MARK Warburton believes Rangers were the better team when they lost 2-1 to Hibernian at Easter Road in November and is confident his players can turn the tables when the sides renew their rivalry at Ibrox this afternoon.
“We know how well we played,” said the Rangers manager. “Against Hibs that day, Nathan Oduwa hit the bar at 1-1, their keeper made a great save, we didn’t get a penalty decision in the first two minutes when Jason Holt was fouled. They are the sort of things we are talking about. You just hope the random events even themselves out over the season.”
Warburton, though, does not see today’s fixture as a title decider. “I am looking forward to it because it is good for the boys to understand the expectation,” added the Rangers manager. “But it is just another three points. Nothing will be won or lost in terms of the title.”
Hibs manager Alan Stubbs agrees that it’s not a do-or-die fixture and has described it as a “free hit” for his team. “We go there and will have a right go at them,” explained Stubbs. “We are going to test them, and they’ll test us. But there is no pressure on us... It is a free hit.”