19 Feb Alloa hope to derail Hibs title push
Alloa boss Jack Ross says he hopes to derail Hibernian’s title challenge.
The Wasps face Hibs on Sunday in the Scottish Championship clash with Alan Stubbs’ men eight points behind leaders Rangers with a game in hand.
Ross has seen both clubs at close quarters having drew with Rangers last week and then watching Hibs’ Scottish Cup fifth round win over Hearts.
And he doesn’t think there is much between the two sides but the basement boys are hoping to pull off a shock at Easter Road on Sunday.
“The performances the players have been giving me over the last six or seven weeks has been excellent and we’re starting to get the reward in terms of points that we are picking up,” he said.
“I hope we can play some part in the title race starting on Sunday when we go to Easter Road and then Ibrox on the penultimate game of the season.
“I know we got some criticism for narrowing the pitch but I may have to brick the goals up because I imagine we’d come under a huge amount of pressure!
“They’ve still to play each other twice both at Easter Road and Ibrox so I think those fixtures will go a long way to decide who will win the title outright.
“Hibs are playing catch-up slightly and can’t afford to drop too many points. Rangers slightly have the edge in terms of points but there’s very little to choose between them.”
The synthetic surface debate raged on with Rangers boss Mark Warburton calling for plastic pitches to be banned in the top flight.
But Ross warned against such a move citing the 10,000 seater stadium rule that proved costly for clubs and which was eventually scrapped.
“If they were outlawed it takes us back to the 10,000 minimum seating requirement which was a disaster for a number of clubs in a financial sense,” he said.
“For instance, if Falkirk secured promotion would they then be expected to rip up the surface and put down grass?
“In hindsight people would have never have made that 10,000 seater rule whether this would have the same impact I don’t know but it’s certainly something worth considering.
“As a player I would have always said I preferred playing on grass because I played a lot of my career on it.
“But as a manager of a part-time club the artificial surface is fantastic for me because it gives us consistent and regular training base.
“There are more than likely here to stay for various reasons such as climate and financial resources. Clubs have had to put them down and I think more of them will appear through the leagues.”