Michael Weir: Hibs have got Rangers rattled now

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Rangers must be wondering how they’ve lost an 11-point lead over Hibs in the space of a month. There’s no doubt about it – we’ve got them 
rattled.

Rangers must be wondering how they’ve lost an 11-point lead over Hibs in the space of a month. There’s no doubt about it – we’ve got them rattled.

When Rangers went so far ahead, I didn’t think anyone would catch them, but now the pressure is right on them and I don’t think they’re dealing with it too well. They were so far clear that I think they probably thought they would win it easily and have maybe taken their foot off the gas. Football’s an easy game when you’re winning every week like Rangers were, but as soon as you lose that momentum, it can be hard to regain it.

Hibs have definitely got under their skin as well. We saw that with the way Mark Warburton got irked last week by Alan Stubbs’ comments about his budget. An experienced manager would have just brushed that off. Stubbsy seems to be enjoying it all. He’s kept his players calm and is handling the situation really well and now they’re on one of the best runs I can recall as a Hibs fan.

The two games over the past week have been vital because sometimes lower-key games against Livingston and Alloa are harder for players to get up for. Ultimately, though, those are the games you need to win consistently if you want to win a title. There would have been supporters expecting us to win those games by three or four, but it doesn’t work like that when you’re in a title race. Livingston made it hard for us on Tuesday and they showed against Rangers on Saturday that they’ve got plenty about them.

It doesn’t matter if it’s 1-0 or 4-0, we just need to keep winning. Success breeds success and we also have the added bonus of a League Cup semi-final to keep the players on their toes. Every player worth their salt will be desperate to secure their place in the team for that one, so that will help maintain momentum.

By closing the gap, we have also given ourselves a bit of margin for error, which takes the pressure off a bit. I think it will go to the wire. It’ll come down to the team that handles the pressure best, and at the moment we look in a lot better shape than Rangers.