Riordan admits to Gers puzzle
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Derek Riordan admits Hibs could face a tough decision when they play Rangers.
Hibernian striker Derek Riordan admits he is unsure of the best way to tackle Rangers when the two teams meet in early May.
Hibs require a helping hand from their Glasgow opponents if they are to claim the final Uefa Cup spot in the Scottish Premier League.
Rangers need to finish above Hearts and claim the second UEFA Champions League spot behind champions Celtic so that Hibs get the European berth instead of The Jambos' Scottish Cup final opponents Gretna.
However, Riordan does not want to go into any game with a losing mentality but also knows a defeat could be in the interest of Hibs' European challenge.
"The best result for us could possibly be to lose against Rangers but it is a horrible position to be in to be thinking about any game like that," Riordan told the Daily Record.
"How can players play a game to lose it?
"Players just do not play games to deliberately lose as it is ingrained in your nature as a professional to win every game.
"But it is a strange situation that we find ourselves in.
"A lot depends on how other results go, of course, but we do not want to get beat in any game.
"We were in a similar situation last season when Rangers won the league by beating us 1-0 as the result suited both teams.
"We have to do what is best for ourselves. Europe was our target last season and it remains our primary objective this season.
"But we are in a no-win situation."