Hibernian made it two wins out of two, after promotion to the top flight, with a 3-2 win over ten-man Rangers.
Rangers took the lead after three minutes through Alfredo Morelos before Simon Murray equalised for Neil Lennon’s side.
James Tavernier deflected a Vykintas Slivka shot into the back of his own goal giving Hibernian a half-time lead following Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack being sent off for a straight red card.
Into the second half, Slivka extended Hibernian’s lead, before a late header from James Tavernier pulled a goal back to make the scoreline look closer than what it was.
Hibs remain unbeaten this season across all competitions and Saturday’s 3-0 victory matches the previous two meetings between the two sides – all won by Hibs by the same scoreline.- including the 2016 Scottish Cup Final.
Speaking after the victory, Hibs manager Neil Lennon said: “We bounced back really well. It was a cauldron; the atmosphere was white hot. Once we weathered a strong start from Rangers, we got the ball down and started to play. We were brave.
“I didn’t enjoy the first 15 minutes, we didn’t start very well at all and Rangers came out of the blocks very well.”
“I was really disappointed with the first goal we conceded from the set play.
“But once we found our feet we were excellent. I think we thoroughly deserved to win. We scored a great equaliser and grew into the game.
“The red card put us in the ascendancy and we made the most of the numerical advantage. My only criticism is that we didn’t win by more.
“We played great in the second half and made the pitch big. We cut them open at times but were a bit wasteful in front of goal.
“Against a team like Rangers, and I have to say there is a definite improvement there, you have got to make sure when you are on top you don’t have a frantic finish.
“With the quality they have, they managed a second goal but we saw the game out quite well.
“There won’t be many teams come here and win, with the backing Rangers have and the intensity they play with. We’ve seen it off today, which is great.”
Lennon added: “I knew what I was getting with Marciano, Ambrose, Stokes and Whittaker,
“Simon Murray has been a revelation and Slivka could be a very good player. I’ve been really impressed watching him in training and had no hesitation putting him in. He scored a great goal, allied to a very good performance.
“The core of the team from last season are very comfortable with each other and they played with great maturity.”
His Rangers counterpart, Pedro Caixinha, was less than impressed with the refereeing performance of John Beaton.
Speaking to RangersTV, Caixinha announced that the club would appeal Ryan Jack’s red card, he commented: “We are going to appeal it, and we will show the images. I invite the referee to watch it, and to be honest, normally when someone commits a mistake, at least to my principles, I would recognise it.
“I am not the type of guy which speaks about referees and I always take my responsibilities, but I think everyone involved in the game needs to take their responsibilities.
“I know I am going to take care of my boys and I know the character of the boys I have down there, and I know they will have a strong reaction.
“This game is not about only playing for yourself – there are a lot of elements which we also need to improve. But we are here, we are the people and we will keep going in front.”