Hibernian Super Fan previews Rangers game
This is part of a regular series from our panel of Super Fans on upcoming Rangers games. Ahead of Rangers’ game against Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup, we caught up with Hibernian Super Fan Matty from the @longbangers podcast...
It has been less than two weeks since Rangers lost to Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.
However, they must now do it all over again as the Bears visit Edinburgh to face Hibs and try to gain some revenge after the 3-1 defeat at Hampden Park.
Ahead of the game, we managed to catch up with Matty from the @longbangers podcast, and he provided us with the lowdown and some reflections on the previous match.
What did you make of the semi-final?
The semi-final was a surprise; Hibs and Rangers both produced unexpected performances but in very different ways. I think it was Goldson after the match who said Rangers lacked a spark, and I think once Hibs scored, Rangers’ heads went, and they never really troubled Hibs after that. I think if the first goal had gone the other way, we’d probably have seen a very different outcome.
Were you surprised at how bad Rangers were at the back?
I wasn’t that surprised at Rangers’ defending. They’re a team who, let’s face it, aren’t really troubled defensively domestically, so any perceived weaknesses don’t get shown up, but we have seen this season that if you are direct and aggressive, then the defence is vulnerable.
Were you shocked by Goldson’s comments?
Goldson’s comments were a surprise. I wouldn’t expect any player from any team to be throwing the towel in at 3-1 at half-time, and while it might have been an honest assessment of where and why he thought Rangers struggled, for a player to effectively come out and say that they lost a cup semi-final due to just going through the motions, it should set alarm bells ringing.
What have you made of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s impact so far?
GvB’s start has been everything he’d have wanted. Progress in Europe and a win at a potentially tricky venue in Livingston gives him the breathing space to get settled in without any immediate pressure.
Are you expecting a totally different Rangers side on Wednesday?
I think we’ll see a very different Rangers. There’s going to be a lift from the last two games, and with GvB watching the semi-final, he’ll have seen first-hand what to expect from Hibs and so will likely have a plan to counter our tactics. That said, it’s by, and large the same players and games between the sides have been very close.
Who can hurt the Gers again?
Hibs have been playing well since the enforced covid break; we’ve won two out of three games in the last week and absolutely battered St Johnstone on Saturday. Kevin Nisbet has hit form, and Boyle is back from suspension, so he’ll likely come in for Gullan. I wouldn’t put it past Porteous to play a pivotal role in the match one way or another either.
We would like to thank Matty for providing us with these answers again.
Certainly, this should be a fascinating game, and we are looking forward to seeing if GvB can keep up his 100% record against a Hibs side in a bit of form.
In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson has put a price tag on Joe Aribo’s head.