A WEEK of progress off the park for Rangers was complemented by a smidgeon of advancement on it as they battled their way to a win over Dumbarton that cut Hearts' lead at the top of the SPFL Championship to 13 points.
IN a madcap, nine-goal 90 minutes Hibernian showed all the style and attacking flair that has made them genuine contenders to win promotion through the play-offs next May and all the defensive frailties that have left them trailing well behind their city rivals Hearts in the race for the Championship title.
SHOULD Hearts and Rangers break away from the pack and face a duel for the title, it is likely results like this one rather than the three remaining head-to-heads between the pair that will decide who finally comes out on top.
Alan Stubbs, the Hibernian head coach, has insisted that he would not risk short-changing the Edinburgh club's supporters by selecting a team of unfamiliar youngsters for tonight's League Cup tie against Dumbarton.
IF it was premature to rain criticism on top of Rangers following a sluggish start to the season then it is surely also too early to say they have turned the corner following two home wins in succession over part-time opposition.