(From Evening Times)
RANGERS rode a riptide of serious competition last night before they eventually managed to find dry land.
In this case it was the quarter-finals of the CIS Insurance Cup and an away tie at Dunfermline in the first week of next month.
All the same, as manager Alex McLeish conceded, there were times when it appeared they might drown at Easter Road in the energies displayed by Hibs.
That they did negotiate their route to the last eight, and allowed themselves a further opportunity to defend the trophy, said much for the spirit the manager has instilled in his lot.
The CIS Cup is not regarded as on a par with the Tennent's Scottish Cup, far less the SPL title, yet McLeish's approach to every competition his side enters is identical.
His urgings from the touchline during a frenetic second half confirmed just how significant he considered this match to be.
Rangers were often on the …