Hibs head coach Jack Ross says UEFA’s decision to scrap the away goals rule could benefit his side in the second leg of their Europa Conference League third round qualifier.

Ross’ team drew 1-1 with Croatian outfit Rijeka in the first leg at Easter Road and victory tonight on the continent would set up a play-off tie with Bohemian FC of the Republic of Ireland or Greeks PAOK.  The Hibs head coach says it’s an exciting chance for the Easter Road club with the away goal ruled out.

Hibernian v HNK Rijeka - UEFA Europa Conference League Third Qualifying Round: First Leg

Hibs take on Rijeka again tonight. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

He said: “Obviously I can’t speak from great experience of it but already it seems to point towards that being the case. If you look at this game for example, would it be more troublesome us coming with the away goal rule (still in place)?

“It would be obviously so I think the first leg almost becomes redundant in terms of the way the game is played. I definitely think it is a positive rule change, it allows the games, particularly in the second leg, to be more open and attractive.”

Hibs head into the game with a 100% record in the Scottish Premiership so far this season. Ross added: “It was important that we started this season in a positive way, we have done that, we did it in pre-season and in the early-season results but also our form has been good as well.

“We have travelled here in the best possible frame of mind in terms of where the players are at performance-wise. We went into the first game with that clear-headedness about what we wanted to do and I think we produced a performance that reflected that.”

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