GRAEME Murty has called on his players to remember how they felt after beating Aberdeen before their clash with Hibs tomorrow evening.
The Gers travel to Easter Road with the chance to go six points clear of their Edinburgh rivals in fourth.
Rangers picked up three wins in a row for the first time in nearly a year last weekend against Ross County and Murty now wants his squad to kick on with their new found confidence.
Speaking to the media ahead of the game he said:
“It is getting them to replicate that feeling in the changing room after Aberdeen, recognise how close they were and how upbeat they were after that game.
“They want that feeling again and the only way that you get that feeling again is by doing the small processes on the pitch that lead to a positive result.
“We have to get back to that, winning small things, small margins that make all the difference, winning individual battles, playing with a level of intensity that we are capable of and then not being phased by thing outside our group.
“I am glad it (three wins in a row) is off the player’s back because they are the ones who have to go and perform in a very big game on Wednesday.
“It is about confidence and making sure the players know what we did well and what we can improve.
“It’s about building that confidence and identity again of the club we would like to be and the players who we’d like to go and take that mantra forward.
“You like to beat the people you’re ahead of, we would like to make that gap bigger if we can but it isn’t about making a statement, it’s not about coming out and shouting from the rooftops that we’re this or that, it is about playing the game for the game’s sake and taking the three points if we can.
“We know it is going to be difficult so we have to be really on our game and really on our metal to go and withstand their challenge.”
Murty and assistant Jonatan Johansson went to watch Neil Lennon’s side on Sunday as they drew 2-2 with Celtic but admitted to leaving early after suspecting their tactics would be very different tomorrow night.
He continued: “I left the game early on Sunday because I don’t think Hibs will play in that manner against us and I don’t think we’ll play in Celtic’s style.
“We left and came back and spent the next three or four hours watching different games and seeing different formations.
“We think Mr Lennon is quite canny with his formational changes; he changes within the game and from game to game.
“I had to get a good feel, firstly for the place, that is why we went and for the environment our players are going to experience.
“But then also we had to get a view of their personnel and we saw some of them against Celtic but we saw a great deal more in the viewing we have done since.
“The players have to deal with the atmosphere, the players dealt with it against Aberdeen, both at Ibrox and Pittodrie.
“They have to go and embrace that as a Rangers player, going into environments that are hostile and are spiky. That is just part of it and we still need to be brave enough to go there and play our stuff. We have to withstand whatever challenge gets thrown at us.”