Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs says his side's 6-2 Petrofac Training Cup defeat against Rangers should be written off due to exceptional circumstances.

Stubbs' side host Rangers at Easter Road on Sunday in a Scottish Championship fixture and the match is a repeat of the early season Petrofac Training Cup encounter.

On that day Rangers ran riot at Easter Road, but Stubbs feels there are reasons why the result happened and it will have no bearing on Sunday's game.

"I would put a line through the Petrofac game", he told BBC Scotland.

"We were in probably a place where we were hit massively with injuries. I managed to get a team on the pitch, but our bench was full of young lads", he added.


And Stubbs is full of confidence that his side can end Rangers' 100 per cent league record on Sunday by inflicting defeat on Mark Warburton's side, which would be Rangers' first of the season in the Championship.

"I know my team can beat Rangers.

"That is the biggest compliment I can pay my players. I believe in them 100%."

Hibernian are on a good run of form and have won all four of their league fixtures in October to rise to second in the table, just eight points behind leaders Rangers.