One American returned to action for Scottish leader Rangers, but another was again sidelined. Midfielder Maurice Edu made his 2009-10 debut for Rangers, coming on in the 74th minute of its 4-1 win over Hibernian. But DaMarcus Beasley, whose excellent form in recent weeks sparked talk of a possible return to the U.S. national team, missed the Hibs game after straining a thigh muscle in training.
Edu suffered a knee injury on the last day of the 2008-09 campaign.
Rangers won despite giving up the quickest goal in Scottish Premier League history. Anthony Stokes scored after 12.4 seconds, beating the previous record set by Hearts' Saulius Mikoliunas in 2006.
Rangers ended Hibs' unbeaten streak at 13 league games thanks to two goals by Kenny Miller and one each by Kris Boyd and Nacho Novo.