Michael Weir: Hibs showed they can be contenders

Alan Stubbs should be encouraged by Hibs' display at Ibrox. Pic: Robert Perry
Alan Stubbs should be encouraged by Hibs' display at Ibrox. Pic: Robert Perry
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Although we came home from Ibrox pointless, I was really encouraged by Hibs’ performance.

Compared to what we have produced so far this season, yesterday was a massive improvement and showed that we can still be a force to be reckoned with in this league.

That Rangers team has been brushing teams aside, so for us to go there and create so many chances is very promising. I was surprised we had as many chances as we did because I expected Rangers to have a lot more of the ball. There was nothing wrong at all with Hibs’ overall display, but unfortunately a lack of composure at vital times in front of goal cost us.

I think the main reason for the improvement was the fact we’ve been able to get some more of our key men and new signings into the side. It was pretty clear that Liam Henderson has come from a good level. He was really good and looks like he’s going to have a bright future in the game. Hopefully it’s now just a case of bedding everyone in and then kicking on from here.

There’s no point in putting in a performance like yesterday’s and then failing to beat the teams we’re expected to be beat in the next few weeks, so hopefully the way they played at Ibrox can give them the confidence to go on a long winning run. If they play like that, they should be confident of beating most teams. But that’s the important thing – they’ve got to keep that performance level up. If they can do that, they’ll not be far away.

Rangers are playing well – they created a lot of chances as well yesterday – but it’s still far too early to say that they will win the title. They’ve got that wee gap over Hibs now, but I think we showed yesterday that they’re not going to get it all their own way. We had a bit of a go at them and showed that, although they are a good side, they do have flaws.

We now need to kick on, beat Stranraer in the League Cup and then make sure we beat Raith Rovers on Saturday. Rangers look like they will beat most teams, so we can’t afford many more slip-ups. The performance yesterday was encouraging, now we need to start delivering consistent results.