I’ve written all along that the main thing for Hibs was to keep winning games and make sure they were in a position to put pressure on Rangers when the head-to-head matches between the teams came along, and that’s exactly what they’ve done.
From being 11 points behind and with our title hopes hanging by a thread, a brilliant run of form has put us in a position where we could be just five points behind them after Sunday’s game at Easter Road.
I don’t think anyone expected us to go on the run we have done since we lost at Ibrox two months ago. I’ve got to be honest, I thought Rangers would be away over the horizon by now but we’ve stuck with them and now we have a real chance to make things interesting.
With Queen of the South, Falkirk and Raith Rovers away in our last four games, I think most people expected Hibs to slip up somewhere along the line, but the fact we’ve won each of our last four and nine out of our last ten in all competitions means we could hardly be in better form going into our biggest game of the season so far.
The players look like they’ve learned from dropping stupid points last year but fundamentally we’re just a better team now than we were last year. We’ve got threats all over the pitch and we don’t give much away. We’re able to stand firm under pressure, as we’ve shown over the last week in grinding out a couple of excellent wins away to Falkirk and Raith Rovers. That’s what wins you titles. It’s not about scoring goals every week, it’s just about finding ways to win.
Last year we got too carried away with playing well and not winning matches, but now we’re showing we can win even when we’re not at our best. That’s the sign of a strong team and Rangers will be aware of that.
They won’t admit it, but they will be looking over their shoulders knowing that if there’s any team in the league who can match them, it’s us, and they will be feeling a bit of pressure going into this game. Everyone knows Rangers are in great form, but so are Hibs.Both teams have got genuine momentum, so it’s going to be some showdown. If we can get the gap down to five points, then it’s game on again because there’s still plenty football to be played after Sunday’s game.