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Stubbs: Players need to crawl off the park

By May 20, 2016No Comments

Alan Stubbs has demanded his Hibernian players leave nothing out on the park in their Scottish Cup final against Rangers as he says it might be the last chance those players have of winning the Cup.

Hibs go head-to-head with Rangers on Saturday at Hampden, hoping to end their 114-year Scottish Cup hoodoo on the back of a League Cup final defeat to Ross County and a play-off semi-final loss to Falkirk this season.

And Stubbs has urged his side to seize their chance and make themselves legends at the club.

“I don’t think you need a carrot dangling in terms of what is at stake on Saturday. They may never have another opportunity to play in a Scottish Cup final. I’d love them to play in two, three or four Cup finals but the likelihood of that is they may not.

“And that’s why on Saturday they basically have to crawl off that pitch at the end and give everything they’ve got in order to try to win it.

“It’s been a season that we can take positives out of. The big negative is we didn’t achieve our main goal and we’re disappointed from that but after Saturday we are already focusing on next season. We are planning towards making the team even stronger.

“We’ve seen all the games for us to come through Raith, Falkirk and Kilmarnock before the Scottish Cup in between would have been some ask I didn’t want to say it before but it was bordering on impossible.

“But we were prepared to do that because we knew what was at stake and the rewards of it.”

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