Date: 30th December 2015 at 1:46pm
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Manager Alan Stubbs has given his thoughts on the loss to Rangers and also previewed the Raith Rovers encounter.

Beginning with the four two defeat to Rangers at Ibrox and the fact the result opened up a three point gap at the top of the Championship table, Stubbs told the Official Site that he’d been desperately disappointed to see Hibernian drop three points as whilst he admitted it had been a great spectacle of a match, he felt we had contributed to our own downfall with the goals they scored.

‘I`ve got to be honest, when you come to places like this, it`s not an easy place to come to – especially when you`ve got a packed house. I thought we contributed to the game and I felt we played our part in it, but we also played our part in their goals as well.’

In wider press coverage he’s also quoted as saying as pre game words.

‘Listen, if it takes my words to motivate another team then we all have problems. Today I thought was a fantastic atmosphere. You had two good teams and I think you could see there is not an awful lot between the teams. The league says that, my eyes tell me that. There is a long way to go. Congratulations to Rangers today. Well done, they have won the game – but there is still a lot of football to be played. We have literally just touched halfway and if you had given me this situation before the season I would have snapped your hands off. Will it go to the wire? I hope so. But one thing I haven`t got is a crystal ball – I haven`t mastered that one yet – but I think everybody would like that. Not just between us and Rangers, but Falkirk as well. They have been great and I said weeks and weeks ago they were still involved. The good thing about it this that you have got ourselves, Rangers and Falkirk who could all potentially take points off each other. When you have a Championship like that it keeps everybody on their toes.’

Moving on to the Raith match, Stubbs built on his post game comments that we would treat the loss as a blip and not let it effect us, so the plan this weekend is to get back to winning ways and draw a line under it.

‘I`ve spoken to the players, both individually and collectively, about not feeling sorry for themselves. We`ve done really, really well up to now. If I was given this situation before the season started, would I have taken it? Of course I would have done. We`ve done really well up to now, and we can`t lose sight of that now because we`ve lost a game of football after 17 games. It doesn`t affect what we still want to achieve, it`s just a little bump, I said that there were going to be twists and turns. Saturday gives us a chance to go again.’

John McGinn was also in front of the media ahead of the coming game and he insisted that confidence in the group hadn’t been effected given the Rangers result, and he was confident that they would show that at the next time of asking.

‘If you put it into perspective one defeat in 18 isn`t too bad at all, we just need to try and put a similar run together. Our confidence has not been dented. We know it was just a minor blip in what was a really good run. We know we`ve got the players in here that can put together another run like that.’

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