MARK WARBURTON believes victory against Hibernian in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final is the difference between a good season and a truly great one.
With the bare minimum Championship title and Petrofac Cup already safely under lock and key at Ibrox, the Light Blues now have the chance to lift their first piece of major domestic silverware in over five years with victory over Hibernian at the National Stadium on Saturday.
Success in that game will also give the club Europa League football and a return to continental competition a year ahead of schedule, and that’s something Warburton believes would be something to look back on with great fondness.
Speaking at yesterday’s press conference, the manager said: “It would be a fantastic achievement. It’s a Scottish Cup final, there’s a European place at stake.
“For us it will be a great end to what has been a good season.
“The target was obviously the league. The Petrofac Cup was a bonus and beating Dundee and then Celtic here at Hampden in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup was an even bigger bonus.
“But now we have to focus on finishing on a high and getting a result. Do I know my team? I do. We’ve got 16 players in the squad. We lose Dom Ball through suspension, which is a great shame as he’s had an outstanding season, but Martyn Waghorn comes in. He’s fit and well and ready to start.
“The players don’t know the team yet but they will do tomorrow. They all have a part to play. It will be a packed out National Stadium and we’ve got a big responsibility to the fans coming here to give us their support.”
Opponents Hibernian come into the game having missed out on promotion to the Premiership following a play-off defeat to Falkirk last Friday, but Warburton wouldn’t be drawn on their state of mind, instead insisting if his side do their job, the trophy will be returning to Ibrox for the first time in seven years.
He added: “We played each other just the five or six times so we know Hibs and Hibs know us. Our job is to go out there and do what we do well. It’s as simple as that. If we do, we’ll get the result we want.