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A 93rd-minute equaliser from Hibernian midfielder Josh Campbell was a fitting ending to a breath-taking 2-2 draw with Rangers which saw the visitors finish the game with nine men.

Two red cards in the space of nine second-half minutes to John Lundstram and Alfredo Morelos saw Rangers hang on for the remaining 15 minutes of the match, but Campbell secured a point for his side with virtually the last kick of the game.

The two sides certainly saved all the excitement for the second half, with neither mustering a shot on target inside the first 44 minutes, but things kicked off on the stroke of half time as Rangers were awarded a penalty.

Antonio Colak went down under pressure from Rocky Bushiri, and up stepped James Tavernier, Captain Reliable, to fire home from the spot and give Rangers the lead heading into the break.

Seemingly remembering how to have fun in the final third, the two sides switched it on in the final 45 and Hibs were level just six minutes after the restart.

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Elie Youan’s cross into the six-yard box found the boot of Martin Boyle, who wrestled his way through two Rangers’ defenders to prod home from close range.

The parity lasted just seven minutes, however, as Tom Lawrence soon put Rangers back ahead with a powerful header from a wicked Borna Barisic cross.

As the clock ticked over to the 61st minute, off the bench came Morelos – alongside Scott Arfield – but the crowd wouldn’t get too long of a look at the striker, although it was Lundstram whose marching orders came first.

Five minutes after Morelos’ introduction, the midfielder was trudging in the opposite direction following a cynical lunge on Boyle to stop a counter-attack. Giovanni van Bronckhorst went for a more defensive approach to try and hold on to the lead, but things only got worse nine minutes later as Morelos was dismissed for flinging his arm into the face of Lewis Miller.

It became real backs-to-the-wall stuff from Rangers as they sought to defend their lead, but as the clock struck 93, their defence was breached as Campbell sent a stunning half-volley soaring into the top corner, capping off the pandemonium in the most fitting way,


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