Jack Ross says Hibs fell way short of the mark against Rangers as they endured a 3-0 defeat.
The night started in terrible fashion for Ross. Ofir Marciano was put under pressure by Joe Aribo, which led to a loose backpass into Ryan Kent’s feet. He made no mistake with the finish.
It was two just four minutes later. Aribo again was causing problems and fired a powerful shot into the top corner. Hibs couldn’t really get a foothold in the game after this.
Jermain Defoe finished the scoring before Ryan Porteous was sent off for a rash challenge on Borna Barisic. It capped off a bad night for Ross, with the young defender now set to miss next week’s Edinburgh derby.
Speaking after the game, Ross said: “We were a long way short of where we needed to be to give ourselves a chance of winning. We knew this would be a tough match.
“To concede two goals so early and in the manner that we did, then it makes it hugely difficult to take something. We’ve played the top two teams in this country over the last few days.
“What both teams do is put contact on you and I mean that in the best possible way. They’re aggressive in how they get after the ball and that’s what you need to do.
“They do that part of the game well and we were lacking in that tonight. We’re going to need that on Boxing Day obviously with the type of game it is but we need to make sure we have that in the team.”