Hibs manager Jack Ross is “excited” by the prospect of facing Rangers at Hampden in the semi-final of the League Cup and challenged his players to take the “next step” against the champions.

The Hibees head to Hampden on the weekend of November 20/21 to play for a place in the first final of the season, with Ross thinking it will provide a “good barometer” of where his side is this season.

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While Ross admits that any of the three potential semi opponents would have been a tough game, he’s looking forward to testing his Hibs players against Rangers having put up “highly competitive” performances against them last season.

“Whoever we got, it was going to be a tough game,” he said. “I’m excited by it.

“The big difference from the previous semi-finals is the size of the crowd that will be there and a good atmosphere will be generated.

 

“It’s a brilliant tie. Rangers won three of the games last season but I thought we were highly competitive. It’s about taking that next step.

“We play Rangers in the league before the semi-final as well which will be a good barometer to see where we’re at as well. It will give us some indication of how we plan for that game.

“There’s a lot of football still to be played before that time. It’s just brilliant for the players to be in another semi-final.”

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