Darren McGregor confident Hibernian are back on track despite defeat to Rangers

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DARREN MCGREGOR is confident Hibernian have put their Hampden heartache behind them despite losing to Rangers.

Alfredo Morelos netted the only goal of the game on Wednesday night as Hibernian missed the chance to close the gap to third-placed Aberdeen in the Premiership standings.

A trip to Dundee United is next on the agenda for boss Jack Ross and his side will be looking over their shoulder as in-form Livingston continue to impress.

But McGregor is sure there will be no further hangover from their Betfred Cup defeat to St Johnstone following an improved performance against Rangers.

McGregor said: “We spoke about that at the start of the week and our reaction sometimes, to conceding or in the face of adversity, isn’t what we would want.

“We had an open air conversation about it and everyone said their piece and I thought you saw a reaction from that. Listen, myself and probably the fans that watch it won’t mind getting beat as long as you give your all and I think you saw that on Wednesday night.

“We have come away from the game with no points but I felt we were in a much better place than at the start of the week.

“He said he wasn’t happy and he has made a point of saying it in the Press sometimes as well. He will come in on the Monday and he might change his words that he said at half-time or full-time but I think he wanted to double down on that and he said that it wasn’t good enough and, in stages, it was way, way below the bar that he sets.

“I think having that conversation and the performance on Wednesday night shows that everyone has taken heed of that.

“We are definitely conscientious of the teams round about us but I think we have got a good squad and we need to show that resilience more often than not.

“You will accept coming off the park having been defeated as long as you have given your all. If we play like that most weeks we will be fine.”

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