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Brave Hibs Lose Out To Rangers In Playoff Semi Final

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Despite dominating throughout and creating chance after chance, Hibs were unable to claw back the two goals required to take the play-off semi final to extra time, and they will spend next season in the Scottish Championship.

Head Coach Alan Stubbs made one change to the starting XI that lost 2-0 in the first leg at Ibrox on Wednesday with Dylan McGeouch replacing Scott Robertson who dropped down to the bench. Continue reading

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Ibrox Defeat Leaves Hibs With Mountain To Climb

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Hibs hopes of promotion hang by a thread after losing 2-0 to Rangers at Ibrox tonight in the 1st leg of the play-off semi-finals.

Head Coach Alan Stubbs made two changes to the starting XI that beat Falkirk 18 days ago, with David Gray replacing the injured Fraser Forster and Fraser Fyvie taking over from Martin Boyle.

Since then, the Hibs players have had a week’s training session in Spain whilst Rangers have had two tough games at Palmerston and Ibrox. Continue reading

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 Hibs.net 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.

Turbulent Period Ends In Victory for Fenlon’s Hibs

AS HIBS LINED UP to face Celtic in the SPL on Sunday, they sat joint on points at the foot of the table with Dunfermline, with the Edinburgh side ahead only on goal difference. Three games – and sixteen goals – later, and Hibernian have a three-point gap above the relegation spot with a game in hand. The calm waters of Leith’s harbour give lie to the tumultuous fortunes of its football team. This comes as no surprise to the time-weathered followers of Hibernian, though for Pat Fenlon the experience may well be one that requires adjustment.

SPL-leaders Celtic visited Easter Road on Sunday 19th February. Neil Lennon’s side were in emphatic form, currently enjoying a record-breaking winning streak in the Scottish top flight, and their visit to the capital city continued in a similar vein. Fenlon’s side suffered a 5-0 defeat in a flat performance which, despite Celtic’s current form, served as an alarming wake up call to everyone involved with Hibernian who now teetered on the brink of the relegation zone.

A mid-week trip to Motherwell offered Hibs the chance of a respite from the hangover induced by Sunday’s heavy defeat. Motherwell, emboldened by the recent 10 point sanction place upon Rangers as they entered into administration, could begin to look above and beyond their 3rd place standing. Their recent form would suggest that they would be favourites ahead of Hibs, though most observers whom are familiar with the SPL will recognise this fixture as an entirely unpredictable affair, in no small part due to a 6-6 scoreline here in 2010.

Wednesday’s game was equally as compelling. Hibernian, bolstered by a sizable travelling support, took the game to the hosts early on. The visitors looked confident and dangerous in attack. Yet a return to some all-too familiar failings for Pat Fenlon’s team allowed ‘Well back into the game. It was a hard-fought encounter in which Hibs’ prowess going forward and in the middle of the park was undone by repeated defensive mistakes – including the gifting of two penalties by young Irishman Matt Doherty. The game finished 4-3. The enthrallment of the neutral offered scant consolation for Fenlon and his players.

To end the week, Hibernian travelled to Kilmarnock, eager to dispel the disappointment of the previous two matches. Fenlon had made a couple of key changes to the side that lost at Motherwell, replacing Matt Doherty with Pa Kujabi in defence and Irish forward Roy O’Donovan taking the place of Garry O’Connor. It was an astute reshuffle which appeared to banish the woes of the week that had passed. Central to Hibernian’s performance on Saturday was the return from injury of Tom Soares, on loan from Stoke City. Two goals from Soares and a fine 25 yard strike from O’Donovan saw Hibernian record a crucial 3-1 victory over Kenny Shiels’ Kilmarnock side.

The sense of relief around the Easter Road club was palpable as Fenlon recorded his second league win with the club, though the Hibs boss urged caution. “It’s one win, nothing else. If we can get on a little bit of a roll, that will help us”, Fenlon told the BBC. “It’s a massive game at home to St Mirren next week. It’s important that we stay focused.”

There is breathing space now between the bottom two clubs in Scottish Premier League. Fenlon’s plea for focus will need to be heeded if Hibs are to part from their capricious habits.