Michael Weir: Credit Hibs boss for stifling Rangers

Paul Hanlon, left, leads the full-time celebrations with Liam Craig
Paul Hanlon, left, leads the full-time celebrations with Liam Craig
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What a stunning result for Hibs!

I expected the players to be in a much better frame of mind after the League Cup defeat of Premiership strugglers Ross County last week, but I think most Hibs supporters would be kidding themselves if they thought we would go to Ibrox and dismantle Rangers the way we did.

Defeats at Alloa and Queen of the South had led to a state of despair engulfing the club just six games into the Championship. After last night, though, we may have finally found our appetite to haul ourselves back into the promotion race. Taking into account our display in Glasgow last night, our season might just be about to take a turn for the better.

You always take heart from a good win, irrespective of the opposition. However, to comprehensively sweep aside one of our main rivals in the fashion that we did has given us all some renewed optimism.

It showed real character for us to go through there and put on a performance like that. Any time you make your way through the doors at Ibrox, you have to be brave and play your own game and we certainly stuck to the plan.

The manager and his players have certainly lifted everyone connected with the club.

The players have to be applauded for their endeavours but I believe the night belonged to Alan Stubbs, whose tactics completely nullified any threat Rangers carried. Our central-midfield trio of Liam Craig, Scott Robertson and Scott Allan really dominated that area of the park where Rangers struggled to find any sort of rhythm of their own. That gave us the impetus to go on and secure all three points.

I hope there is now a real belief at Easter Road that we can go on and compete at the top end of the league. Based on last night’s showing, there is nothing to suggest that we can’t put a run together that will see us close the gap on Hearts.

We must therefore ensure there are no hiccups on Saturday when we entertain Raith Rovers in front of our own supporters. Anything other than maximum points this weekend is unthinkable given what we achieved last night.