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ROSS’ MIXED EMOTIONS

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JACK ROSS admitted he was “proud” of his Hibs players, despite their last 2-1 defeat against Rangers at Ibrox last night.

The Easter Road boss, though, was also hugely frustrated his team took nothing from the clash with Steven Gerrard’s side after taking the lead through Paul Hanlon.

George Edmundson, making his first Gers appearance since October, snatched an equaliser deep in first-half stoppage-time.

The visitors had to withstand tremendous pressure after the turnaround, but it still looked they would be returning to Edinburgh with a point until on-loan Genk striker Ianis Hagi fired the winner beyond for Marciano in the 86th minute.

Ross had urged his players to be far more competitive than they had been in their previous two encounters with Steven Gerrard’s side where they were trounced 6-1 in Glasgow and dumped 3-0 at home.

The manager, speaking to the Evening News, said: “I was proud of what my players gave me. It was hard work out of possession playing against a good team whose record at home is terrific.

“You have to be resolute and hard working and we were all those things, so I am hugely frustrated that we did not take anything from the game. But there were a lot of pluses for us.”

He added: “For the latter part of the first-half, I felt we were in a good position within the game and to concede with virtually the last kick of the half was frustrating.

“It was fine margins for us, but, as I have said, there was a huge amount of positives for us to take from the game given how our performances have been in the previous two matches.

”I thought at the start of the second-half Rangers were good.

“We had to be resilient and carry a bit of fortune in that period, but I did feel in that latter part of the second-half we were starting to carry more of a threat. Our decision-making could, perhaps, have been a little bit better in the final third.

“We had opportunities to counter and you are starting to feel a little bit more comfortable. The frustrating thing is it’s a second phase set-piece and we could probably have done better with it.

“There are a lot of mixed emotions, pride at their performance, but frustration that performance didn’t lead to us getting something from the match.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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