By Doug Ward

21st Nov, 2021 | 8:40pm

Michael Stewart reacts as Rangers lose to Hibernian in Scottish League Cup semi-final

Michael Stewart admits he wasn’t surprised to see Rangers lose at the hands of Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals on Sunday.

Martin Boyle’s first-half hat-trick at Hampden Park handed Hibs a 3-1 win over the Gers, who scored what turned out to be a consolation goal through Scott Arfield.

Stewart has pointed to Hibs’ recent record versus the Light Blues in showing why he wasn’t shocked by the result at Hampden.

“Anyone who has seen Hibs v Rangers in the last few seasons won’t be overly surprised with today’s result,” said Stewart via his personal Twitter account on Sunday after the game.

“They’ve run them close on many occasions, today Jack Ross and his players moved it up another gear. Thoroughly deserved win.

“Cracking Premier Sports Cup final to look forward to.”

Woeful

Was that the worst Rangers have played this season? It’s hard to tell.

Some of our displays this term have been honking and you’d have to imagine that if Steven Gerrard was still in charge, we probably still would have lost

David McCallum’s in-match decisions didn’t help and it shows why he’s not a first-team manager.

Substituting Joe Aribo, Scott Arfield and Ryan Kent off while we were chasing the game was a baffling set of decisions from the interim manager, who wasn’t persuaded at all by Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Rangers have to do better than that but we’ve conceded too many sloppy goals and conceded the first goal so many times this season that it was bound to come and bite us on the backside at some point.

Van Bronckhorst needs to work from the back when he starts his job at Rangers.

Defensively, we’ve been awful and signing a centre-back and potentially a left-back in January should be seen as a priority.

In other Rangers news, a BT host has shared a major van Bronckhorst development and Derek McInnes has reacted.