The former Rangers midfielder was brought back to his home town from Leicester City by Mark McGhee and enjoyed an epic battle in midfield throughout 90 minutes with Barry Ferguson, a man he once called a colleague.

"The manager has done brilliantly here," Hughes said. "He has come here and installed that belief into us that we can go out, not keeping it to a two- or three-nil defeat, but that we can win the game. We were confident we could beat Rangers, we knew we could get something out the game because of the confidence within our squad."