Hibs boss Jack Ross is relishing the return of Hampden hat-trick hero Martin Boyle against Rangers as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side eye “revenge” at Easter Road.
The Gers were rocked by a first half Boyle treble which sent them packing from the Premier Sports Cup and Fashion Sakala revealed the Gers were eyeing payback in the Premiership.
But if Rangers are to land one on Hibs in Edinburgh then they will need to keep Martin Boyle quiet with the Aussie international fully-rested after missing the St Johnstone victory through suspension.
Ross also believes that Martin Boyle would be welcome in any Scottish Premiership squad as he praised his recent impact against Rangers.
“For me, he’s one of the most productive and effective attacking players in the league,” said Boyle [Daily Record].
“So to have him back is a big boost.
“His recent impact against Rangers is very obvious.
Martin Boyle Hibs impact v Rangers “obvious”
“We all have opinions on players, who we think are better than others, particularly attacking players.
“Over the last two years, his numbers have been outstanding, goals and assists. I’d think, without even looking at it, it would put him up there with anybody in the league.
“I don’t think there are many managers in the Premiership that wouldn’t like him in their squad. When he’s in full flow, he’s very difficult to stop.”
Ross has also been speaking about those Sakala comments on revenge and claims that he has no issue with the Ibrox side hoping to avenge the Hampden defeat.
However, Ross has warned the Ibrox club that his side have their own motivations for the clash which is primed to be a Scottish Premiership classic.
“We have probably dealt with quite a lot in this fixture in recent times,” said Ross.
“Right back my first one was when the dugouts had a bit of a disagreement and right through to the aftermath of recent games. There’s always been something involved in them.
“But it’s okay, I don’t mind it. I think the games have all been really good recently.
“I don’t mind Rangers players saying (they want revenge) – they’re not used to losing many games. It was a big game for them to lose and they want to put it right.
“Just as much as we wanted to put right the fact we hadn’t won any of those games previously when we felt we had played well but been on the wrong end of one or two decisions.
“Our motivation will be the same as theirs.”
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