KENYA BROWN - Sunday, May 22, 2016
Gedion Zelalem ended his loan with Rangers on a low point as the Light Blues allowed a stoppage time goal to lose the Scottish Cup to Hibernian.
The Glasgow side had been riding a high as they had wrapped up the league title in the Scottish Championship to earn promotion back to the Premier League for next season. Winning the cup competition would have added more icing on the cake as they knocked out city rivals Celtic in the semifinals.
However, they had gone 20 days without playing a game and it showed as Hibs went on to claim the Scottish Cup after a 114-year wait.
Zelalem was placed in Rangers' starting lineup and saw 63 minutes of action in the loss.
Hibs started off the brighter of the two sides at Hampden Park as they opened the scoring in the third minute. Anthony Stokes' solo effort got past the outstretched hand of Rangers' goalkeeper Wesley Foderingham.
Rangers would answer right back in the 27th minute through Kenny Miller. The former Scotland international thudded home a header from a James Tavernier cross to level the score.
Andy Halliday gave Rangers the lead in the 64th minute when his long-range rocket beat Hibs goalkeeper Conrad Logan.
Despite being a goal down, the Edinburgh-based side did not wither away, and found the equalizer in the 80th minute as Stokes put away his second goal of the game. The Irish international headed home a Liam Henderson corner from close range.
It looked like the game would be heading to extra time, but David Gray put an end to those thoughts when he scored the game winner in the 92nd minute. In almost the same play that got Hibs the equalizer, Henderson's corner kick would find Gray in the center of the box and he redirected his effort towards the goal to seal the win.
The win will see Hibs head into the qualifying stages of next season's Europa League.