Alan Stubbs reckons Hibs and Rangers would more than hold their own in the Premiership


BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press

Alan Stubbs insists both Hibs and Rangers would more than hold their own in the Premiership.

Vital points are up for grabs when the teams lock horns in a top of the table Championship clash today.

Alan Stubbs
Stubbs is delighted with the strength of his squad


But Hibs head coach Stubbs reckons both clubs would compliment the Premiership.

He said: “We are where we are, and we have to get on with it.

“Yes, I think both of our squads would adapt and be competitive in the Premiership, I don’t think there is any doubt about that. I think we would be right up there.

“I also know that we have played three Premiership teams (Ross County, Dundee United and Aberdeen) since I have been here and we are unbeaten.

“I think that is a reflection of how we would do and that is where we want to be.”

Meanwhile, Stubbs, whose side have been beaten by Rangers in the Petrofac Training Cup and league already this season, insists there is no bad blood between himself and Ibrox counterpart Mark Warburton.

The pair appeared to fall out when Stubbs claimed in August that it was ‘very easy’ to assemble a good squad when you have money to spend.

Former Brentford boss Warburton responded by telling Stubbs to ‘keep his mouth shut’.

Stubbs added: “My door is always open to any manager. Listen, I am paid to win games of football.

“Managers are very rarely the best of friends – we have a job to do.

“I want to beat him and he wants to beat me. When you have got that you have a rivalry.

“I was a terrible competitor as a player – I am a lot more relaxed as a coach, believe me. But I want to win. You do what you have to do to win – but in a respectful way.”