker Nacho Novo shaved a post and it set the tone for a game completely dominated by the home side. But Rangers found it difficult to get past Hibs' English goalkeeper Simon Brown, who made a string of excellent saves, typified by denying Novo again and then Belgian striker Thomas Buffel on the half-hour. Brown was let down badly by his defence five minutes later though as Dado Prso rose completely unmarked at a corner to open the scoring with a solid header - nothing unlucky about his 13th goal of the season. Referee Craig Thomson awarded Rangers a penalty four minutes before the break for a questionable foul on Novo, but Brown stood firm again to deny Novo. However, five minutes after the restart, the Rangers striking trio combined to double the lead. Buffel and Novo created the opening and Prso collected his second of the game with a crisp left-foot shot. Buffel then added a third just past the hour to confirm that Rangers would go top of the Scottish League and their guests were put firmly in their place. (AP)

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