ALAN STUBBS today admitted Sunday’s clash with Championship leaders Rangers is a “must win” game for Hibs – but insisted that applies to every game his team plays.
The Easter Road outfit go to into this encounter trailing the Ibrox club by eight points as they chase the title and the one automatic promotion place it brings, with many claiming it will be all over should the Ibrox outfit extend their winning start to the season to a 12th victory.
But Stubbs refused to get involved in any such debate, insisting: “People will always label it this or that. But the most important thing is that we go into every game wanting to win.
“So, from that point of view, it doesn’t matter what team we are facing on Sunday. We just want to win a game of football.”
Hibs themselves have been doing that on a regular basis, nine wins in their last ten matches culminating in away victories over Falkirk and Raith Rovers, two sides boasting unbeaten home records until visited by the Capital club, a run which has given Stubbs players plenty of confidence. The head coach said: “In football, it’s the same criteria all the time. You have to keep focused on the next obstacle and, on Sunday, Rangers are the next obstacle. So nothing really changes as far as I am concerned. Rangers and, yes, we respect them, are just another team coming to Easter Road.
“I think the most important thing is we have to play better than Rangers. To what level I don’t know but, on the day, we have to perform better than Rangers and, on the flip side of that, if we perform to our capabilities we have a good chance of winning.”
With a full squad available – barring long-term injury victim Danny Handling – Stubbs has well-laid plans for Sunday but, he revealed, he may leave it late before finalising them.
He said: “I have a very clear idea of what I want to do. It’s just what personnel we go with that will be the decision. I have good options so I am really pleased and content with where we are. We go into this game in a good position.”