Op­por­tu­nity knocks but Stubbs knows Hibs must take their chances

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL - GARY KE­OWN

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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