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Andy Halliday isn't ruling out Hibs title challenge

By Gavin McCafferty

Andy Halliday believes Rangers will have to keep their foot on the gas despite opening up an 11-point lead on Championship title rivals Hibernian.

Back-to-back slip-ups from the Easter Road men have allowed Gers to pull clear in the race for promotion, but Mark Warburton and his Ibrox squad are refusing to get carried away as they enter the final 10 games.

Neither the manager or midfielder Halliday are willing to admit they are now favourites following Hibs' defeats to Morton and Dumbarton. On the contrary, Halliday is worried Alan Stubbs' side could respond to their recent setbacks by winning all of their remaining games.

The former Livingston, Middlesbrough and Blackpool man has already seen the Leith side claw back an eight-point deficit earlier this season and is concerned it could happen again.

The 25-year-old said: "I think Hibs are a good enough team to win every game from now until the end of the season so it is up to us to stop that.

"We have a game against them at Easter Road in April which could be important. The distance has been there before and they managed to claw that back.

"We have 10 games to go and we have the ability to win all 10 - if we do that then we will have won the league."

Gers are in control of their own title destiny and Govan-born Halliday insists the Light Blues are not distracted by Hibs' troubles.

Speaking ahead of tonight's clash with Raith Rovers, he said: "Our mindset hasn't changed since the first game; we go into games and it's all about ourselves and we try not to worry about what is happening elsewhere.

"We're in a strong position but nothing is concrete yet and we still need to go into every game with the same mentality.

"Hibs are a good team, Falkirk are a good team and it has been a tight title race all the way through and I'm sure it will go down to the wire.

"We're going into tomorrow's game to try and get three points, it's as simple as that. We are not going to get carried away."

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