Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn insists the Ibrox side are favourites to win the Ladbrokes Championship – as he feels they are man-for-man better than Hibs.
The Light Blues have been criticised in recent weeks for some poor displays, but hit back in ruthless fashion on Monday as they beat Alan Stubbs’ side 4-2 in the top-of-the-table clash at Ibrox.
Rangers had won just three times since losing in Leith at the start of November and while Mark Warburton’s team were wobbling, Hibs clawed themselves level with the league leaders.
But their 17-game unbeaten run was brought to a sudden halt as Gers comfortably saw off their Easter Road rivals, even after being reduced to ten men for the final 20 minutes when Andy Halliday saw red.
The pre-match build-up was dominated by the mind-games battle as Stubbs insisted Gers were feeling the strain being applied by his team’s relentless form, but Waghorn now says there is no doubting who the frontrunners for top spot are.
“It was one of those games where we knew what we had to do and everybody was on point,” said the frontman, who completed the scoring with Gers’ fourth in stoppage time. “The previous weeks everything was a bit slow and the tempo wasn’t great and teams have capitalised.
“But the boys started from the front and it set the tempo. Some of the play was different class and Hibs couldn’t handle it.
“We heard what had been coming out of the Hibs camp in the build-up and, to be honest, I think they were just doing it to get themselves motivated. We didn’t need to read anything or say anything – we just wanted to focus on ourselves and play our game. That’s what we did.
“We don’t need to get involved in that stuff. We know who we are and what we want to do. They can say what they want. Ultimately we’ve got the better players and we’ll do our talking on the park.
“Are we favourites for the title now? Yeah, 100 per cent. We’ve got a better squad, a better team and that showed. Even when we went down to ten men we didn’t really look in any trouble.”