African players abroad Nigeria’s Cyriel Dessers with fine strike as Rangers defeat Hibernian

Nigeria international Cyriel Dessers was among the goals as Rangers returned to action with a 3-1 victory over Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

James Tavernier fired the Light Blues ahead with a fine volley, before Myziane Maolida equalised in injury time for the visitors, but Rangers responded quickly through Dessers to go in ahead at the break.

Rabbi Matondo came off the bench in the second-half to add a third in the final minutes at Ibrox and secure the points. With the international break and the postponement of the Dundee fixture, it was the Gers’ first outing since the Benfica match at Ibrox on March 14.

From that one, the manager named two changes to his starting line-up with Borna Barisic replacing the injured Ridvan at left-back, while Todd Cantwell came in from the start with Tom Lawrence on the bench.

There was also a welcome return to the matchday squad for Abdallah Sima, Dujon Sterling and Ross McCausland as they all continue their recovery from injury. The first real chance for Rangers fell just inside the opening 10 minutes as Fabio Silva’s quick throw-in found Mohamed Diomande in space just on the edge of the box.

The midfielder touched it into the path of Cyriel Dessers who in turn found Scott Wright and he released a low powerful effort towards goal but it was just wide of the target.

In another good chance for Clement’s men, Mohamed Diomande did well to win the ball back inside the Rangers box with a strong block to kick-start a quick counter-attack.

The midfielder sent a long ball forward to find Cyriel Dessers who drove to the byline before cutting it back to Scott Wright. Wright’s shot looked goalbound but was cleared off the line by Jordan Obita.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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