Jim Duffy predicts Rangers v Hibernian

The Greenock boss expects Rangers to edge out Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final.

Writing in The Scottish Sun, Jim Duffy has tipped Rangers to narrowly edge out Hibernian en route to Scottish Cup glory on Saturday.

Hampden Park plays host this weekend as Rangers take to the national stadium hoping to complete a domestic treble, having already coasted to Scottish Championship and Petrofac Training Cup success under manager Mark Warburton this season.

That being said, the Gers have not had a meaningful game of football since beating Celtic on penalties in the previous round, every game since either being a dead rubber Championship game or a behind-closed-doors friendly to avoid ring rust.

In contrast to Rangers, Hibs have had competitive outings, including a Scottish Premiership playoff semi-final with Falkirk in which a last-minute goal from Robert McHugh denied Alan Stubbs's side a spot in the final against Kilmarnock.

Even Duffy suggests Rangers will be slightly rusty, the Scottish football legend believes mental exhaustion on Hibs' part may just see Warburton's troops lift the cup come Saturday.

He wrote in The Scottish Sun: "The Ibrox side will need to time to get going once again after such a long lay-off. I know they played a closed-door game at Tottenham last week but that’s not the same thing.

"It will take them time to get up to match speed and Hibs can use that to their advantage. But if Rangers can get to half-time at 0-0 I would start to fancy them.

"By that stage they’ll have got their second wind and their legs will be far fresher. They also won’t be as mentally tired as Hibs, but it’s a difficult one to call. I give Rangers the slightest of edges right now — but only because of that McHugh goal."

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