Date: 31st October 2015 at 12:59pm
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Hibernian go into the meeting with Glasgow Rangers eight-points adrift of the Scottish Championship leaders, however David Gray’s told the Edinburgh News, ahead of this game, it’s not a game that’ll decide the title whatever the outcome.

Many feels Sunday’s game at Easter Road is a ‘must win’ for Hibs, which if this doesn’t happen and Rangers leave with all three-points that basically wraps up the title?

It’s hard to disagree with such thoughts really isn’t it but Gray doesn’t subscribe to that viewpoint.

Asked if a Rangers win would end Hibs’ title chances the Hibees captain wasn’t amused as he thinks it’s ‘disrespectful’ to the whole of the Championship if such a view is taken, with him answering that question with this answer.

‘On the first day in November? The way Rangers are going at the moment they are flying. But we have to concentrate on ourselves and try to stop them. But I certainly don’t think it’s the case that if we don’t win then the title race is over.

‘That’s disrespectful to the rest of the teams in the league. It’s a very difficult league and we have dropped points in matches we have been expecting to win this season. Every game is difficult so to say that the league would be finished is a bit silly and disrespectful to the rest of the teams in the league.’

As it happens, despite being eight-points off Rangers, Hibs actually 10-points better off than this stage of last season but it’s a feeling of déjà vu in many ways with the Gers starting like the Hibees Edinburgh rivals Hearts had, and as we all know they ran away with the title….

Gray added he’s happy with the start made, as are the whole squad, with him targeting a win to cut the Rangers lead to five-points.

‘We never started as well as we would have liked this season, but we are slowly getting going. We are on a good run. We are a good few points better off this season than last. The issue then was Hearts got off to such a good start it was hard to catch them. But we have a good opportunity to cut down Rangers’ lead tomorrow.’

The defender also disagreed this is a ‘must win’ game with this ‘no different’ to any other game Hibs are involved with.

In actual fact all games, for Gray, are treated as must win with him also saying he felt Hibs gave a better account of themselves at Ibrox that the scoreline might have suggested earlier in the season.

‘We treat every match in this league as a must-win game. This week is no different and hopefully with a good crowd behind us we can get the right result. It’s in our hands to cut the gap if we get the win.

‘It’s two sides on a good run right now but hopefully it’s us who keep that good run going. I felt we played really well at Ibrox earlier in the season and if we had taken our chances it could have been a different story. It took a great free-kick from the lad (James Tavernier) to separate the teams.

‘Sometimes you get the luck, sometimes you don’t. But I am sure there are times this season we have played worse and got all three points.’

If another goal, in what will be the 10th time in just a year the two sides have faced each other, came from right back Gray, with him scoring his first ever competitive goal against Rangers 13-months ago, he’ll take that but ultimately he’ll take a goal from anyone if it brings Hibs the points.

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