Matt Macey said about smoke bombs during Rangers game as Hibs No.1 claims ‘momentum’



Matt Macey watches a smoke bomb smolder on the lawn of Easter Road

Two fireworks were hurled across the turf in quick succession, one green from the east stand and one blue from the far end. The game has been interrupted to allow the cartridges to burn before they are removed.

Revealing that he hadn’t quite experienced the same level of ‘passion’ from England fans, Macey added: “I’m kind of new to Scottish football, but it seems a bit more common here. .

“It’s just one of the things you have to deal with. For me that’s a good thing, and I’m sure the goalkeepers would say they’d rather play somewhere like that than a half-empty stadium somewhere else.

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“I wanted to take one because at the time I felt we had a lot of momentum and I wanted to keep going, but obviously the police in the area were telling me not to.

“I didn’t really know what was going on. It was disappointing because I think we’re really looking to start at this point. That’s how it goes sometimes.”

The 27-year-old was, like his team-mates, bitterly disappointed not to take anything away from the game. He fought off the efforts of Ryan Kent and Scott Arfield before being beaten on a penalty by Kemar Roofe towards the end of the match.

“I think we played really well. I didn’t think we were going to take it, they really only had ranged shots.

“I think we were worth at least a point, definitely. We played the game a lot in their half of the field, which shows how much center stage we were, how dominating we were and how aggressive we were in our press. So yes, disappointing.

He continued: “I think we have proven that we can regularly face good teams. Since I’ve been at the club I don’t think we’ve had the results against them that our performances deserved.

“But that’s what we want to be as a club and as a team, they know it’s a big game and a tough game when they play against us.”

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