LEE WALLACE believes the Hibs players will have put recent league disappointments behind them and will be firing on all cylinders in today’s Scottish Cup Final.
Alan Stubbs’ squad face at least another season in the SPFL Championship following their play-off defeat to Falkirk but Gers skipper Waldo feels they will have recovered from that massive blow in time for their trip to Hampden.
Having coming up against the Hibees on five occasions already this season and enjoyed three victories, Lee knows his side will take on a strong opponent at 3pm this afternoon but insists Rangers’ preparations could not have been better, despite a three-week break in competitive games.
When asked how difficult it would be for Hibs to forget about their recent play-off hell before the final, Wallace answered: “I think it will be easy for them because they are playing against us, they are playing against the champions and it’s a cup final.
It’s going to be eleven, or 18, highly motivated Hibs players, we know that, we are aware of all that, but the bottom line is they are playing us and that’s the biggest thing for me.
“While we know that, the only interest we have got is preparing ourselves as best we can and I feel we’ve done that.
“In the three-week window we’ve had it’s easy to question ‘is it the right preparation?’
“But the three-week plan we had in place was outstanding, great preparation, and we’ve all benefited from that as players for a number of reasons.
“We are more than ready for this game so it’s one, of course, we are all looking forward to.”
Being a former Hearts player, Wallace is aware of Hibs’ 114-year wait to win the Scottish Cup and he hopes to increase that wait further with his Rangers team-mates today.
He added: “Of course we are aware of that, we’re all more than aware of how long it has been since Hibs have won it.
“But I think that is their motivation, we don’t need to use their motivation for our motivation if that makes sense.
We know exactly what we need to do to win the game and I think they’ll have a number of different reasons for wanting to win, the disappointments in the last few weeks and, of course, the hoodoo.
“But we will mainly be focused on what we can do to win the game and we’ll not take any notice of any other statistics based on their history.
“We’re just fully focused on how we can approach the game and what we need to do to win it.”