Michael Beale took his place in the Ibrox for the first time in a competitive fixture, whilst his opposite number, Lee Johnson, came back from the World Cup break well aware his Hibs side needed to start picking up points.
Ryan Porteous had been dominating headlines in recent weeks, following his decision not to sign a new contract at Easter Road, and started the game in an unusual midfield position.
Beale gave a start to 19-year-old Adam Devine at left back, whilst Alfredo Morelos came in for top goal scorer Antonio Colak, who missed out on the matchday squad.
Elie Youan forced an early save from Allan McGregor with a long-range effort after seven minutes. From the subsequent corner Hibs were ahead.
The afore mentioned Porteous found himself all alone in the box, where he rose to power home a header to pose the first question of the Beale era.
Rangers drew level just before the 15-minute mark. Fashion Sakala found himself in space before sending a driven effort into David Marshall’s bottom left corner.
Less than a minute later though and Hibs were back in front, much to the disbelief of the stunned home fans. A straight through ball from kick off cut through the make-shift Rangers defence, where the returning Kevin Nisbet latched on and provided a ruthless finish to restore his side’s lead.
Rangers looked on the rocks defensively and Josh Campbell almost added another Hibs goal when his shot peeled off the post after half an hour.
Allan McGregor stood up to an Elie Youan effort on 41 minutes, before Alfredo Morelos saw his effort deflected wide in first half stoppage time.
The Edinburgh side went in ahead at the break, giving Michael Beale as stark reminder of the job facing him at Ibrox.