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Hibs run against Rangers has been embarrassing for too long but I have an example of what could happen



The memories of the League Cup semi-final victory against Rangers from 20 years ago still resonate strongly for former Hibs players like Scott Brown. That match, where a team of young and fearless players overcame a star-studded Rangers lineup, serves as a source of inspiration for the current Hibs team facing Rangers in their upcoming match.

Despite being considered underdogs against Rangers back then, the Hibs side of 2004, featuring talents like Brown, Kevin Thomson, Garry O’Connor, Derek Riordan, and others, defied the odds with determination and fearlessness. They fought back from behind, equalizing late and ultimately winning in a penalty shootout.

Brown believes that while the gap between the teams may have been wider back then, it’s still a tall order for Hibs to defeat Rangers now. However, he emphasizes that the key for Nick Montgomery’s side will be to approach the game without fear, just like they did two decades ago.

Reflecting on recent encounters between Hibs and Rangers, Brown acknowledges the disappointing performances by Hibs and stresses the need for significant improvement. He points out that other teams, like Motherwell, have shown that Rangers can be challenged and made uncomfortable on the field.

Despite recent setbacks, Brown believes that Hibs have shown glimpses of their potential under Montgomery’s leadership. With the firepower at their disposal, Hibs have the capability to trouble any team, and Brown encourages them to replicate the intensity and determination they displayed in previous matches.

Switching from a 4-4-2 formation to a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 setup has made Hibs look more solid defensively while also providing them with more attacking options. With six attacking players capable of causing damage when they play aggressively, this tactical adjustment has allowed Hibs to maximize their offensive potential while maintaining defensive stability.

The 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation provides Hibs with a balanced approach, allowing them to control the midfield while also having enough players forward to threaten the opposition’s defense. This flexibility in formation has allowed Hibs to adapt their style of play based on the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents, making them a more versatile and unpredictable team.

Overall, the switch in formation has been beneficial for Hibs, both offensively and defensively, and has contributed to their improved performances under Nick Montgomery’s management.



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