Rangers 2-0 Hibernian: Tie far from over, says Alan Stubbs

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs says his men can overturn two-goal deficit
Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs says his men can overturn two-goal deficit

Manager Alan Stubbs insists Hibernian's promotion hopes are still alive after a 2-0 first-leg defeat to Rangers in the Scottish Premiership play-offs.

Goals either side of half-time from Nicky Clark and Kenny Miller put Rangers in command of the tie.

Stubbs, who felt his side should have taken more from Ibrox, says his men are looking for the first goal in Saturday's second leg at Easter Road.

"It's far from over, the tie's far from over," Stubbs told BBC Scotland.

"Stating the obvious we'd like to score first if possible on Saturday and then we'll see what a good game it could be.

"It'll be an entertaining game, I'm sure it will be. We'll come out and we'll look to try and get that first goal if we can, whether that's in the first 10, 20, 30 minutes, it's still got the potential to go 120 minutes on Saturday."

The winner of the play-off tie will face Motherwell in the final to determine who will play in the top flight next season.

Hibs had a number of corners and set-pieces - 13 corners to Rangers one - but could not take advantage.

"We had a lot, it's probably the most we've had," said Stubbs. "The reason we're 2-0 down is we should have done better with their goals.

"We had a few chances where, on another day, you'd like to think that we'd hit the target and make their keeper work.

"I thought we played some decent stuff. In the final third we probably just needed to take our time a bit more, sometimes it was a little bit rushed, one or two things just didn't fall for us, but overall I can't fault the way they played."

Hibs midfielder Scott Allan was repeatedly subjected to objects being thrown at him from the Rangers supporters as he delivered each corner, with the pitch covered in remnants of a pre-match banner.

"It could have been dealt with better but that's not my problem, that's Rangers'," said Stubbs. "If he had got hit with a coin, what would happen?

"They're still throwing stuff on the pitch. But, sometimes you get people who do silly things."

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