There were plenty of reasons for Hibs fans to be optimistic as they headed through to Ibrox, but unfortunately the team performance fell flat on the day.
We looked comfortable early on and took the lead with a great goal but, as soon as we made the mistake to let Rangers get to 1-1, we lost our composure. We seemed to go to pieces and let Rangers have it all too easy for long periods after that, especially in the second half. We didn’t have a proper chance after the break until they had Andy Halliday sent off.
There was a lot of off-the-field mind games and stuff like that in the build-up, but I don’t think that influenced the 90 minutes. It was simply a case of too many of our players not performing. When you go to Ibrox, you need everyone on top of their game and, apart from the bright opening stages, that wasn’t the case for Hibs.
We weren’t helped by silly errors for most of Rangers’ goals, but there can be no argument about the outcome, they were far stronger than us on the day. We might have got away with some of those errors against the smaller teams in the league, but you can’t expect to get off the hook when you make them against Rangers at Ibrox. We’ve just got to take our medicine and move on.
We’ve not been performing too well for a while now, so we need to get back on track quickly, both in terms of performances and results. As disappointing as yesterday was, we need to keep it in perspective. It was our first defeat in more than four months and we are only three points off the top having been eight points behind not long ago. We’re still in a good position.
We have shown already that we can go on a long winning run, so now we need to make sure that we get back on track against Raith Rovers on Saturday and don’t slip into a rut.
Even if Hibs had won yesterday, it wouldn’t have meant we were going to win the league, and the same applies to Rangers.
All yesterday showed was that Rangers have frailties and we have frailties. They have the initiative once again after their recent wobbles, but I’m certain there are plenty twists and turns to come in the second half of the season.