Hibs manager Jack Ross has sounded the battle drum ahead of the club’s clash with Rangers and is in confident mood ahead of the table-topping Ibrox clash this weekend.
The Gers are set to face the Hibees on Sunday following a trip to Sparta Prague and the Czech Republic this week whilst Ross’ side has a full week to prepare for the match.
Rangers currently sit one point above Hibs in the Scottish Premiership table with Ross’ side keeping the pressure on following a 1-0 win against St Johnstone.
So far this season Hibs and Edinburgh rivals Hearts – who are level on points with the Leith side – have emerged as the most capable challengers to Rangers’ Championship throne.
It’s a challenge Ross is relishing as the Bears are left in no doubt as to the challenge facing them this weekend in Govan.
Jack Ross relishing Rangers challenge
“I’m excited about next week. We have a brilliant game to look forward to,” explains Ross [Edinburgh Evening News].
“To go into this game at that stage of the season as a top of the table clash is indicative of how we have grown as a team.
“The incentive is for us to beat the champions at home and go top, and it’s a brilliant incentive.
“It’s good to have the clear week, it will allow us to nurse some boys back to fitness hopefully and use the time properly for other players as well.”
Despite the former Sunderland boss’ eagerness to visit Ibrox, Ross admits that similarly to Rangers his side hasn’t been at their best of late but they are still churning out results.
The ex-St Mirren manager puts this down to injuries as he praised his side for finding a way against the stubborn Perthshire Saints.
Hibs boss admits Rangers similarities
“All we can do is keep doing what we’re doing. We’re stretched a little bit at the moment, we have players out,” said Ross.
“We’ve had players who aren’t training, Kevin Nisbet, Martin Boyle, Kyle Magennis, Jake Doyle-Hayes has been suffering from the after effects of illness.
“We’re kind of just pulling it together and I do feel over the last week we have not been at our best performance wise.
“But we’ve dug out results and that’s growing as a group.”
Both sides may well be playing catch up with Hearts ahead of the game with the Jambos scheduled to play fellow chasers Motherwell at home on Saturday.
The Midlothian side are another set to visit Ibrox in the coming weeks as the Gers are presented with a huge opportunity to lay down a Championship marker.