Steven Whittaker wants to use Rangers' title run-in experiences to help Hibs to second place finish

Yictor Wanyama (R) of Celtic tries to tackle Steven Whittaker of Rangers during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on March 25,...

Hibernian are breathing down the neck of Rangers and Aberdeen in the race for second place.

Steven Whittaker of Hibernian in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic are few wins away from winning a seventh straight Scottish Premiership title, but the race for the runners-up spot is getting tougher, with the trio of Rangers, Aberdeen and Hibernian all battling it out to see who is the best of the rest.

Neil Lennon's side have emerged as the dark horses of the campaign, punching above their weight since securing promotion from the Scottish Championship.

Hibs trail the Gers and Dons by just four points and they are looking to cause an upset by beating the duo to second place.

Josh Windass of Rangers takes on Steven Whittaker of Hibernian during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow,...

Steven Whittaker fancies his side's chances, and has claimed his title run-in experiences with Rangers can help inspire him.

“The most nervous endings were on the helicopter days at Rangers. That’s the most pressure you’ll feel," Whittaker said about dealing with the pressure of keeping up with the bigwigs.

“We lost out in 2008, but we won the league on the final day 12 months later. That’s a good memory.

“These are all high-pressure games, but as a player, that’s what you want to be involved in."

The 33-year-old was at Ibrox between 2007 and 2012, winning three Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cup, while he also featured in the English Championship play-offs for Norwich City in 2015.

Rangers players surround Steven Whittaker after scoring during the Scottish Cup 5th round match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Hibs have seven more league games to pip Rangers and Aberdeen to second place, and accomplishing that mission could see heads roll at Ibrox.

Manager Graeme Murty's chances of getting the Gers job on a permanent basis and beyond this summer remain in the balance, and could depend on Rangers finishing the season in second place.

A former Gers player is leading the charge at Easter Road to beat the club to their dream spot, and Murty and his men must quickly arrest their recent slump if they are to hold on to their lead of others till the end.

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