Rangers slipped to a dismal defeat on Friday night as Hibernian overtook them to move to second in the Scottish Championship.
Already 17 points behind leaders Hearts going into the game, Rangers missed the opportunity to begin closing the gap with a 2-0 home defeat.
Despite still having two games in hand on the league leaders, automatic promotion looks highly unlikely now, and even a play-off spot is not guaranteed.
Rangers do have three games in hand on Hibs, but have now lost three consecutive games in all competitions and nobody at the club will be taking anything for granted. At the very least they will have to work hard to finish in second, and won't be able to ease off at all.
Hibs' victory was statistically a real smash and grab. They had just four shots at goal compared to Rangers' 21, yet scored with two of them.
A crowd of 29,769 watched at Ibrox, a huge jump on the 11,000 odd which watched the weekend's cup defeat to Raith Rovers.
Just one of the loanees from Newcastle United played, Haris Vuckic, with the remaining four all struggling for fitness and failing to make the bench.
It was the performance of midfielder Kyle Hutton however which split opinion the most among fans, with a number taking to Twitter to slate his poor defensive work for Scott Robertson's opener.
I've no idea what Kyle Hutton's qualities are. Should never have been a new deal.— Alan Middleton (@themiddletod) February 13, 2015
Kyle Hutton is worse than Diet Irn-Bru— Richy (@Richy__54) February 13, 2015
On the goal Kyle Hutton just doesn't track the runner. Lazy. How we kept giving him deals I just do not know.— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) February 13, 2015
kyle hutton doesnt do enough when he gets a start, happy enough with the rest of the team though just need more quick thinking going 4ward— Richy (@QuisSeparabit) February 13, 2015
why are people on here giving Kyle Hutton abuse, he's probably been our best player in the first half Just looking for any excuse to moan— Fieldo (@RossField96) February 13, 2015
Kyle Hutton could be a very good footballer if he applied himself properly— David Clacher (@D_Clacher) February 13, 2015
I wouldn't give Kyle Hutton a game for my subuteo team !— Grant (@Grantmac8) February 13, 2015
There were some fans however which were positive about Hutton's display:
Actually impressed with Kyle Hutton how Iain black has started more games than him hurts my brain— Greig Barr (@Greig_Barr) February 13, 2015
I usually give Kyle Hutton pelters but he was been pretty good tonight. Nice range of passing.— Alasdair Sim (@AlasdairSim) February 13, 2015
Kyle Hutton has been great tonight— Craig Smith (@csljm84) February 13, 2015
Says a lot when u get beat 2-0 yet it's the best you've played in a few years. And Kyle Hutton had a decent game! Bigger battles ahead!— Scott Thomson (@w0odstock) February 13, 2015
He doesn't do it a lot, but Kyle Hutton has had a good game beside Andy Murdoch tonight.— Mark McDougall (@McDougall1994) February 13, 2015