Forget Benfica, it’s all about the Hibs for Rangers now

Forget Benfica, it’s all about the Hibs for Rangers now
Rangers Belgian manager Philippe Clement looks on prior the UEFA Europa League last 16 first leg football match between SL Benfica and Glasgow Rangers at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on March 7, 2024. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP) (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

There is absolutely no rest for the wicked as Rangers must forget Benfica already and focus 100% on a gigantic clash with Hibs this weekend at Easter Road in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup.

Hibs, under Nick Montgomery, have significantly improved since Lee Johnson left, and are a strong bet for a top-6 slot on current form.

Just one loss in the last five, the Ediburgh side will be no mugs and they currently stand in the way of Rangers and a potential treble.

Of course that’s way way ahead, and well ahead of ourselves, but Hibs certainly stand in the way of the semi finals of the cup, and with their feeling like they might have a pop at this tournament, they will not be easy.

The biggest opponent really for Rangers is ourselves – how much of a Euro hangover will Clement’s side have after Thursday’s epic, how many changes can he feasibly make, and of course has he lost Dujon Sterling as well?

Clement’s record, as we’ve discussed before, on the weekend after a Euro midweek, is actually decent, it’s definitely not bad and to this present point, he’s never lost at Rangers on the weekend after a Euro match.

His record with Rangers is no longer faultless, but it remains very, very good and even a depleted Rangers should still have enough to overcome Hibs.

But then we said that about Motherwell and they deservedly won on the day with a strong performance which bullied Philippe Clement’s side and inflicted his first Ibrox loss.

So no underestimating anyone whatsoever, not Hibs, not Motherwell (any more), no one.

All teams we face now are 100% in the way of potential trophies, every match we play is potentially for a trophy, and we will need to be 100% recovered on Sunday and ready to face the Edinburgh tims.

Scottish Cup, and maybe a treble, rests on it.

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