Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Weir going to fight right to the finish, says Rangers star

David Weir feels "robbed" by the decision not to award Rangers a goal against Hibernian which could have put them back in the driving seat in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

But the Ibrox captain predicts further twists and turns yet to come in the title race, with goal difference all that now separates the Old Firm at the summit.

Walter Smith's men were forced to settle for a point at Easter Road on Wednesday night when Nacho Novo cancelled out a first-half strike from Derek Riordan.

Novo also had an earlier effort which he claims was over the line but the view was not shared by assistant referee Martin Cryans, who refused to award a goal.

It was a moment which could have a bearing on the destination of the title, with Rangers now trailing arch-rivals Celtic with just two games remaining.

Weir said: "It's one of the disappointments, although the ultimate disappointment is not winning the game.

"We had chances to do that. But you feel robbed a bit when you realise that decision has gone against you.

"There is frustration in the respect that we didn't get what we deserved. In the second half, especially, we put a lot into the game, we had good chances to win the game and had a goal disallowed that was clearly a goal."

Rangers welcome Aberdeen in the lunchtime kick-off tomorrow, before Celtic travel to Hibs on Sunday and Weir believes the outcome of the championship is still impossible to predict.

He said: "Hibs are a tough team and Aberdeen are a tough team — every game is tough in this league.

"There are two games to go for both teams and I'm sure there will be ups and downs and it's just up to us to get over those."

With every chance of the title being decided by the narrowest of margins, Weir knows fans will be expecting a rout against Aberdeen in a bid to pile the pressure on Celtic ahead of their own game. “We've just to win the game," said the veteran defender.

"We've got to give Aberdeen credit — they will be trying to win the game as well.

"It's not going to be simple. We've got to turn up, give our all and try to win the game first and foremost."

But, despite the sense of injustice and disappointment at the result against Hibs, Weir believes confidence should be high in the Ibrox dressing room.

He said: "There are massive positives, when you look at the effort the boys put in and the application.

"You can't ask for any more, other than the win, but the boys put a lot in and should gain a lot of confidence from that.

"Hopefully, we can go on now and go from strength to strength.

"We realised at half-time, 1-0 down after Derek Riordan had scored a great goal, that we had to take the game to them.

"Nacho and Kyle Lafferty came on and gave us an added dimension in attack and I don't think we were out of their half in the second half."

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