The race for second set to go to the wire in the Scottish Championship

The battle for second-place in the Scottish Championship rages on as Rangers and Hibernian both win.

The race for second has continued to gather momentum in the Scottish Championship with Rangers and Hibernian both winning.

Hibs saw off local rivals Hearts in the Edinburgh derby whilst Rangers recovered from their midweek thumping at the hands of Queen of the South to beat Raith Rovers, scoring four goals in a game for only the third time in the league this season.

The respective results have left the teams joint on 61 points with Hibs in second due to their marginally superior goal difference of 30 to Rangers’ 28.

The win against the league champions is very significant for Alan Stubbs’s men because they have struggled recently after an impressive run where they didn’t lose in 15 games, but then lost three in a row, including a match against the Gers before beating Dumbarton on Wednesday night.

Sunday’s win for Rangers was also significant in showing that they are capable of bouncing back from defeat with the 4-0 victory going a long way in terms of boosting confidence within the team.

A win in their game in hand could also give the Light Blues an important physiological advantage with it possibility the gap between the two could be as wide as six-points when Hibs return to league action after their Scottish Cup semi-final against Falkirk on Saturday.

Both teams are capable of winning their remaining games but have displayed – especially in the case of Rangers – that they are liable to losing some of their easier games this season.

There are still plenty of twists and turns left at the top end of the Scottish Championship with it getting increasingly more difficult to pick who will finish second and avoid two extra play-off games.

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