ALAN STUBBS today insisted he’s contemplating nothing but a Hibs win in Sunday’s Championship showdown with leaders Rangers.
The Ibrox club will arrive in Edinburgh eight points ahead of their closest challengers, hoping to clock up a 12th straight win and extend their advantage.
But, as Stubbs pointed out, his side were ten points adrift of the Ibrox outfit at the same stage last season yet pipped them to second place behind runaway title winners Hearts.
With that in mind, the Easter Road head coach said: “There were a few twists and turns over the course of the season. At one point, the gap went even bigger and we whittled it down so I don’t think Sunday is going to have a huge bearing although it is a game we would obviously like to win.
“I’m not really contemplating the gap being any bigger. What I am contemplating is a really good result, not even thinking of anything other than a win. I have to be honest. That’s the way we have tried to change the mindset of the players that we go into every game, and more so at home, expecting to win.”
Although Rangers’ start to the season has been impressive, Hibs themselves have built up a highly-creditable run of ten matches unbeaten, culminating in away wins over Falkirk and Raith Rovers in the space of a few days, victories which, Stubbs feels, didn’t attract as much credit as his players were due.
He said: “Raith had won all their games at home and, like Falkirk, had conceded just one goal. But we’ve gone to Falkirk and kept a clean sheet then gone to Stark’s Park, scored two and conceded one. The second half of both games vecame very stop-start and it will not always be about us and how we play.
“You have to be very respectful of the oppositon. They have their style and at some point during a game that will affect what you are doing. We came across that in these games but we have dealt with it. People were saying we were lucky to come through on Saturday but what I would they were watching a different game. We got ourselves into a 2-0 lead and withstood everything Raith have thrown at us which, I think, shows we can adapt. We got the three points in both games and that, for me, says everything about the players but they are now history and the next game is Rangers.”