Michael Weir: Hibs must have a go at Rangers

Easter Road side have the ‘ammunition’ to beat Steven Gerrard’s men

By Michael Weir
Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 7:30 am
Hibs' Joe Newell (R) celebrates his goal against St Mirren with team mate Martin Boyle. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)
Hibs' Joe Newell (R) celebrates his goal against St Mirren with team mate Martin Boyle. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)

After the disappointing result against Aberdeen it was vital that the players bounced straight back against St Mirren.

You can do no more than win the next game and credit to them because they've got the result and thoroughly deserved it.

We were maybe fortunate in that one or two decisions went for us but that's going to happen for you throughout the season. You take it as it comes.

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But to get back to winning ways, which is always the key after a bad result, is credit to the players.

Jamie Murphy did well on his first start. He showed a lot of calmness and experience.

He's got that wee bit of composure on the ball and you can see that he's played at a very good level of football.

I said last week if we can keep him relatively fit then he's going to be a big player for us.

The big difference really at the weekend was having the partnership up front again. Doidge was desperately missing somebody to go and play off and work with, and it showed having Nisbet back.

Winning breeds confidence which is why we shouldn't be scared to have a go at Rangers on Sunday. We're at home and the Hibs tradition going right back to the 50s and 60s is that we will always have a go at teams at Easter Road.

With that in mind I think they've got to go with the same approach.

There's not too many teams that go with two wingers away from home, and the manager takes credit for that, but that's always been the Hibs way. It doesn't sit well with supporters if they don't play with an exuberance and spirit about them, especially at home.

I wouldn't think that he would change things for the Rangers game, but he's the manager so he might think differently. For me though, we're at home so have a go. We've got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

We'll need to be at our best to win the game, but we've certainly got the ammunition. Nisbet looks like a goalscorer, and we've got wingers there who can deliver.

We're playing a good side who are brimming with confidence themselves and look as if they can score every week. It's a completely different test against a team that will be one of favourites to win the league, but these are games you should enjoy as a footballer.

I'm looking forward to watching the game. It will be a tough one because Rangers are going well at the moment but there should be nothing to be afraid of. Just go and play your game.

If you get apprehensive about playing against these teams then you'll come out losers. You've got to have a real go. Last time we played a wee bit too negative against them and allowed Rangers to dominate the game.

That's not the way to play these teams. Win, lose or draw, have a go because if you sit in they will just keep the ball and make it hard for us. It's a good game to look forward to, and if we win, then who knows where this season can go.