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Graft behind Hibs' success - Hogg

Hibernian captain Chris Hogg
Hogg has been with Hibernian since 2005, becoming captain in 2009

Hibernian captain Chris Hogg believes the club's success so far this season is down to the hard work put in by the players and the new management team.

John Hughes' side will go top of the Scottish Premier League on Saturday if they beat champions Rangers at Ibrox.

"With the gaffer coming in, it's had a positive influence straight from the off," said Hogg.

"We haven't been great, but we haven't been poor, so it's been an okay start and it's something to build on."

Hogg has featured in three Hibs teams that have beaten Rangers on their home turf and feels that the experience of winning in Glasgow can only help them this weekend.

"We've always had a confident squad and we've always had players in the squad and the managers to believe that we can go there and win. I don't think that's changed," added the Englishman.

"Whenever you go to Ibrox, you've got to be confident and believe you can go there and create chances, take the game to them and try and give them as a good a game as you can.

"It's been a good ground to me since I've been up here. I'm sure it's going to be a tough encounter and it's one we're relishing.

We're sitting in third position and it's important we don't get carried away with that

Chris Hogg

"We need to try and influence the game when we do go there in a positive manner and, if we can do that, I'm confident we can get a result.

"If you got to Ibrox and sit back and try to defend for 90 minutes, you're going to get beat. They'll create chances, they're at home.

"It's up to us to minimise the chances and also create our own chances when we do go forward and, knowing the gaffer, I'm sure we'll be playing an attacking style and trying to get those goals, so it should be a good match-up."

Hibs have picked up 10 points from their last four games and their captain says that the longer the run continues the more confidence the team will gather.

However, Hogg also insists that it is the results against the non-Old Firm sides that will decide their SPL destiny.

"Since I've been at the football club, it's been those games that have cost us or where we've managed to pick up points and gone okay in the league," Hogg said.

"Those are the games where we need to show a bit of grit and determination that'll push us on.

"The games at the top of the table always take care of themselves, like against the Old Firm, the derby and games with other teams that are in and around us.

"I remember under John Collins we managed to get up there at the top of the league and we went on a horrendous losing streak afterwards.

"I think we've got to believe in ourselves, but I'm not going to be stupid enough to sit here and say we're going to do this or we're going to do that.

"It's up to us to stay focussed and keep our feet grounded and try and grind out results like we did at the weekend against Kilmarnock and, if we can do that, who knows where it can take us?

"We're seven or eight games into the league and we've had an okay start. We're sitting in third position and it's important we don't get carried away with that."



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