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Rangers beat Hibernian

May 03, 2006 11:03 IST
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Rangers kept their flickering Champions League hopes alive on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League courtesy of a double strike from Kris Boyd.

Boyd completed a blistering move after Dado Prso and Thomas Buffel had prised open the defence allowing him to blast the ball high into the empty net from five metres out in 36 minutes for the opener.

Hibs levelled with an own goal from Rangers' Brahim Hemdani in the 72nd minute but Boyd flicked home the winner just a minute later into the far corner.

Third-placed Rangers now have 70 points from 37 matches while second-placed Hearts, with 71 from 36, can secure the Champions League slot by beating Aberdeen at home on Wednesday. Dundee United were beaten 1-0 by Dunfermline in the other Premier League fixture on Tuesday.

Champions Celtic, with 87 points from 36 matches, play Kilmarnock on Wednesday while Inverness Caley Thistle face Falkirk and relegated Livingston tackle Motherwell.

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Boyd took his Premier League goals tally to 30
with Kilmarnock and Rangers and he is now top scorer for both clubs. He scored 17 in all competitions for Kilmarnock before making a transfer window switch to Rangers where he now has 18.

"I didn't believe he would do so well and it is a credit to him to come to Rangers and show the mental toughness he has done to hit the ground running," manager Alex McLeish told BBC radio.

"It can take a lot of players time to settle in. But, his goal record is incredible, phenomenal."

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