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Hibs fans work with the board to help Fenlon

A group of Hibs fans have began a  three day initiative to contact as many of the non-renewing season ticket holders as they can to help the Club gain invaluable supporter feedback.

Following consultation with the board, volunteers under the banner of ‘Let’s Work Together’ gathered within the West Stand at Easter Road and started telephoning supporters who have not renewed their season tickets to find out the reasons why.

The scheme runs for three evenings, and already a number of fans on the Hibs Net forum have praised the efforts of the volunteers.

The opinions of the lapsed supporters will be made known to the board and so far several fans have suggested that changing kick off times to suit television schedules mean that they are unable to attend all the games. Last year, Hibs games kicked off at sixteen different times, and ironically this Sunday’s game against Dundee United has been brought forward from 3pm to 1pm at short notice, leaving many fans frustrated after booking buses and train tickets.

So far, Hibs season ticket sales are believed to be slightly up on last year however this number is made up from fans who purchased one to ensure they received a cup final ticket, and around 2,500 who bought one last season have failed to renew.

With the loss of finances resulting from the Rangers situation, Chairman Rod Petrie has targeted an additional 3000 fans to help Pat Fenlon build a squad capable of challenging at the top of the league.

Earlier today Petrie issued a statement on the Hibs website thanking the volunteers who took part. He said: “We are grateful to all supporters who, in these difficult times, have committed to help the Manager in this vital pre and early season period as he seeks to build a new and improved squad for the season ahead.

“We know not every fan can make the commitment, and every fan who attends Easter Road or buys from the Club Store deserves our thanks. But Season Tickets play a unique role, providing an early certainty of income that allows us to shape our squad.

“We can only spend what we know we can afford and season ticket sales are a big part of that. We would urge any supporters still considering – if you can re-new, please do.

“We are also very grateful to supporters from Let’s Work Together who are giving their time and skills to help the Club reach out to those who have not yet renewed, gaining valuable feedback. We will not be able to call all of the supporters, but the response to the initiative has been positive.”

Among the volunteers were lifelong fans including Kenny Harris who said: “I want to see Easter Road filled. I have been coming since season 65/66 and I just wanted to help,” Cat Twigg who said: “Sometimes it is frustrating to be on the side lines and this was a chance to do something positive. It is about helping, sticking by the team,” and James Belton who said: “This has been a valuable way for the club to get a great deal of information on the views of supporters. The response we have had has been very positive from everyone’s we spoke with, even those reluctant to renew were glad of the opportunity to talk.”

Meanwhile the Club have announced the player’s squad numbers for the forthcoming season. New signing Tim Clancy has been allocated the number two jersey, previously worn by Hibs legend John Brownlie, whilst fellow countryman Eoin Doyle will wear number ten.

Significantly the number seven jersey has not been allocated so far, and Irish international defender Alan Maybury wore this strip in Saturday’s draw with Huddersfield Town. Pat Fenlon remains keen to sign the former Leeds player and has confirmed that talks are on-going. The news that a deal has been struck with Sky TV may provide the necessary funds.

The full list is as follows: 1 Ben Williams, 2 Tim Clancy, 3 Callum Booth, 4 Paul Hanlon, 5 Sean O’Hanlon, 6 James McPake, 8 Jorge Claros, 9 Leigh Griffiths, 10 Eoin Doyle, 11 Paul Cairney, 14 David Wotherspoon, 16 Lewis Stevenson, 17 Ivan Sproule, 19 Pa Kujabi, 20 David Stephens, 21 Calum Antell, 22 Scott Smith, 23 Danny Galbraith, 26 Sam Stanton, 29 Ross Caldwell.

Fans pay tribute to former captain Ian Murray

As Pat Fenlon starts to reshape Hibs and bring in his own players, former club captain and long term servant Ian Murray has left Easter Road at the end of his contract and is looking to continue his career in either America or back in the UK.

Last night, Hibs fans finally said a fond farewell to Murray at his testimonial dinner in Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange. This was the last in a series of events over the past twelve months to commemorate the service that Ian has given to the club that he and his family have always supported.

In an emotional night for the thirty one year old utility player, a ‘who’s who’ of past heroes lined up to pay tribute to his footballing skills and attitude which made him such a favourite with the Easter Road faithful.

First up was arguably the greatest ever Hibs player and the sole survivor of the legendary Famous Five; Lawrie Reilly. The great man didn’t mince his words when asked for his assessment of Ian. He told Irish News Review: “Ian Murray has been the best player on Hibs books since he returned the club and I’m not just saying that because this is his night. I tell anyone who will listen that, and I only wish we had more like him.”

Two legends who were part of the 1991 Skol Cup victory also praised Ian and claimed that he was good enough to have made that team although the competition in midfield would be stiff.

Micky Weir, who is currently weighing up options for coaching roles in the East of Scotland League said: “Ian was a good player. He was wholehearted and what you see is what you get.”

Keith Wright said: “Ian would have been a great addition to our squad when we played although he would have had to fight for his place with Murdo (McLeod) and Pat McGinley. I liked watching him in the Sauzee team and it was good that he progressed to a higher level with Scotland, Rangers and Norwich. It’s an honour to be at this event to pay my respect to a good Hibs man.”

Chairman Rod Petrie said: “Ian has been a tremendous servant to the club and sets an example that others would do well to follow. I wish him all the best in his future career,”

Comedian Russ Williams then entertained the fans with his stand-up routine before running the auction which raised over £4500.

Tickets for Curtis Stiger went for £240, a framed Ian Murray strip from his last ever Hibs game went for £400. A golf four-ball at Archerfield reached £250 and Manchester United tickets went for £650. Overnight accommodation with dinner for two at Le Monde went for £240 and the chance to play against Hibs legends made £300. Memorabilia from Ian’s testimonial match including signed Patrick Vieira boots fetched £700.

Table 18, sponsored by Edinburgh Lock Centre, Radcliffe Terrace took the award for the most generous of the night when Max Preston from the Southside bid £800 for framed tennis  shirts worn and signed by the Murray bothers, Andy and Jamie, whilst father and son Lionel and Fraser Wilson paid £1000 for two tickets to The Proclaimers sell out show on Thursday 22 November at Edinburgh Playhouse including VIP backstage passes , two signed copies of their latest CD and Hibs home and away tops signed by Craig and Charlie.

The evening continued with an on-stage interview of Ian by TV star Grant Stott, before The Proclaimers raised the roof with a mixture of new songs and old favourites such as Letter from America, Let’s get Married, Cap in Hand, I’m on my way, and of course Hibs anthem Sunshine on Leith.

They finished up with 500 Miles which brought everyone, including 83 year old Lawrie Reilly to his feet in appreciation.

Afterwards in the bar, host Grant Stott said: “It’s been a great night. Graeme and the committee have done a brilliant job with a variety of events, but to top it off with The Proclaimers is just a great tribute to Ian and his family.”

Speaking at the event, Ian Murray told Irish News Review:  “It’s fair to say I have mixed emotions, I’ve played for the club for over ten years over two spell and been a supporter and I am immensely proud to have, achieved that but I have to get on with my life and I’ll give the same effort to my new team as I gave the Hibs, wherever that may be, I’m not sure at this moment in time.

“America is a big possibility for us. I’ve been out there for  the last ten days training with a team and it’s gone well and hopefully we can reach some sort of a deal, but if not I’m open to offers and could continue my career in the UK.

With a career in management or coaching in mind, Ian was asked specifically whether he would like to return to Easter Road one day.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at Easter Road and had great support from my family and fans and the board and various managers and assistant managers, but I would give ant team at any level my 100%. Dedication, but of course you would love to manage the team you have supported all your life, that would be the pinnacle of your career, but equally I understand that even if you want to be the manager of a certain club doesn’t mean you will.

When asked about the highlights, Ian responded: “There’s been a few highlights, I’ve had good bad and indifferent times, but obviously the dinner tonight is a highlight for me personally, I played in the cup final at nineteen year of age, derby games, even getting beat, they are all special moments, certain goals, but if I had to pick one highlight it would probably be my debut. To play one game or to play 100 games, at that stage no-one can tell, but to get that chance was fantastic.”

When asked to provide a message for the Hibs fans, he said: “It’s difficult; the whole country’s going through a hard time. I always believe that you should support your team through good, bad and indifferent times. It’s obviously set the club back a wee bit getting beat in the cup final by your rivals 5-1 but I would just say keep supporting, the team.  If you can afford to go to the games and support the local community please do.”

The Downfall of Rangers Part 2

A dramatic 48 hours now means that, barring miracles, there will be no representative from Rangers in the top flight of Scottish football next season, as any lingering hope vanished when four SPL clubs joined Dundee United and Hearts in publically stating that they will vote no to a Rangers newco joining the SPL, thereby making the vote on 4 July a foregone conclusion.

Eight clubs, including Rangers had to vote in favour of the newco, but that now looks certain not to happen, given the positions of the various members.

On Sunday, after a board meeting Hibs formally announced that they would reject the newco bid, then the following day, Aberdeen, Inverness Caledonian and St Johnstone did likewise.

Hibs chairman Rod Petrie was the first to set the ball rolling with an interview with BBC Sportsound when he made his position clear, stating: It’s not a question of any sum of money in return for that integrity – integrity is beyond purchase. It’s important that all clubs can have a place within football, provided they have earned it in a sporting sense and also have abided by the rules.”

Sunday’s statement from Hibs read: ‘Following a meeting of its board of directors, Hibernian FC confirmed that the club will vote against the transfer of the Rangers share in the SPL to a newco at the general meeting of SPL clubs on 4 July 2012. This re-affirms the view of the board that the sporting integrity of the SPL is of paramount importance.

‘The board is also acutely aware that in making this decision, Hibernian – like other clubs in the SPL – will suffer collateral financial damage at a time of severe economic hardship and uncertainty. The board believes it is time for all fair-minded supporters to get behind their clubs and to contribute in whatever way they can to the viability of the professional game in Scotland.’

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson met fans’ representatives after being bombarded with correspondence telling him supporters would not renew season tickets if he voted a Rangers newco into the top flight. Following the meeting, a United spokesman said: “ The board of directors of Dundee United are unequivocal in the belief that a form of sporting punishment must form part of the reasoning behind any decision made and, therefore, cannot vote the newco into the SPL”

Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov expressed “deepest condolences'” to Rangers supporters “who have been lied to for so many years,” and a statement on the club’s website read: “Supporters deserved a new beginning and have to accept the fact that their club has to start from the lower league, keeping order in the SPL and without creating unfair competition with other clubs.”

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne said “It is our intention to oppose readmission to the SPL for any Rangers newco. If readmission were to be refused, we believe the appropriate action would be for Rangers newco to apply for membership to the SFA and to submit an application for admission to the SFL.

“One of our major objectives has to be to work with everyone concerned to ensure that the commercial challenges that this case has and will continue to cause can be mitigated as far as they possibly can so that sporting integrity can be the overriding factor. Reorganisation of the game is a priority but should not be rushed through just to deal specifically with one club.”

St Johnstone insisted they were left with no moral alternative. “The economic climate has made it extremely difficult for anyone involved in football and any reduction in income will have a serious impact on this football club, but the board believes that sporting integrity should not be sacrificed in favour of economic expediency. St Johnstone Football Club will not support an application by newco Rangers to join the SPL.”

Inverness Caledonian Thistle issued a statement on the club website stating: “The club will be voting ‘No’ to an application for SPL entry from a new company which has acquired the assets of Rangers following the liquidation of the previous company.”

“We would be in a completely untenable position, financially and morally, if we defied the overwhelming demand of our paying customers who are, after all, what Caley Thistle are all about”.

No decision has been made by Celtic, but Chief executive Peter Lawwell has also shown little sympathy with Rangers’ plight, and that, coupled with the strength of feelings amongst fans indicates that the Parkhead club will vote against their greatest rivals.

Motherwell have agreed to allow their fans to decide which way they should vote however the club subsequently issued a statement suggesting that  they could face administration if they cannot “replace significant amounts of income” once the status of the Rangers newco is decided.

St Mirren, Ross County and Kilmarnock remain undecided.

The question now remains as to what will happen next. After hearing the news, Charles Green said: “I’m obviously disappointed, but we have to deal with the cards we have been dealt, It’s unfortunate people have come out and made these comments when my understanding was that there was going to be a vote next Wednesday, but I can’t control other clubs. The consortium realised that if we went down the newco route it was a risk. It doesn’t alter their resolve. Those guys invested knowing these were obstacles that were outside their control and the resolve is there to see this job finished.

“I said at Murray Park on the 13 May that my job will be finished when we have got financial security, when the debts are paid, when it’s floated on the stock market and the fans have got the right and the opportunity to buy shares. And nothing has changed since 13 May.”

“We really need now to get behind the club because we can see both from what’s been said by the SPL and what’s been happening with the players that really, really you need to unify and unite behind Rangers. Let’s now start moving this club forward, stop the fighting, stop the disagreements, and get behind the club.”

Rumours abound that the SFA and SPL will merge which would allow a Rangers Newco into the first division to replace Dundee, and thereby limiting the potential time that they could be outside the top flight. This may appease Sky TV who currently demand four Old Firm games per season, but the situation is unprecedented and no-one can be certain of what the future holds. Dunfermline, who were relegated last season, could also present a case for inclusion, rather than Dundee.

Entry into division one looked more likely after the governing bodies of Scottish football announced that they have held further talks about radical change to the league system.

The Scottish Football Association, Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League are in discussions to create a single league system with a new financial distribution system.

In a joint statement, the SFA, PL and SFL said: “All three parties have been involved in productive discussions for some time on the subject of league reconstruction. This culminated in a positive meeting last night, out of which the two league bodies will now engage in a wider consultation with their member clubs.

“Further consultation will take place in the near future, with the aim of reaching a positive outcome on a new model to take Scottish football forward.”

Since that meeting, media reports suggest that a verbal agreement has taken place which would allow a Rangers newco into the first division next season, but this is by no means a formality. Even being allowed back into the lowest rung of Scottish football cannot be taken for granted as they would need the agreement of 23 of the remaining 30 clubs, so with time passing and so much to be decided there remains the distinct possibility that the Ibrox newco could have to take time out for a season to allow to progress smoothly.

Tomorrow, John Hislop looks at the implications for the remaining SPL sides in the event that a Rangers newco is refused admission to the top division.

Four Match Ban For Fenlon As Hibs Fans Refuse Support For Reformed Rangers

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon has been hit with a four match ban by the SFA for misconduct during the closing stages of Saturday’s 5-1 defeat to Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final.

Fenlon was sent to the stand by referee Craig Thomson after he was seen to aim a gesture in the general direction of celebrating Hearts fans who were taunting him by singing ‘There’s only on Pat Fenlon.’

After the match he denied that the gesture was directed at fans, and claimed that his frustration was with his own players.

The former Bohs boss claimed: “I made a gesture in relation to the way we were playing. We kept giving the ball away cheaply. I don’t know what they were singing to be honest. There is a hell of a lot made in relation to the gesture. I didn’t get to speak to the referee. He was the last person I wanted to speak to. It was frustration with the way we were playing. The referee said it was the police, but I spoke to the police who said that they had nothing to do with it so it’s disappointing.”

A judicial panel took place yesterday with the outcome being a four match suspension, with two matches effective immediately and the other two games suspended until the end of the season. Those games will come into effect if Fenlon is found guilty of another breach of rule 203 involving any type of misconduct.

Meanwhile Hibs fans have voted overwhelmingly against a Newco Rangers being allowed into the SPL. Over 99.32% on Fan’s forum and 98.65% on Hibees Bounce which consists of over 1000 individual votes have demanded that the Glasgow Giants resume in the third division, and many supporters have vowed to return season tickets should Chairman Rod Petrie vote in favour of allowing Rangers back.

Mike Riley, chairman of the Hibs Supporters Clubs said: “I think the majority view among the Hibs supporters is that Rangers should be punished and punished severely. They have done wrong and they should stand up and take whatever comes their way. Whatever way the vote goes it is going to cause ructions in Scottish football for a long time to come. For them to come back as a Newco and go straight back into the SPL would upset a lot of people and I know a lot of Hibs fans who would be very unhappy if that were to be the case.

They are due many clubs money so everyone is being dragged into it. I think at the moment they are getting what they deserve.”

Petrie who is currently with the SFA in Poland has already hinted that he would support the wishes of the fans and is on record as saying: “That’s fundamental to us at our club, to make sure the integrity of the game is not called into question and that the sporting integrity of the competition we take part in is maintained at the highest standards. It’s not a question of any sum of money in return for that integrity; integrity is beyond purchase.

It’s important that all clubs can have a place within football provided they have earned it in a sporting sense and also have abided by the rules.”

The twelve SPL clubs will vote on the issue when a meeting can be arranged and a Newco Rangers need eight votes to regain their place after the old company went into liquidation yesterday.

On the playing front, midfield hard-man Martin ‘Jimmy’ Scott has agreed to join his former club Ross County on loan. The 26 year old was signed by Colin Calderwood but has hardly played following a training ground bust up with Sean Welsh which resulted in the youngster receiving a broken jaw. Fenlon sent Scott on ‘gardening leave’ toward the end of the season.

The club have been linked with Tim Clancy, a 28 year old defender originally from Trim in County Meath, who left Motherwell after failing to agree terms with manager Stuart McCall.

Fenlon slams ludicrous SPL post-split fixture shambles

Pat Fenlon has hit out at the “ludicrous” SPL post-split fixtures, which will see Hibs play their five games on four different days of the week. The team initially face two Sunday matches before playing on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in May. The supporters also face a 250-mile round trip on a Wednesday evening to play Aberdeen.

The former Bohs manager told Hibs TV: “It’s peculiar. I don’t know who has sat down and worked them out, but it’s crazy. It’s ludicrous, but you have to get on with it. We can only approach the games properly and make sure at the end of it we are still in the league.

“Saturday afternoon is football day in most people’s eyes but you’ve now got four different days and however many different kick-off times.”

Meanwhile Chairman Rod Petrie has issued a rallying call to the fans as the club announced an extension to the ‘Early Bird’ season ticket offer.

In an open message to supporters on the club’s official website, he said: “Your team needs you – it’s as simple as that.

“If we do not rally to the cause no-one else will. Supporters will help determine how good an end to the season we have and the shape of the team for next season. We had a catastrophic 2011 to add to the problems in 2010. We made mistakes, I made mistakes. I am sorry. We have paid for these mistakes. That was then, this is 2012.

“We face the business end of the season with a stronger management team and a stronger playing squad than we had on the opening day.”

“This is not the league campaign we wanted. However, a semi-final tie against Aberdeen on 14 April has the potential to take us to a Scottish Cup final for the first time since 2001. This could yet be the season that all Hibernian supporters talk about for years to come. How can we make it happen? Support the team.

“There are some who want to talk us into looking down not up, even trading failure in the league for success in the cup. Now is the time for clear heads and calm nerves. We can succeed in both.”

Earlier this week, Hibs announced the departure of director Fife Hyland at the end of the season, which has prompted another reshuffle, with executive director Scott Lindsay incorporating responsibility for Hyland’s commercial and communications operations. Lifelong supporter and season ticket holder Brian Houston has been appointed as a non-executive director, in a popular move with the fans who have criticised the club for a lack of genuine Hibs supporters on the board.

Houston said: “Since my debut on the East Terracing in 1954 and my first cup final in 1958 this club has been part of me and I am delighted and honoured to have chance to contribute what I can of my experience to the on-going development of Hibernian.”

Ahead of this week’s home game against Motherwell, the last fixture before the split, manager Fenlon has praised striker Garry O’Connor’s contribution against Inverness Caley on Sunday. He said: “We took Garry out of the equation for the past two or three weeks to get him a little bit fitter.

“He has worked on that himself and we’re hoping that from now until the end of the season he’ll be able to pick up a few goals for us. We’re at the stage of the season where we need him fit and scoring goals. Hopefully he can help us climb the table.”

Thankfully for Fenlon, the injury to winger Ivan Sproule who was carried off against Inverness is not as serious as initially thought.

“The good news is that Ivan’s injury is not as bad as we first feared it might be. He was obviously in a lot of pain when he came off the pitch, but fortunately the injury has responded to treatment and he could be back in training sooner rather than later.”

One player desperate to help the club avoid relegation is club captain Ian Murray, who was delighted to get 60 minutes in a 3-1 victory against St Mirren in a bounce game at East Mains Training Ground on Wednesday. The long term injury victim said “It was my first game since the Hearts match at the start of January and overall I’ve only played two games since November, So I’m happy to be back and I think it went OK. I felt a bit sluggish at times but it went well. I played for an hour and it is a start and a step forward.”

Former Manchester United winger Danny Galbraith also featured in the game which Hibs won with goals from David Wotherspoon, Sean O’Hanlon and Roy O’Donovan.

Relegation battle looks like two horse race

Even the most confident Hibs fans have to concede that Saturday’s results make it more and more likely that the relegation battle is now a two horse race between Hibs and Dunfermline.

With two games to go before the split, Hibs face a daunting trip to Inverness before taking on European hopefuls Motherwell at Easter Road, while the Pars face in-form Dundee United at Tannadice then Hearts at East End Park.

Pat Fenlon’s men are currently three points ahead with a superior goal difference. The teams will meet again after the split, and although the fixtures have yet to be announced the game is likely to be played at Easter Road as the clubs have met twice in Fife and once in Leith.

This may not be such good news for Hibs given that they have only won once at home this season whilst Dunfermline have yet to record a victory on their own turf.

In the first meeting, Dunfermline came back from a two goal deficit to gain a draw, whilst the game at Easter Road finished in a single goal victory for the Pars, which resulted in calls for the board to quit and led to the sacking of Colin Calderwood. When Pat Fenlon took his side to East End Park in January, a late Leigh Griffiths goal saw the three points heading back over the River Forth, and most Hibs fans thought that the threat of relegation had gone.

Since then, Dunfermline have sacked manager Jim McIntyre and replaced him with veteran Jim Jefferies, a move that worries Hibs legend Jackie McNamara (snr).

McNamara, who spent nine years at Hibs as a player after arriving in a controversial swap deal with Celtic for Pat Stanton, and then served as assistant manager under Jim Duffy, is a season ticket holder at Easter Road and never misses a home game.

He told the Daily Record: “I don’t hold out a lot of hope. We’ve won just one of our last 21 league games at home, how scary is that?

“Wins over Cowdenbeath, Ayr United and Kilmarnock have taken us to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup but that has just papered over the cracks and given the fans false hope.

“I was at the Dundee United match on Saturday and this is a team that is totally lacking in confidence. It has been drained out of them. They need to do something quickly if they’re to avoid going down and I don’t know if they’re capable of that.

“Every point is a prisoner and I don’t see any battlers out there. We need someone like John Hughes, who would roll his sleeves up, get stuck in and lead by example.

“Meanwhile, Jim Jefferies will have his players fighting and fired up for every one of the seven remaining games.”

If Hibs do go down to the first division, McNamara insists the blame can be laid at the door of chairman Rod Petrie and his policy of changing managers.

“The one consolation is that we aren’t in as bad a fix as Rangers but that won’t help us if we go down. This is all a result of Petrie’s hiring and firing.

“He appoints a manager, lets him bring in players who aren’t good enough then sacks him and the whole process begins again.

“Not only do we have a squad which isn’t good enough but there’s also no chance for them to gel or play with cohesion.

“There are some good young players being left out at the moment and I only hope that’s being done to protect them.

“We travel to Inverness on Sunday and I fear the worst. Terry Butcher’s team know how to battle but there aren’t any signs that we can.”

Hibs full-back Pa Kujabi however is confident that the team have to skill and attitude to keep them in the SPL.

The Gambian international said: “It was hard for everyone in the team to lose again. We do have character and we want to get out of this situation but sometimes it’s difficult when you go on the pitch.

“I’ve been in this situation once before; when I was with Grazer AK in Austria. But we were only fighting relegation because we had been deducted 10 points after going into administration.

“Some players became lazy as a result but that’s not the case here. At Hibs, we are willing to do more. The guys train hard and give it their best, I don’t know why there’s a problem on the pitch.

“Everyone is frustrated and I’m sure the players and manager will talk. No one wants to be in this position, we want to be somewhere in the middle of the table.

“I’m positive. I believe we can stay in this league but we should not look down all the time. Let’s look up, and prepare to fight week in and week out.”

After Saturday’s battling comeback against St Mirren, Jefferies praised the attitude of his squad. He said: “The players have 100% commitment, desire and will to do it, but there has to be a bit more quality and bit more savvy in some of the things we do.

“We’re a point better off and there’s a lot of games still to play. With two games until the split, we need to hang in there and do what we can. Hopefully, we’ll do it.”

At least there is some good news coming from the Hibs camp, with influential skipper James McPake confident that he will be fit to start on Sunday. The game is being shown live on ESPN with a 3pm kick off.