Opportunity knocks but Stubbs knows Hibs must take their chances
HIBERNIAN manager Alan Stubbs has urged his side to find the killer instinct that was missing at Ibrox earlier this season and drag Rangers into a real dogfight for the Ladbrokes Championship title.
Stubbs saw Liam Henderson and Jason Cummings both miss excellent chances back in August before James Tavernier curled in a spectacular freekick to leave the Edinburgh side empty-handed.
The former Celtic defender is determined to make sure his side do not make the same mistakes again and believes they are capable of destroying Rangers’ record of 11 straight league victories and reducing the gap at the top of the table to five points.
“How do we stop them? We do the things we did when we went to Ibrox, but instead of just creating chances, we have to put them away,” said Stubbs.
“We approach every game as positively as we can. We want to win every game and that is the mindset we have got amongst the group of players.
“We will respect Rangers and they have certainly got strengths, but we feel we have players who can hurt them. I know my players will be ready on Sunday. On Sunday, I am hoping there is going to be a big crowd there. Our fans have been fantastic home and away recently and I hope they will be there cheering us on to a victory.”
Stubbs has also warned Rangers that Hibernian are a more dangerous proposition than they were when the teams met earlier in the campaign.
“I think we are in a stronger position as a squad,” said Stubbs. “We have won eight of our last nine games and we go into the game in good form, but then so do Rangers. If we perform to our maximum, we have a great chance of winning the game. If we do that, the gap will be down to five.
“We are conscious of not letting the gap get too big, but we are 10 points better off than we were last season. It is just unfortunate that Rangers have won every game and you have got to take your hat off to them.
“Their form is impressive and it has the makings of a really good game on Sunday with two teams who want to play football.”
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