Hibernian manager urges focus on league rather than cup final

Hibernian host Rangers tomorrow night at Easter Road in what will be must-win game.

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs has urged his side to forget about their upcoming Scottish Cup final with Rangers, and told them to focus on beating them in the league instead.

Hibs play Rangers tomorrow at Easter Road, and Stubbs told Sky Sports that his thoughts are on that game alone.

"People will start to ask questions if this is a curtain-raiser for the final, but I don't think it will be,2 he said. "Our thoughts are on tomorrow, not the final."

The former Everton man went on to suggest that his side might hold the advantage because they have more riding on the outcome than the visitors, who have already secured promotion to the Premiership.

"Tomorrow is a chance for us to get three points," Stubbs added. "In terms of the league, it means a lot more to us than it does to Rangers."

He also refused to be drawn on whether his side will be giving Rangers a guard of honour, saying the most important thing is that there will be two good teams on display.

"We all just want to see the game, it's not about other issues," he said. "The most important thing is that you'll see two good teams tomorrow night."

His side currently sit six points behind second placed Falkirk in the table, but they do have two games in hand. They will be desperate to climb above them in the table, and in turn avoid the preliminary playoff that will take place between the third- and fourth-placed teams in the league.

An abysmal run of form has seen the Edinburgh club pick up just one win in their last eight Championship games, and a win tomorrow against the soon-to-be crowned Championship winners will be a must for Stubbs' men.

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