Rangers star explains key benefit of Hibs victory in promotion chase

Kenny Miller believes there is one key reason that defeating Hibernian was vital.

The Gers defeated second placed Hibs 2-0 on Sunday, and Miller has admitted to the Daily Record that it will increase belief in the squad that the Light Blues could defeat their opponents in the play-offs.

Rangers have now played Hibs four times this season, and, after losing the first three fixtures, they have finally proved that they can defeat Alan Stubbs’ side. Not only did the result mean that the Light Blues close the gap on the second placed side to three points with a game in hand, but it meant that Stuart McCall raised spirits ahead of a potential play-off tie.

With Hearts storming to the Championship title, any chance of promotion to the Premiership for Rangers will be through the play-offs, and it is likely that they will face Hibs in the post-season run-in. The first three games against them had brought a 9-1 aggregate loss, and some incredibly poor performances, but McCall’s first victory in his spell as manager put an end to that run.

If Rangers had entered a play-off tie with Hibs having not beaten them in the regular season, hopes would have been low prior to kick-off. However, recording a convincing win at this stage suggests that the talent is there to overcome their promotion rivals, and Kenny Miller believes that they have now proved to themselves that they can win.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Scottish veteran Miller said: “Hibs could still come out and say it’s 9-3 to them on aggregate. But it was important for us as a team to go out and perform like that in a big game. We have let ourselves down in these matches so far.

“It was important to prove to ourselves we can handle Hibs and can beat them because we were worthy winners.”

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