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Hibs may have edge in Cup replay: Lennon

Press Association logoPress Association 12/02/2017

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon believes ome advantage could prove vital in reaching the Scottish Cup quarter-finals following Sunday's goalless draw at Hearts.

The Edinburgh rivals will lock horns in a replay on February 22 and they could not be separated during a physical battle that was bereft of clear-cut chances but full of commitment.

Hearts striker Esmael Goncalves failed to take the best opportunity of the tie after just three minutes when his shot from close range was blocked by Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano after racing on to Lennard Sowah's pass.

At the other end Jason Cummings had an effort saved by Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton.

But former Celtic manager Lennon hopes the cup holders can see off their arch-rivals in the rematch.

"I am very pleased with my team and to come here and play like that against a Hearts side who were rampant in their previous two games says a lot about our team," he said.

"There is nothing between the teams and now we're taking them to Easter Road.

"We might have a slight advantage because we are at home. You would have to ask the bookies if we are the favourites for the replay.

"Hearts are a team that are fourth in the Premiership and we are in the Championship and I was very impressed with what I saw from my boys.

"I enjoyed my first taste of the Edinburgh derby and I thoroughly enjoyed it."

Rangers ended a tumultuous weekend on a positive note with a 2-1 win over Morton in their fifth-round clash at Ibrox

The club was rocked by news of boss Mark Warburton's resignation late on Friday night with confusion following when the club statement announcing his departure was reportedly denied by the Englishman.

Under-20s boss Graeme Murty was placed in temporary charge for the visit of the Championship side but supporters were further stunned when Michael Tidser fired the Greenock men ahead in the seventh minute with a fine volley.

However, Kenny Miller levelled six minutes later and fellow striker Martyn Waghorn scored from close range just after the hour mark and last season's beaten finalists emerged triumphant if, again, unconvincing.

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