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RANGERS’ CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

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GRAEME MURTY kicks off his second caretaker stint as Rangers manager against Hearts at Murrayfield tomorrow afternoon.

And he will be hoping to dodge the Capital Punishment that has been inflicted on recent bosses Ally McCoist, Kenny McDowall and Mark Warburton.

All three have been big-time losers in the nation’s capital. Here is the catalogue of catastrophe for the Ibrox side in previous visits to Edinburgh.

Nov 22, 2014: HEARTS 2, RANGERS 0

Two second-half goals from Jason Holt – who now plays for the Light Blues – and Jamie Walker, with a penalty-kick, brought misery to McCoist’s visitors who received a 21st-minute blow when Steven Smith was red-carded.

The win moved the Tynecastle outfit onto 38 points at the top of the Championship – nine ahead of the Ibrox men.

Dec 27, 2014: HIBS 4 RANGERS 0

Kenny McDowall made his debut in the Gers dug-out with McCoist on “gardening leave”. The stand-in gaffer saw his team blown away with Scott Allan the architect behind the landslide victory.

First-half strikes from David Gray and Jason Cummings set up the win with Scott Robertson and Liam Craig adding two more. The loss left the Glasgow side 15 points behind Hearts who were on 50 after 18 games.

May 2, 2015: HEARTS 2 RANGERS 2

Stuart McCall, in charge until the end of the season, must have thought he had cracked the Edinburgh hoodoo with the visitors 2-0 ahead before the interval with goals from Darren McGregor and Kenny Miller.

With eight minutes to go, substitute Genero Zeefuik pulled one back and the big Dutchman levelled in the fading moments. The result left Rangers in third spot and facing a play-off against Motherwell for a place in the top flight. McCall saw his tenure come to an end as the Fir Park team won home and away for a 6-1 aggregate.

Nov 1, 2015: HIBS 2 RANGERS 1

New boss Mark Warburton took his team to Easter Road with a 100 per cent record after 11 games in the Championship. That run ended as Alan Stubbs’ men clinched a hard-fought victory.

Cummings opened the scoring in the 11th minute, but an own goal from Darren McGregor, who had joined the club from Gers, levelled matters two minutes after the interval. Paul Hanlon got the winner in the 73rd minute.

April 20, 2016: HIBS 3 RANGERS 2

The hosts hit three goals before the hour mark with strikes from Cummings, Anthony Stokes and Niklas Gunnarson.

Jason Holt, bought from Hearts, pulled one back and Barrie McKay – now with Warburton and Cummings at Nottingham Forest – added a second near the end, but Hibs hung on to claim the points.

Nov 30, 2016: HEARTS 2 RANGERS 0

Robbie Neilson celebrated his last game in charge as Jambos boss with an emphatic victory. The following day, he joined English League One side MK Dons.

Youngster Robbie Muirhead was the man who put their rivals to the sword again with the opening goal a minute from the interval and he sealed the victory with a second on the hour mark.

Feb 1, 2017: HEARTS 4 RANGERS 1

Ian Cathro won only five of 22 league games – and this was undoubtedly the most remarkable. The Ibrox line-up were hammered by a rampant Hearts team that took the lead in the fourth minute through Krystian Nowak.

Emerson Hyndland replied in the 36th minute, but the roof fell in on Warburton and his players after the turnaround when Jamie Walker (2) and Don Cowie thrashed efforts beyond Wes Foderingham. The loss left Rangers on 42 points in the Premiership – 25 behind Celtic.

Pedro Caixinha was named manager the following month.

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