Hibs manager Jack Ross has admitted that he is “proud” of his side after last night’s 2-1 defeat by Rangers – but was left “hugely frustrated” that his side were left empty-handed.

The Gers scored an 84th-minute winner through the impressive Ianis Hagi after a dominant second-half performance and Ross knows it was “hard work” against the Light Blues.

Hibernian manager Jack Ross during the Scottish Premier League match between Hibernian and Motherwell at Easter Road on 23 November, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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The Hibs boss thinks his side gave him exactly what he asked for – even taking the lead through Paul Hanlon’s strike.

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“I was proud of what my players gave me,” Ross said, as quoted by the Edinburgh Evening News.

“It was hard work out of possession playing against a good team whose record at home is terrific.

 

“You have to be resolute and hard-working and we were all those things so I am hugely frustrated that we did not take anything from the game but there were a lot of pluses for us.”

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Despite falling behind, Rangers never really looked in any danger against Hibs and the performance after the break merited a winner as they tore the Easter Road side to pieces.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: George Edmundson of Rangers in action during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Steven Gerrard’s side won something like 15 corners in the second half and it was only a matter of time before they managed to finally break the deadlock after George Edmundson had equalised.

Hagi’s strike capped off an impressive performance from the Romanian on his first start for the Light Blues and, hopefully, it’s just the beginning from him.

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