Scott Allan has warned ailing Rangers that they will have to contend with a Hibs team brimming with confidence and boasting a winning mentality when they visit Easter Road for this Sunday’s crunch showdown.
The rampant Hibees marched seven points clear in the battle for second place in the Championship as their 2-0 win at Cowdenbeath coincided with the Ibrox side being held to a 1-1 draw by bottom-of-the-table Livingston in Stuart McCall’s first game since replacing Kenny McDowall as manager.
Rangers, who have won only one of their last eight matches, have the chance to reduce the deficit when they host Alloa Athletic tomorrow in the first of their two games in hand.
However, Hibs midfielder Allan, pictured, is confident his side can turn the screw by recording an eighth consecutive victory in all competitions and completing a clean sweep of four league wins in a season over the beleaguered Glasgow team.
“The Rangers game is just another game for us and if we keep playing the way we’ve been playing, I’m sure we can pick up three points again,” said Allan. “Who knows whether Stuart McCall will make them a different prospect? It’s still the same players. We look really confident and they’re just looking for a win, so we’re definitely the team on the up just now.
“There’s a real winning mentality here and hopefully we can build on that. There’s a different mindset now to what there was at the start of the season. We’re going into every game believing we’re going to win, outplay teams and get a few goals, and that’s generally what we’ve been doing.”
Meanwhile, head coach Alan Stubbs is hopeful that his two top scorers, Dominique Malonga and Jason Cummings, will be fit for Sunday’s match.
Malonga missed the trip to Cowdenbeath after aggravating the minor knee problem which had caused him to be left on the bench for last Wednesday’s victory over Livingston.
Cummings, who scored his side’s second at Central Park, was replaced at the interval after sustaining a knee injury late in the first half.
“Dominique had a wee reaction on Friday, but it’s nothing too serious,” said Stubbs. “We just left him out as a precaution.
“We took Jason off because of the injury.
“He was willing to give it a go in the second half but we were in a position where we didn’t want to take any chances.
“The medical team checked him out and it doesn’t seem to be anything serious. We’ll just see how it settles and take it from there.”