{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"football","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/steven-pressley-i-lost-friends-after-move-to-celtic-1-4432457","id":"1.4432457","articleHeadline": "Steven Pressley: I lost ‘friends’ after move to Celtic","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1493390316000 ,"articleLead": "

Former Hearts captain Steven Pressley has revealed that he lost “acquaintances” as a result of crossing the Old Firm divide by joining Celtic in 2006.

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The Scottish international also claimed there was a Celtic/Rangers divide in the Scotland squad when he was a member of George Burley’s staff.

The centre-back started his career at Rangers where he made 34 league appearances before moving down south to join Coventry City.

He would later join Dundee United in a £750,000 transfer before the move which defined his career, signing to Hearts and spending eight years in Gorgie.

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After being released by the Tynecastle club following the “Riccarton Three” fall-out, he joined Gordon Strachan’s side at Celtic.

It was at this point that Pressley said a number of people, whom he would now describe as “acquaintances”, stopped getting in touch.

He told BBC Scotland’s Sportsound programme: “I made the decision for family reasons. I knew crossing the divide was not easy. It would always be a challenge. But we’d just had our second child and had moved close to my wife’s family, and at that time I felt she needed that support.

“It was a great opportunity in the latter part of my career and I made some really good friends. It’s a great club to play for.

“I had certain people that you wouldn’t describe as friends, but acquaintances, the sort who would send you a birthday card or a Christmas card or text and phone every so often, completely lost contact with me.

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“They could not accept me crossing the divide. Ultimately if that’s what friendship is supposedly built on then it’s not friendship, and that’s why I used the words acquaintances because they weren’t true friends.”

Pressley would later take a role on the Scotland coaching staff, working under Burley, his former boss at Hearts.

However, he was still a Celtic player at the time, and the accomplished defender felt there was a bit of resentment over his lack of coaching experience.

He said: “Probably at that moment in time it wasn’t right for me to go in and support George, especially as a Celtic player. There was a real split in the group. The players didn’t get on as they do now.

“Probably within the Rangers camp there wasn’t an acceptance of me. I can understand it, I was 35 years of age and didn’t have much experience coaching.”

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "CRAIG FOWLER"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4432456.1493391889!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4432456.1493391889!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Steven Pressley signed for Celtic later in his career. Picture: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Steven Pressley signed for Celtic later in his career. Picture: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4432456.1493391889!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/ayr-v-hibs-match-preview-and-probable-line-ups-1-4432563","id":"1.4432563","articleHeadline": "Ayr v Hibs: Match preview and probable line-ups","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1493395019000 ,"articleLead": "

Championship title-winners Hibs visit Somerset Park on Saturday to play Ayr United content in the knowledge that promotion back to the Premiership after three years away from the top flight is finally secure.

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Hibs will be hoping to extend their unbeaten league run to nine games, while Ayr United are still battling to avoid relegation from the Championship as they sit three points adrift of safety.

Hibs boss Neil Lennon is likely to return his senior squad members to the starting line up after giving the likes of Fraser Murray, Scott Martin, and Alex Harris starts in the midweek fixture against Raith Rovers. Midfielder Dylan McGeouch, who started the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen, will not return to the starting XI because he is struggling to overcome a groin injury, joining Liam Fontaine (ankle) and Callum Crane (knee) on the injury list.

Ayr United boss Ian McCall has a fully fit squad to call upon, and will hope that his team show the same character as they did when they beat Hibs 2-1 at Easter Road in September. That game was marred by the sending off of Hibs midfielder Marvin Bartley, but the Honest Men have caused the Hibee defence problems in each of their fixtures with the Champions and will be looking to take advantage of any complacency within the Hibs ranks.

Probable Hibs XI: Marciano, Stevenson, Ambrose, McGregor, Gray, Harris, McGinn, Fyvie, Boyle, Cummings, Holt. Subs from: Laidlaw, Forster, McLean, Hanlon, Martin, Bartley, Murray, Shinnie, Humphrey, Graham, Keatings

Probable Ayr XI: Fleming, Boyle, Meggatt, Balatoni, Devlin, Cairney, Gilmour, Rose, Forrest, Harkins, Moore. Subs from: Hart, McKenna, Murphy, Balfour, Crawford, Adams, McDaid, McGuffie, Wardrope, El Alagui.

Referee: Stephen Finnie.

Where and when: Somerset Park, tomorrow, 3pm kick-off.

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Hearts host sixth-placed Partick Thistle at Tynecastle on Saturday in a must-win Premiership fixture if Ian Cathro’s side has any hope of securing fourth and the final European football spot.

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After Aberdeen beat Hibs in the Scottish Cup final, fourth spot in the Premiership is guaranteed to be a possible avenue to European football next season for Hearts. Fourth-placed St Johnstone are four points ahead of the Jambos with five games to play, but Hearts have poor form, winning only one of their last five league games. Partick Thistle, on the other hand, were unbeaten in eight before losing 2-0 to Rangers a fortnight ago, and beat Hearts 2-0 the last time the two teams met back in February.

Cathro will be without long-term absentees Callum Paterson (knee) and John Souttar (Achilles), while veteran defender Aaron Hughes is sidelined by a calf injury. Esmael Goncalves, who was sent off for two bookable offences in the previous fixture with the Jags, will start up front, while Prince Buaben and Krystian Nowak will continue their makeshift partnership at centre-back.

The injury situation for Partick boss Alan Archibald has improved in the past two weeks with goalscorer against Hearts last time out, Kris Doolan, and fellow forward Chris Erskine both recovering from knee and hamstring knocks respectively that had kept them on the bench against Rangers a fortnight ago. Captain Abdul Osman is also in contention for a place in the starting XI but Stuart Bannigan, Gary Fraser (both knee), Jason Banton (groin), Ryan Scully (shoulder) and Sean Welsh (foot) are all definitely unavailable for selection.

Probable Hearts XI: Hamilton, Struna, Nowak, Buaben, Smith, Kitchen, Tziolis, Walker, Djoum, Cowie, Goncalves. Subs from: Noring, Avlonitis, Rherras, Oshaniwa, Sowah, Choulay, Martin, Beith, Currie, Johnsen.

Probable Partick Thistle XI: Cerny, Keown, Devine, Lindsay, Dumbuya, Barton, Osman, Booth, Doolan, Edwards, Erskine. Subs from: Ridgers, Christie, Amoo, Welsh, Lawless, Elliott, Azeez, Lamont, McLaughlin, Nesbit, McCarthy.

Referee: Andrew Dallas

Where and when: Tynecastle, tomorrow, 3pm kick-off.

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The ground has been known as Tynecastle Stadium since the mid-1990s but the original name will return to adorn the front of the new-look £12million main stand, which is due for completion later this year.

An announcement on the Hearts website confirmed the news, which will prove popular with supporters. "It gives the club great pleasure to announce our plan to reinstate 'Tynecastle Park' as the name of our new-look stadium," read the statement.

"After playing for a number of years in various parks around the city, Hearts moved to Gorgie in 1881, leasing a field on what is now Wardlaw Street and Wardlaw place. That original site was known as 'Tynecastle Park'.

"Five years later, the club moved just over the road to the current site, taking with it the name 'Tynecastle Park'. The name is mentioned in relation to the current site in an advert from 1886 for the opening of the new ground and the first game played - Bolton Wanderers v Heart of Midlothian on Saturday 10th April 1886.

"For those of you who may have researched the club history, you may well have seen the terms 'Old Tynecastle' and 'New Tynecastle'. These terms are related to the first 'Tynecastle Park' (field in Gorgie 1881, also known as 'Old Tynecastle') and the current site, known as 'Tynecastle Park' and 'New Tynecastle'.

"The ground continued to be known as 'Tynecastle Park' until the mid 90s when it was changed to 'Tynecastle Stadium'. This change, it is fair to say, was not universally popular with Hearts fans at the time. Therefore, when the new Tynecastle Development Project was initiated, it came as no great surprise that the question of reversing this name-change was never far from the surface when talking to fans.

"So, with the sadness of the loss of the Archibald Leitch classic and the opening of a new chapter in the history of the club with our new main stand, it seems entirely fitting that we honour the club’s long and storied heritage by reinstating the name 'Tynecastle Park' when the new main stand opens in September 2017.

"Our famous and much-loved club song will once again ring literally true, when we raise our voices to sing 'away up in Gorgie at Tynecastle Park'. We hope you approve!"

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Winning the South Division title just the once wasn’t enough for Dunbar United’s Chris Gordon.

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The defender has become something of a South Division specialist – a lucky charm every South Division boss wants to get a hold of – having lifted the third-tier championship the past three seasons in a row.

Gordon acquired his first taste of success in 2014 when he won it with Edinburgh United, but that merely whetted his 
appetite as he opted to join Haddington Athletic where he won it again. Joining the Hi-Hi in the Premier League wasn’t for him and he dropped back down once more, securing a remarkable treble with Tranent last season.

When the option to join the Seasiders arrived in January, the offer and opportunity for a tilt at four-in-a-row was too good to refuse. Now the 34-year-old is potentially just weeks away from doing just that.

Second-top Dunbar host Blackburn United at New Countess Park tomorrow. Blackburn arrive knowing a win would secure them the title in their final game of the season, while Dunbar have two games in hand and can effectively secure at least second place with victory.

“Things are really good, we’ve got a really good team. We’ve been playing well the last few games so fingers crossed we can get the result tomorrow,” said Gordon.

“Hopefully I can do it. I’ll need to see who has got a chance of winning it next season and maybe make it five!

“This is the most exciting team I’ve been a part of, the most attacking and the best to watch. We’ve scored about 84 goals and we’ve still got three games left.

“It would be special to win it for the fourth time. I mentioned how many times I’d won it to Geoff [Jones, Dunbar manager] on Saturday and he only thought I’d won it a couple of times. I think I’ve definitely found my level.”

Dunbar couldn’t be going into the match in better fettle having struck 14 in their past two matches. Their home form is impeccable; they have won each of their 12 league games on home soil and are unbeaten at New Countess Park in the league since October 2015.

“We’ve hit form at the right time the last three weeks, we’ve been banging the goals in. The game is coming at the right time,” continued Gordon.

“Everything is geared for Saturday. If we can get the result then I think the confidence will be there for the last two games to get over the line. Hopefully with the quality upfront we’ve got we can get the result.”

Dunbar’s 7-1 success over Edinburgh United last week lifted them up to second place for the first time this year as they leapfrogged Pumpherston on goal difference. Only a dramatic collapse in their final two games, should they win tomorrow, would deny them promotion to the Premier League, but boss Jones isn’t allowing his players to get ahead of themselves.

He said: “We just need to get promoted first and then if we do that we’ve got to go and do the business against Livingston [United] next week. We’ve spent all season not getting ahead of ourselves so we’re not about to start now. Mathematically we wouldn’t be promoted if we won but we would need to concede 11 or 12 in our last two games for that not to happen.

“We got beat at Pumpherston in the first weekend after the New Year, but we’ve won nine in a row since then which has been phenomenal really, without bigging the guys up too much.

“After the Pumphy game I was kind of questioning myself whether or not we had the mental strength to keep winning because we were behind in games at that point. Every game has had big pressure because we’ve had to win. I can’t speak highly enough of the players in terms of how they’ve approached these games and how ruthless they have been.”

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Civil Service Strollers boss Alex Cunningham has revealed the club has already tied down several of their first-team squad on new contracts for next season.

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The Capital outfit have been a welcome addition to this year’s Lowland League having made the step up from East of Scotland League football last summer, finishing 11th in their debut campaign and just three points shy of a top-half finish.

And Cunningham, who took up the head coach’s position at Marine Drive in summer 2015, is of the opinion the nucleus of his squad deserve another crack at things next term.

Ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Dalbeattie Star to Christie Gillies Park on League Cup first-round duty, Cunningham said: “We’ve started that process of preparing for next year already. We’ve signed quite a lot of the players to new contracts but we still need to add to that.

“We have been speaking to one or two others with a view to them joining the club but what’s been interesting is we’ve actually had players phoning us up and showing their interest.

“We don’t want to break the team up too much as there is a really good spirit in the camp but, at the same time, we need to improve and I’m sure everyone else will as well. Our remit was has always been to stay in the league this season and we’ve done that. Our aim for next year though will be to improve.”

Cunningham continued: “It’s been a really interesting season, a bit of a rollercoaster in all honesty but we’ve loved every minute of it. I really think the players have done exceptionally well and we’ve achieved our objective set out by the committee.

“We’ve taken points against the likes of East Kilbride and Spartans so we’ve more than held our own. I was a bit apprehensive beforehand but next season we’ll have to do better.

“The step up from the East of Scotland League is big, make no mistake about it.”

Cunningham’s men inflicted a 4-2 defeat on tomorrow’s opponents on their last trip to the Capital six months ago and the former Spartans EoS manager sees no reason why his side can’t book their place in next weekend’s quarter-final where they’ll face the winner of tomorrow’s first-round tie 
between Hawick Royal Albert and relegation-threatened Preston Athletic.

“If the players can go out and produce the performances they have been then there is no reason why we can’t get through to the next round,” he said. “Dalbeattie are a really good side with some very good players so we have a tough ask on our hands.

“But I don’t think we should fear anyone in this league. It’s a cup game, there’s no pressure on us so I’ve told the players to just go out and enjoy it. We know this could be our last game of the season tomorrow if we were to lose but we want to keep the season going for another few weeks at least.”

Elsewhere tomorrow, Dorian Ogunro takes his Edinburgh University squad to Netherdale for their League Cup first-round clash with Gala Fairydean Rovers. The students finished the league campaign on a high last weekend with a resounding 4-0 win over bottom club Preston Athletic.

Preston, meanwhile, will aim to salvage something from what has been a shambolic season when they visit Hawick Royal Albert.

Whitehill Welfare, who are in the midst of a real slump having lost eight of their past ten matches, welcome Gretna 2008 to Ferguson Park.

And Spartans, who finished third in the table, travel to Lowland League champions East Kilbride on Sunday, 24 hours after the South Lanarkshire side’s Pyramid Play-off first-leg clash at Highland League champions Buckie Thistle.

Kilby, though, are expected to give some of their fringe players a run out at K-Park against Dougie Samuel’s men who will be eager to add to last month’s Football Nation Qualifying Cup final victory over Lothian 
Thistle Hutchison Vale.

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Bo’ness United midfielder Ross Philp wants to lay down a marker for next season by derailing his former club’s Super League title bid.

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The Newtown Park men are out of the title picture after a topsy-turvy season in which they have struggled to put a run together to compete for the championship.

Having beaten current champions Bonnyrigg Rose in midweek in the Fife and Lothians Cup, albeit on penalties, Bo’ness are now eager to shake up Kelty Hearts’ title aim when they visit Fife tomorrow.

“We probably could’ve beat them [Bonnyrigg] in the 90 [minutes], we had chances and they had chances, but in the second half we were a bit stronger,” said Philp.

“We defended better, we needed that to pick us up a wee bit. The last couple of games have given us a wee bit more confidence considering how the games had gone before that.

“We showed against Bonnyrigg that we can match them and it would be good to do the same on Saturday, it would give us a boost going into next season rather than looking at the table and thinking we’re miles away. It’s been a consistency thing for us. We’ve never really put a run together, we always seem to win a couple then draw or lose a game that we shouldn’t. It’s been up and down all season really.”

Beating Penicuik Athletic to third spot is now the target for Bo’ness alongside their sole hopes of silverware in the Fife and Lothians Cup. Penicuik sit two points clear with five games remaining.

Philp added: “We still want to finish as high up as we can and third is still there for us. Dundonald have a had a great season and Penicuik are still up there as well, but we can still probably be best of the rest.”

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With news filtering through that Cowdenbeath had lost at home to Arbroath last Saturday, Edinburgh City chairman Jim Lumsden was stood arms aloft in the Meadowbank stand, before the final whistle finally confirmed his club’s SPFL safety with a 2-0 win over Annan.

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He’ll take his place in the old Commonwealth Stadium for the final time tomorrow. Stirling Albion are the last visitors before City’s temporary three-year flit to Ainslie Park next season as their current home is due for redevelopment.

While the result will have little repercussions for either team, the hosts will be keen to sign off their first ever home professional league campaign with a win.

For Lumsden, who followed the now defunct Meadowbank Thistle long before City were creating Scottish football history, it is a venue that holds many memories.

“I’ll miss it incredibly,” he admitted. “I’ve been watching football there since 1979 so it’s a lot of years. I must have seen near enough 900 to 1000 games there, although I don’t keep count! Moving in there has been everything for City. When we did, it was with one team and we now go right down to our kids’ school, we’ve got 30-odd youth teams and the amateur team, so it’s been good for City.

“In terms of memorable games, you really have to look at Scottish League games. The 1-0 win against Annan [November 2016] especially, which was our first ever league win at Meadowbank. The three-all game against Arbroath as well. They stick out as games where you thought, ‘we can really hack it in this league’.

“There’s loads of fantastic memories from my whole time at Meadowbank though. Beating East Stirling when we were an East of Scotland side, the big cup ties, winning the East of Scotland League and the two Lowland League titles. All absolutely fantastic.”

Lumsden does concede that the time has come for an upgrade to the old place, and is grateful that City will be using top-class facilities at Ainslie Park in the meantime.

“It’s looking its age,” he said. “Everybody that goes can see that. It has an incredible group of hard-working staff in there and we owe them a real debt of gratitude. All the staff and management have been really good with us, as have Edinburgh Leisure so I’ll miss that side of it.

“Ainslie Park is a fantastic set-up. Craig [Graham, Spartans chairman] and Dougie [Samuel, manager] have done wonders there. It’s a fantastic facility and we’re looking forward to playing there. I’d like to thank Spartans for their help and their cooperation.

“It’s only needing wee touches to meet league criteria. Turnstiles have to go in by the end of June but that’s basically it. The facility has a bronze award licence already. There’s wee bits and pieces we need to do differently being in the SPFL, but everything’s in place there.”

That those tweaks for league football are required comes as a massive relief to Lumsden. Survival seemed a forlorn hope after no wins in 11 games at the start of the campaign, but he and the rest of the City board’s faith in manager Gary Jardine never wavered, with a change of boss never on the agenda. “If you think you have the right person, you have to stick with them,” he explained. “In the league, quite a few clubs changed manager but for us, no. That was always clear.

“There’s always been a sort of continuity here. Gary was assistant to Shaun Stevens previously, and had played for the club as well for a number of years before that. The squad’s been the same, we’ve only ever really had to make a few changes in any season, so it certainly does help.”

The step up has also brought challenges for those behind the scenes. “Basically, from when Dougie [Gair] scored the penalty against Shire in May, we had the League Cup in July so not much time to get things in place,” Lumsden recalled. “It’s been hard work. When you see it all coming together though, you get a huge amount of pleasure. Knowing that the work the players have put in, Gary and his coaching team and everybody else at the club.”

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Despite his recent League Cup quarter-final heroics, Heriot-Watt University’s Ross Fraser doesn’t believe he warrants a starting berth in tomorrow’s last-four clash with reining league champions Leith Athletic.

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The youngster stepped of the substitutes’ bench to fire the winner against Coldstream a fortnight ago in what was the 20-year-old’s first appearance of the campaign for the East of Scotland outfit having turned in a string of impressive performances for the club’s development squad this season.

But, the third-year Urban Planning and Development student is more than content to play whatever part he can for Banji Koya’s men at Meadowbank 3G.

“I assume I’ll be on the bench again this weekend,” Fraser said. “But, to be fair there have been guys playing all season who have got us into this position in the first place so they deserve to see if they can take us through. You never know but if I can help in any way this weekend then I’ll be more than happy to contribute to the team.

“Being my first game and getting the winner against Coldstream, it was pretty special. I’m not really known for my goalscoring prowess so it’s something that will stay with me for a while. We’ve had a fair few upsets this season so I don’t see any reason why we can’t get through to the final.

“This is my third season with the club having moved through from Glasgow and it’s like night and day from previous seasons. There’s a real confidence in the changing room so I think to get to the cup final would be our just rewards for what has been a terrific season.”

Meanwhile, Tynecastle, who await the winners, will be looking to atone for their 7-2 King Cup semi-final defeat to Leith on Tuesday night when they host Peebles Rovers at Saughton Enclosure on league duty.

Elsewhere, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale contest the South & East Cup Winners Shield final at Lochar Thistle, their reward for lifting the Alex Jack Cup with a 3-1 win over Tynie in October.

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Happy at Hearts and in talks to extend his contract, Andraz Struna is satisfied he made the correct decision coming to Scotland in January. He has even begun researching the country’s history with trips to Bannockburn, Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle.

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Tynecastle officials are more concerned with the future and remain hopeful of keeping the Slovenian international defender next season. His six-month agreement expires at the end of May and discussions are currently ongoing about an extension – as exclusively revealed by the Evening News last month.

Struna is open to the prospect of a longer stay, knowing he would be first-choice right-back if he put pen to paper. Callum Paterson will leave Hearts when he recovers from mediate and cruciate knee ligament injuries later this year. That leaves a void on the right side of defence. Struna, aged 28 and with 25 international caps, is the obvious choice ahead of the very capable but still prospering Liam Smith, who has just turned 21.

“For now, we are having some talks and we will see what happens,” Struna told the Evening News. “Everything is open and when it’s time we will make a decision. At the moment, it’s just talks. We are focusing on the games over the next few weeks because these are very important for the club.

“I am happy with everything here. I enjoy this time. Of course, some things can always be better but I am enjoying my time here in Scotland. I have seen the main attractions where all the tourists go, like Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. Most of all, I like the story of Stirling Castle and the battlefield there, about William Wallace and Robert The Bruce. I like history like that. I like life here and I like playing for Hearts. I don’t think too much about the future because we are focusing on the next few weeks, which are very important.”

Hearts are striving to qualify for Europe and may tempt Struna into agreeing a deal if they can offer the carrot of a Europa League qualifying campaign.

They face Partick Thistle tomorrow in the first of five post-split matches in the Ladbrokes Premiership which will define their season. Sitting fifth, they must close the four-point gap between themselves and St Johnstone in fourth to achieve a European place. It is a case of déjà vu for Struna. He was in the same position exactly 12 months ago in Greece with PAS Giannina.

“Last season, when I played in Greece, we were battling for the chance to be in the qualifying rounds for the Europa League. We made it on the last day. Until then, we had to fight and then we got a place in the qualification rounds. Unfortunately they went out to AZ Alkmaar in the third qualifying round.

“It’s a great motivation for every player to try to achieve this. It’s good to fight for big success like this in football. The target for us is to win the next game and to take as many points as we can. We will see where this takes us. We always hope for the best.”

Playing out of position at left-back in the last two games, the Slovenian has contributed to a Hearts defence which has kept consecutive clean sheets. “It is very positive that we did not concede a goal. This also gives us a little bit more confidence,” he said.

“Generally, it’s the same rules on the left, just completely opposite movement. I played left-back a lot of times before so I’m quite familiar with that position. It’s the same position, you just have to use the opposite leg and opposite movements. Otherwise it’s the same. I don’t know if I will play there this week. This question is still open.”

Indeed, the Hearts head coach Ian Cathro must decide whether to keep faith with Struna at left-back and Smith at right-back or reinstate a more natural left-back, Lennard Sowah, who is free of injury. Aaron Hughes remains sidelined by a persistent calf problem, so Prince Buaben and Krystian Nowak will continue in central defence.

“Lennard is back with us and is available,” explained Cathro. “Prince is fine and available. Aaron is the only one who is still building himself up and not available for selection as yet.

“I think Prince and Krystian have adapted quite well to their roles and what we’ve wanted them to do. I also think Liam has done well. He’s played with good character and some confidence. I can see some growth in him. We’ll look at the game and make the decision based on what we think puts us on top.”

Cathro went on to explain the extended absence of 37-year-old Hughes. It is now more than two months since he last played. “He’s better. This week is not going to work either but maybe we can look at the following week,” said Cathro.

“It’s been a frsutrating one, for Aaron and for us. It’s just one of those injuries where you get a couple of setbsacks, not necessarily from anything he is doing or because of his body – it’s just in a bit of an awkward place so it’s been a frustrating situation for everybody.

“He is really important to the gameplan and what we’ve been trying to do here. The player he is and the man he is, he transmits a comfort to the players.

“He’s one of the guys who came here to be a bit of a message-carrier for me. He was a very important signing, and he will be because we’ll have him back soon.

“Obviously, there’s not a long time left but we are pretty much certain we’ll have him back in the team before the end of the season. We just need to make sure that we get it right.

“It has proved to be more frustrating and complicated than we’d have liked but it’s more important that when he comes back he is 100 per cent right.

“I would certainly rather he was in the team. He’s one of the older players that we have and it’s important that we have those characters – and maybe bring some more to make sure that we have the right strength, experience and leadership for the group. But I would put the focus back on the fact he’s a good player first and foremost.”

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James Keatings admits he has a major decision on his hands as he weighs up whether or not to sign a new contract with Hibs.

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The striker loves life at Easter Road and in an ideal scenario would have no hesitation in extending his two-year stay with the club. However, the 25-year-old craves more action in his favoured position as an out-and-out striker and concedes he will have to consider all his options before making a final decision.

“You never know what’s ahead,” he said. “I’ve got my offer here and there are other teams that have showed interest as well. I want to stay here, I’m happy and I would be delighted to sign tomorrow morning so we’ll see what happens.

“It’s not something you jump at, you need to think about your personal stuff and what’s best for you. I’m loving my time here, the last two season have been amazing and I don’t want to look elsewhere. I’m sitting with my contract first, other teams have shown interest but I’m delighted to have the offer from Hibs and I’m hoping I’ll still be here.”

Keatings has made the majority of his 16 starts this season out wide or in a more withdrawn central role. Asked if the prospect of starting regularly elsewhere in his favoured position of striker would influence his thinking regarding his future, Keatings said: “It makes it difficult. Ask any player, they want to play week-in, week-out. No player wants to settle for sitting on the bench, that’s the most frustrating bit.

“You want to be a big part of the success and this season I’ve played a part although I wish I could have played more. At the start of the season when I was in the team I was doing well but then I got an injury and it killed my season after that.”

Keatings has scored 30 goals in 57 starts for Hearts and Hibs during the past three seasons and is convinced he would be even more lethal if he could play regularly as an out-and-out striker. He recognises that he is in direct competition with top scorer Jason Cummings, who is regarded as the hottest young forward in Scotland. With Cummings rested against Raith Rovers on Wednesday, Keatings seized a rare chance to play in his favoured position when he scored a double in a 3-2 victory at Easter Road to take his tally for the season to seven. “I’ve always said I’m a striker. I managed to get a chance and I was happy knowing I would be in my position, and I managed to grab two goals so I’m delighted,” he said.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANTHONY BROWN"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4431771.1493322219!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4431771.1493322219!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "James Keatings, left, celebrates his winning goal against Raith with fellow scorer Grant Holt","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "James Keatings, left, celebrates his winning goal against Raith with fellow scorer Grant Holt","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4431771.1493322219!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-jason-cummings-most-of-my-goals-down-to-grant-holt-1-4431770","id":"1.4431770","articleHeadline": "Hibs’ Jason Cummings: Most of my goals down to Grant Holt","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1493328603000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs striker Jason Cummings today hailed his veteran sidekick Grant Holt for doing the dirty work that has allowed him to flourish this season.

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The 21-year-old was yesterday shortlisted for the PFA Championship Player of the Year award after scoring 21 goals this term. And the burgeoning Edinburgh boy believes much of his success is down to the impact of 36-year-old Holt, who, despite only scoring seven goals himself, has acted as an effective battering ram alongside him in attack since arriving last summer.

“Holty’s been a massive influence on me this season,” Cummings told the Evening News. “The majority of my goals have come from him. A lot of people don’t see what he does off the ball, all the wrestling with defenders to put me in better positions and things like that. For me, he’s one of the players of the year at Hibs because he’s helped me so much on and off the pitch. He’s actually been a really close mate as well – he makes me laugh for an old guy!

“I probably enjoy playing with him more than any other partner I’ve had because he does all the stuff I hate doing like winning headers and battering defenders. He helps me in that department. The reason he’s not scored as many goals is that he’s very unselfish with his work. He works for the team more than himself and he puts me in a lot of really good positions. If I was to thank anyone for the amount of goals I’ve scored this season, it would be Holty.”

After scoring in excess of 20 goals for a third successive season, Cummings’ future is sure to be the subject of speculation again this summer. The striker is contracted to Hibs until 2020 and is open-minded about what may unfold in the coming months.

“I’ve still got three years at Hibs, but you never know what’s going to happen in the summer,” he said. “I would stay at Hibs all my life if I could but I’d like to get out my comfort zone a bit and try at a higher level. I need to take the leap some time, but I just need to wait and see what happens. At this moment in time, I don’t know what will happen. We’ve still got a couple of games left and I want to get those out of the way first before I even think about what’s going to happen. It’s just a case at this point of wait and see.”

Cummings is keen to prove himself at a higher level next season after having his credentials questioned by some due to the fact the majority of his 69 career goals to date have come while Hibs have been in Scotland’s second tier. “You don’t get the same recognition when you’re in the Championship,” he said. “There are the critics who say ‘you haven’t done it in the Premiership’ but it doesn’t bother me, I don’t lose sleep over it. The hardest thing to do is score goals whether it’s in non-league football or wherever. Scoring 20-plus goals anywhere is good.

“I know deep down that scoring 20-odd goals in the Championship is just as good as doing it in the Premiership. I’ve played against a lot of Premiership teams over the last few years and there’s honestly not that big a difference. People say it’s this big step up but I believe the top four or five teams in the Championship are all more than capable of getting into the Premiership no problem so I don’t think it’ll be a problem for me or the club. I believe we will surprise a lot of people next season by just how well we do.”

After three years of scoring consistently in the Championship, Cummings believes he is equipped take the step up to the Premiership in his stride. “I believe I can be one of the main strikers at that level,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where I go or what league I play in, I know that I’ll score goals. That’s what my game’s based on and, if I don’t do that, then I may as well retire, as that’s all I do.”

Cummings was speaking publicly for the first time since footage of him playfully ambushing professional wrestler Grado in the canteen at Hibs training ground last week went viral. “I was surprised how much it took off,” he said of a video that was retweeted more than 10,000 times from his own account alone. “I knew it was funny and thought I’d get a few laughs off my mates and stuff, but I didn’t expect it to take off that much. My Twitter was the busiest it’s been. I’ve scored five goals against Hearts and my Twitter hasn’t blown up like that. I think I am in the wrong industry!

“No-one believes me but it was genuinely off the cuff. I didn’t even know Grado was coming in. I didn’t train that day and he was out taking penalties with the boys. I’m actually not sure why he was in, promoting a charity I think. Not many of the boys knew who he was. But me and [Dylan] McGeouch are actually big Grado fans. Over the years we have spoken about him and we used to copy his dance and stuff. So we were absolutely star-struck when we saw him. McGeouch told me he was having his lunch, so I said we’ll go in and wrestle him for a laugh and video it.

“There was tape in the changing room so I got all that on – and big Fonts [Liam Fontaine] wrote Cumdog on my chest. We got the music on as well. When we went in, Grado was having his soup. He looked round wondering what was going on and I’ve just gone and wrestled him. It was completely off the cuff. I didn’t really know what to do. It was probably the most random thing ever to happen when you are trying to work. To be fair, the manager was laughing as well so it was just all banter.”

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The SPFL Trust’s ‘Trusted Trophy Tour’ visited Easter Road on its latest leg to highlight the work done by football clubs in the local community.

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Hibs defender Darren McGregor was on hand to promote the GameChanger initiative which has helped provide health checks at the Easter Road concourse, hosted a Christmas lunch for socially-isolated, vulnerable people and raised awareness around mental health.

To sign up for GameChanger, email kmcewan@hiberniancommunityfoundation.org.uk

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Hearts are resigned to losing winger Sam Nicholson on freedom of contract this summer. Head coach Ian Cathro is already preparing to replace the 22-year-old, who has rejected a new deal.

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Nicholson’s current agreement expires at the end of the season and he sees his future elsewhere. FIFA rules state Hearts will be due around £400,000 in compensation when he joins a new club.

Rangers are amongst those interested in signing the player, who has been with the Edinburgh club for ten years and is a graduate of the Riccarton youth academy.

Nicholson turned down an offer to sign a new contract before Christmas and Hearts have now accepted he will be leaving.

Asked if he is preparing for Nicholson to move on, Cathro told the Evening News: “I expect that to be the case. These are individuals’ decisions.

“For me, Sam is a young player with talent who has an opportunity. He’s still at a stage where he still needs to focus on his own development. There is still growth to take place there.

“Nothing is happening [with his contract], really. It is as it is. Sam is out of contract so he’s our player until the end date on that. From that point on, that’s that.

“He’s a young Scottish player with talent and, for that reason, we’d like to have all those players here. This is part of football, though – part of the business.

“Each player will make their own decisions. We are focused on the team improvement, irrespective of who goes or comes. We want to improve ourselves every time.”

On a more positive note, Cathro confirmed Hearts’ intent to re-sign centre-back Aaron Hughes – a story first revealed by the Evening News last month.

The 37-year-old Northern Ireland internationalist remains injured with a calf problem and won’t face Partick Thistle tomorrow. He is out of contract at the end of May but is currently discussing a 12-month extension.

“I’ve got no doubt at all that having Aaron in the team helps. It helps the team and it helps players around him,” said Cathro. “We miss his influence but these are things that happen over the course of a season.

“We are looking into keeping him for next season and the injury doesn’t have any bearing on that. It’s not an injury that’s going to cause a concern long term.

“It’s just about getting to the point where it’s fully recovered and once it’s dealt with properly there’s no threat of it causing him any issues in the longer term. We just need to manage it just now.”

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Hibs duo Jason Cummings and John McGinn have been nominated for SPFA Championship Player of the Year for the second year in succession.

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Queen of the South striker Stephen Dobbie and Morton playmaker Ross Forbes make up the four candidates vying for the award.

Cummings and Dobbie are currently the joint-top goalscorers in the second tier with 17 strikes apiece, while McGinn has enjoyed another productive season at the heart of the Hibs midfield.

Morton’s excellent campaign has been recognised with Ross Forbes getting a nod. The former Motherwell and Partick Thistle midfielder is approaching double-figures in both goals and assists with nine each.

It’s the second year in a row both McGinn and Cummings have been nominated for the award. Last term they lost out to Rangers full-back Lee Wallace.

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The lack of excitement among their supporters as they prepare to kick-off their post-split fixtures at home to Partick Thistle on Saturday may suggest otherwise, but Hearts find themselves heading into the business end of a campaign with something tangible at stake for the first time in five years.

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A return to the Europa League qualifiers is the clear and realistic target for Ian Cathro’s side over the last five matches of this season. After Hibs’ Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Aberdeen last weekend opened up fourth place in the Premiership as a guaranteed route into continental competition, Hearts’ task is to reel in St Johnstone, who currently head them by four points in the battle for that position.

This scenario means there is plenty riding on the Tynecastle side’s fixtures heading into May for the first time since 2012, when Paulo Sergio’s team resumed after the split just two points adrift of the European places and still had a Scottish Cup final against Hibs to take care of in mid-May.

In each of the past four seasons, Hearts’ fate has effectively been decided by the end of April. In 2013, shortly after Gary Locke had replaced John McGlynn at the helm, Hearts entered the post-split fixtures in the bottom six but 14 points clear of rock-bottom Dundee. With no play-offs in place at that time, they were at no realistic threat of relegation. Aside from trying to climb a few league places, the finale to the 2012/13 campaign represented a pressure-free opportunity for Locke to learn about his squad and pitch in some young players who hadn’t previously seen much action, such as Jordan McGhee, David Smith, Dale Carrick and Billy King.

The following season resulted in Hearts, who had been deducted 15 points after entering administration in the close-season, being relegated to the Championship the weekend before the split after results elsewhere rendered a rousing 4-2 win at Partick Thistle in early April irrelevant in their quest for survival. The final five matches became an exercise in momentum-building amid a period when the club knew they were simultaneously heading out of the Premiership and out of administration. Locke’s team took ten points from a possible 15 – Hearts’ best post-split return since 2004.

In 2015, Hearts were effectively able to spend April and May on the beach after tying up the Championship title by the end of March. Of the six games that remained after their objective was achieved, the Tynecastle side enjoyed three victories but had clearly slackened off as they lost away to Hibs and Rangers, two sides they had previously been unbeaten against.

Last term, Hearts went into the post-split fixtures assured of European football after a pre-split midweek draw away to Inverness guaranteed them a top-three finish on their return to the Premiership. Robbie Neilson’s team still had a mathematical chance of getting second place but, with Aberdeen eight points ahead of them, this always looked unlikely. Any lingering hopes they may have had of catching Derek McInnes’ team were snuffed out by back-to-back defeats by Motherwell and Celtic immediately after the split.

Hearts’ low-stakes endings to recent seasons have been in stark contrast to city rivals Hibs, who, until the current season, have faced season-defining matches in May each year from 2012 to 2016. In 2012, Pat Fenlon had to stave off the threat of relegation after the split before preparing for a Scottish Cup final against Hearts, which they lost 5-1. In 2013, Hibs had a Scottish Cup final against Celtic at the end of May, which they lost 3-0.

The following year, with Terry Butcher at the helm, Hibs ended up scrambling frantically to avoid a relegation play-off in the finale to their league campaign. They were unsuccessful and then ended up facing a play-off against Hamilton Accies at the end of May which resulted in them being relegated. In 2015, Alan Stubbs’ side rallied at the end of their league campaign to claim second place in the Championship ahead of Rangers before losing to the Ibrox side in the play-offs.

Last season, Hibs were kept busy on all fronts as they were pipped to second place in the league by Falkirk, before losing to them in the play-offs in mid-May and then winning the Scottish Cup by defeating Rangers in the final a week later.

Having tied up the Championship title with three games to spare this time round, and with no Scottish Cup final to prepare for after last weekend’s semi-final loss against the Dons, Hibs are enjoying a rare chance to play out their final few matches of the campaign in relaxed mood.

The pressure instead falls on their Edinburgh rivals as they eye a late-season push to reclaim fourth place from Saints. Some supporters are of the mindset that Hearts would be better served by not having European football to contend with at the start of next season. This is a perfectly valid stance in light of the mood-damaging effect of last July’s defeat by Maltese side Birkirkara and the obvious potential for a repeat given that Cathro is likely to have to make several tweaks to his squad over the summer.

In the short term, however, if Hearts were to mount a late-season rally amid a testing run of fixtures and nick fourth place from Tommy Wright’s team, it would spark some much-needed optimism around Tynecastle going into the summer break. As things stand, there is apathy and anger among the fanbase as a result of a season that has unravelled badly since the departure of Robbie Neilson to MK Dons five months ago.

If Cathro could get his side, on the fourth-biggest budget in the league, back into fourth place, it would go a long way to easing pressure and saving face for he and his club this season. The fact their involvement in Europe last summer proved a demoralising experience need not automatically mean it must be the same next time. As testing as it is for any club to be thrust into competitive action just weeks after pre-season begins, Aberdeen and Hibs both showed last summer that Europa League qualifiers need not be deemed an exercise in drudgery. Cathro will view Europe as an early-season opportunity to make his mark rather than an inconvenience.

Despite the lack of fanfare, the stakes are unusually high at this time of year for a Hearts side bidding to salvage their season at the death.

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After Edinburgh City secured their SPFL status last weekend, casual observers of the Ladbrokes League Two table this season may have viewed it as something of a miracle.

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Three months before a first win since stepping up from the Lowland League via the SPFL Pyramid play-offs, many had written Gary Jardine’s team off as a novelty – first to win promotion on the pitch, but heading back where they came from soon enough.

Not the case. It was far from the cliched great escape for the Meadowbank club – the signs that they were to be nobody’s whipping boys have been there from the start.

Of those first 11 winless games, only two were lost by more than the odd goal. Both were away from home, at Elgin and Cowdenbeath respectively. Indeed Elgin were the only side to truly turn them over – 3-0 up after 20 minutes – while Cowden’s second goal in a 2-0 victory came via a last-minute counter.

City were competing, but second best in the fine margins where wins become draws and draws defeats. The turning point came in a November Scottish Cup replay at Forfar, where a Ross Allum goal brought their first ever win as an SPFL side.

That was followed up with a maiden victory in Montrose days later and they never looked back, going unbeaten until after the New Year and rising to sixth in the table.

Then followed a levelling off of sorts – no long unbeaten or winless runs, but that competitiveness and a habit of grinding out results when it truly mattered means the capital will continue to host three league clubs.

Operating with easily the smallest budget in the division, recruitment is not only difficult but vital, and is where Jardine has excelled. To a tight-knit squad he incorporated not only experience, but real pedigree.

Former Scotland internationals Craig Beattie and Derek Riordan are the headline names, but in Marc Laird and Josh Walker, City added an extra creative dimension in midfield. Teenage centre back Ryan Porteous took league football in his stride after joining on loan from Hibs, making vital contributions at both ends of the pitch. Easter Road team–mate Lewis Allan has chipped in with key goals, but more tellingly, took on the physical burden that allowed the older legs of Beattie and Riordan to be better utilised. Goals scored by the new recruits have contributed to 21 points accumulated since January.

Despite that extra firepower, City’s survival was built on defence. The second best defensive record in the division [behind only title-chasing Arbroath] meant the majority of the 35 goals scored to date [fewest in League Two] have been worth points.

That said, finding the net with more regularity will be a priority next season, having been the lowest scorers in Britain at one stage. For that, reinforcements will be required. Allan is likely to return to Hibs and Beattie and Riordan are both out of contract, although the former is keen to stay. The retirement of Dougie Gair, below, means Jardine loses his captain, penalty taker and scorer of important goals all at once, but the return of Ouzy See from injury should offset the loss somewhat.

Defensively, Joe Mbu’s surprise admission that could play on pending successful knee surgery would be a huge boost given his physical presence and organisational influence. Porteous, however, is clearly destined for bigger things, if not pushing for first-team involvement at Hibs then another loan further up the SPFL food chain than League Two.

Looking ahead, the basis of a very effective squad remains for Jardine, and with a (much) faster start to the season, City’s ambitions should be loftier than mere survival come August.

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Newtongrange Star boosted their Super League survival hopes with a 1-0 victory over Musselburgh Athletic at New Victoria Park last night.

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Star recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season following Saturday’s 4-1 win over Carnoustie Panmure thanks to striker Errol Douglas’ first-half strike.

The three points lifted Star off second-bottom spot, above Musselburgh and into 13th. They have just two league games remaining, however – against Lochee United on Saturday then Linlithgow Rose on Monday – with each of their relegation rivals having games in hand.

The bottom two from the top flight will be automatically relegated to the Premier League with third bottom facing a play-off against the third-placed team in the second tier.

Douglas got the opener for Star after 19 minutes. The striker prodded the ball home amongst a packed penalty area after Burgh goalkeeper Ally Adams could only palm clear Gary Hamilton’s header from Lee Currie’s corner kick.

Both sides squandered further chances in the first period, but Star held on for a vital three points.

Bo’ness United won on penalties at home to Super League champions Bonnyrigg Rose in the second round of the Fife and Lothians Cup.

The BUs triumphed 5-4 on spot-kicks after a goalless 90 minutes. Midfielder Ruari MacLennan struck the winning penalty for Bo’ness.

Linlithgow Rose secured a 2-0 victory away to Glenrothes in the same competition with striker Kevin Kelbie bagging a first-half double.

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Neil Lennon lauded Fraser Murray after the teenager delivered another eye-catching performance as much-changed Hibs edged out Raith Rovers.

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The 17-year-old midfielder shone on his only previous outing for the first team when he scored in an Irn-Bru Cup win over Turriff United last September. And the academy prospect was once again one of the Easter Road side’s most impressive performers as he made his league debut in a hard-fought 3-2 home victory over Rovers.

“To make a debut like that at 17, it augurs well,” said Lennon. “I’m not going to get carried away but we know we’ve got a good player there and he showed all his qualities. He looked very assured. It was a great debut.”

Lennon made ten changes to the side which lost to Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final last weekend as he gave game time to his fringe players and youngsters. The manager defended his decision to rest his big guns even though Rovers are vying with Dumbarton, Ayr United and St Mirren to avoid relegation.

“I’m not interested in what St Mirren fans think, they should worry about their own team because they come here in ten days’ time,” said Lennon. “I was justified in my team selection, I think I was right to do it. Some players were itching to play, some young lads needed the experience. It was important to give them a game before the end of the season, and they’ve all done themselves no harm at all.”

James Keatings scored a double – including a stoppage-time winner from a free-kick – as well as an assist for substitute Grant Holt’s goal on a night when winger Chris Humphrey marked his return following two months out through a combination of injury and off-field problems with an accomplished display.

“I’m really pleased for Keatings,” said Lennon. “Not many can do what he did for the winner. You can tell Humphrey’s not played much lately because he tired in the second half but for an hour he was excellent. He showed real quality to pick out Keats for the first and some of the early balls he got into the box were fantastic.

“I’m glad we won the game, I thought we deserved it. We knew Raith would make a game of it because they are fighting for their lives, but I am very, very pleased with some of the performances.”

Lennon’s senior players will return to training this morning after a few days and the head coach will assess his squad before deciding who will be deployed for Saturday’s trip to Ayr. “I don’t know yet,” when asked what type of team he had in mind for the weekend. “We’ll see how everybody is. Either way we’ll have a strong team out against Ayr.”

Lennon watched from the stand after being hit with a two-match touchline ban on the eve of the match for his part in the flare-up in Hibs’ match with Morton four weeks earlier. “I got a fair hearing, the result is what it is,” he said. “It’s over now, we can draw a line through it and just get on with things.”

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James Keatings played an instrumental role as a much-changed Hibs side edged out battling Raith Rovers in a dramatic finale to their Championship clash at Easter Road.

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The former Hearts striker scored a double and set up substitute Grant Holt for Hibs’ other goal as the recently-crowned Championship winners denied the eighth-placed Kirkcaldy side what would have been a priceless point in their quest to avoid relegation.

With the title having been sewn up a week past Saturday, Neil Lennon, serving the first game of a two-match touchline ban for misconduct against Morton last month, took the chance to rest the majority of his main men and give game time to fringe men and youngsters. In total, there were ten changes to the starting line-up from Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Aberdeen, with Efe Ambrose the only survivor.

Chris Humphrey came in for his first start since the Scottish Cup victory over Hearts two months previously, while Jordon Forster was given his first outing since he was on the end of the rash tackle by Morton striker Kudus Oyenuga that sparked the infamous brawl at Easter Road four weeks earlier.

Fraser Murray, the 17-year-old who scored in the Irn-Bru Cup win at Turriff United in September, was given his league debut. He was joined in central midfield by development team colleague Scott Martin and Andrew Shinnie, who wore the captain’s armband.

Senior duo Holt and Marvin Bartley were on the subs’ bench alongside five academy players – Maciej Dabrowski, Innes Murray, Kevin Waugh, Callum Donaldson and Sean Mackie.

John Hughes’ relegation-threatened Raith team were without Rudi Skacel, the suspended former Hearts attacker, and Danny Handling, the on-loan Hibs midfielder who was ineligible to face his parent club. Both players watched on from the stand, with Liam Henderson, who won the Scottish Cup with the Hibees last season while on loan from Celtic, also an interested spectator.

The new-look Hibs team were deployed in a 3-5-2 formation, with Humphrey, operating as a right wing-back, the most prominent player as Hibs dominated the first quarter of the match.

With four minutes gone, the former Motherwell winger created the first clear chance of the match when he delivered an inviting cross from the right and young Murray, bursting into the danger area, was desperately unfortunate to see his stooping header go wide.

A minute later, another Humphrey delivery set up Brian Graham, whose goalbound header was tipped over the bar by Pavol Penksa. From the resulting corner, taken by Keatings, the ball broke to Forster at the back post, but his low shot was charged down by Ross Matthews.

The centre-back then hooked another effort harmlessly wide from another Keatings corner in the 11th minute. Humphrey’s deliveries from the right were a feature of the early exchanges and he sent in another one in the 17th minute, from which Graham headed wide.

Shinnie then rasped a powerful shot wide from the edge of the box in the 20th minute and, two minutes later, Murray almost netted with a blistering strike from 25 yards out which flew just over the top.

Raith were offering little but they almost struck against the run of play in the 27th minute when Chris Johnston saw a firm left-footed shot from edge of the box well saved by Ross Laidlaw, the former Rovers goalkeeper, after being teed up by Bobby Barr. The visitors threatened again eight minutes later, with Declan McManus hooking an angled effort over the bar after Barr’s corner fell to him at the back post.

Just as Hibs looked to be enduring a lull as an attacking force, and with the game seemingly heading towards a goalless interval scoreline, the hosts went ahead. Graham, from inside the centre circle, played a lovely diagonal pass up the right that sent Humphrey in behind the visiting defence, and the winger took his time before chipping a perfect ball across the face of goal for the in-rushing Keatings to cushion a well-placed volley into the net from eight yards out. On balance, Hibs were worthy of their half-time advantage.

They almost relinquished it shortly after the restart, however, as Alex Harris sent an attempted clearance from a Barr cross dangerously over his own crossbar. Harris, playing left wing-back, was more prominent at the right end of the pitch in the 50th minute when he sent over a perfect cross for Murray, but the otherwise impressive teenager somehow sent his close-range effort wide of the near post.

Another Humphrey cross in the 58th minute gave Shinnie a half-chance, but the on-loan Birmingham City midfielder’s acrobatic volley from 15 yards out went high over the bar.

Raith were gradually beginning to impose themselves on the match and Ambrose had to make a brave block in front of goal to stop Barr’s powerful strike finding a way past Laidlaw in the 63rd minute. The visitors weren’t to be denied, however, and four minutes later they cut their hosts wide open to equalise when Barr threatened a pass through for McManus, who clinically despatched a shot beyond Laidlaw from 15 yards out.

Rovers had their tails up and McManus went desperately close to a second when he curled an effort over Laidlaw and against the inside of the far post in the 73rd minute. The same player then saw a header tipped over by Laidlaw.

Hibs, clearly concerned about Raith’s growing threat, introduced experienced pair Holt and Bartley from the the bench in place of Brian Graham and Andrew Shinnie. Holt was to have a swift impact as he edged Hibs in front in the 81st minute. Keatings played a ball over the top from just inside his own half. Holt gambled, the Raith defence stopped and the big Cumbrian gleefully dinked an effort over the exposed Penska and into the net.

The visitors weren’t finished, and substitute Ryan Hardie pulled them level for a second time in the 85th minute when he ran on to a through ball from Jonny Court and rounded Laidlaw to net as the home support screamed for offside.

Hibs won it at the death, though, as Keatings drilled in a low free-kick from a yard outside the penalty area after Jordan Thompson had needlessly handled.

Hibs: Laidlaw, Ambrose, McLean, Forster, Harris, Martin, F Murray (Mackie 86), Shinnie (Bartley 75), Humphrey, Keatings, Graham (Holt 77). Unused subs: Dabrowski, I Murray, Waugh, Donaldson.

Raith Rovers: Penska, Thomson, C Barr, Mvoto, McHattie, B Barr, Thompson, Matthews, Johnston (Hardie 83), McManus, Stewart (Court 62). Unused subs: Brennan, Benedictus, Roberts.

Referee: G Aitken

Crowd: 13,604

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANTHONY BROWN AT EASTER ROAD"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4430649.1493242253!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4430649.1493242253!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "James Keatings scored a double for Hibs","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "James Keatings scored a double for Hibs","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4430649.1493242253!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4430669.1493242419!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4430669.1493242419!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "26/04/17 LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP HIBERNIAN v RAITH ROVERS EASTER ROAD STADIUM - EDINBURGH Hibernian's James Keatings scores his side's winning goal","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "26/04/17 LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP HIBERNIAN v RAITH ROVERS EASTER ROAD STADIUM - EDINBURGH Hibernian's James Keatings scores his side's winning goal","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4430669.1493242419!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/hearts-set-to-offer-whole-of-roseburn-stand-to-old-firm-fans-1-4430338","id":"1.4430338","articleHeadline": "Hearts set to offer whole of Roseburn Stand to Old Firm fans","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1493217832000 ,"articleLead": "

Hearts are set to offer Rangers and Celtic fans the entire Roseburn Stand next season unless season-ticket sales “exceed expectations”.

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Both Glasgow teams had their allocations cut from 3500 to 1400 and were confined to two sections of the stand behind the goal as the Edinburgh clubs sought to tap into the feelgood factor after emerging from administration in 2014 by allowing more of their own fans into the Category A fixtures.

However, with redevelopment work over the summer set to increase the capacity of Tynecastle by around 3000, Hearts are looking into the possibility of restoring the traditional allocations of the Old Firm in an effort to ensure the ground is filled for those matches. A final decision will be made once the club review season-ticket sales over the course of the close season.

“We are aware that this will not be a popular decision with all fans, but we hope you will appreciate the economic reality involved, namely that the club must try to maximise attendance,” read a club statement. “Should season-ticket sales exceed our current expectations this would, of course, be revisited.”

City rivals Hibs are the only club to have been offered the full Roseburn Stand in recent seasons, and this arrangement is set to remain in place regardless of ticket sales. Season tickets for the new-look stadium will go on sale next month, with details available on the club website. The new main stand, which will bring total capacity to 20,099, is due to open in September, with all league games prior to that set to be staged away from home. Tynecastle will host any Betfred Cup or Europa League ties over the summer with just three stands open.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANTHONY BROWN"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4430336.1493217828!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4430336.1493217828!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Rangers and Celtic fans are likely to be allocated the entire Roseburn Stand next season","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Rangers and Celtic fans are likely to be allocated the entire Roseburn Stand next season","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4430336.1493217828!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/our-region/edinburgh/footballer-s-behaving-badly-hibs-star-peter-marinello-1-4430158","id":"1.4430158","articleHeadline": "Footballer’s Behaving Badly: Hibs star Peter Marinello","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1493212958000 ,"articleLead": "

Scotland’s answer to George Best, natural talent Peter Marinello had the skills and fashionable looks but he was far from a model professional off the football pitch, writes Sandra Dick.

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Fame and fortune shone on Peter Marinello. Gifted with a natural footballing talent, he had the added advantage of striking looks, a fun-loving personality and a sharp fashion sense that had the girls hooked.

No wonder he quickly became known as Scotland’s George Best.

It was 1970 and the world was at his feet. The 19-year-old Hibs winger, so inventive and confident on the park, was on the cusp of greatness – Arsenal had just paid 100,000 for him, and he was in demand to appear on Top of the Pops and as a fashion model.

Life looked on course to pan out perfectly for a lad raised in a Broomhouse prefab, who honed his soccer skills on the nearest stretch of spare ground.

Sadly, though, the “George Best” tag was to prove uncannily accurate: soon Peter Marinello’s name would go down in history among those players for whom football greatness became a curse.

He was just 15 when he signed for Hibs, having first shrewdly warned them that England legend Stanley Matthews wanted to sign him for Port Vale.

In fact, Hibs were the only team he wanted to play for. “I was a Hibs fan – my family were living in Logie Green at that time. I’d supported Hearts when we were in Broomhouse but you learn which team to follow when you move to Leith.”

He loved the club and times were good, although at times – as was to become the regular case with Marinello – downright bizarre.

At the age of 18 and despite his best efforts still a “good” Catholic boy, he would join his Hibs teammates on a tour of Nigeria and Ghana, just as the Biafran War was breaking out.

Team-mate Jimmy O’Rourke decided to give him a late 18th birthday present he’d never forget – the loss of his virginity to a local “lady of the night”, all the while egged on by a crowd of around 20 Hibs team-mates, seated, cheering, in a half circle around the bed.

It wasn’t the only memorable moment of the tour – Marinello later recalled arriving at an island in Ghana where the lads spotted some locals’ canoes and began messing around with them.

“Amused they were not,” recalled Peter in his biography, Fallen Idle. “It was even less funny when I was snatched and frogmarched 200 yards.

“The local fishermen were convinced that we had damaged their boats and they indicated that, unless Hibernian Football Club were prepared to foot the bill for repairs, they could kiss goodbye to Peter Marinello.”

He was restrained, hands tied behind his back while the team haggled for 40 anxious minutes before accepting the demands.

A year later as he signed for Arsenal to become one of the highest-paid players in the game, Marinello must have believed that life in London surely couldn’t be quite as bizarre...

“I was still upset at leaving Hibs,” he recalls. “I was enjoying myself, I had a few bob, I liked buying nice suits and going out for a drink with the Hibs team.

“Willie MacFarlane, the Hibs manager, said I was getting out of control, he brought in another player and I was the last to know I was being sold.”

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His three years at Arsenal would often prove frustrating football-wise, but London offered bright lights and endless opportunities to relieve him of his earnings.

The birth of his first son, Paul, in 1972 – a year before he shunned Arsenal’s pleas and moved to Portsmouth – was to have a resounding impact on his life. It plunged his wife, Joyce, into post-natal depression which would evolve into a lifelong struggle.

Her condition wasn’t helped, perhaps, by her husband’s off the pitch activities. Drinking – he once said he didn’t have “a favourite drink, as long as it was wet” – gambling and unfortunate business investments were eating into his big money salary.

His journeyman career took him to Motherwell and America before he returned to Edinburgh, this time in a maroon jersey and the beginning of the end for a player who once held so much promise.

“I was fine about going to Hearts,” he recalls. “I’d been raised in that part of town and it was part of my childhood. The fans were good to me, too.”

Edinburgh, his hometown, seemed to offer a chance to finally settle and Marinello set about putting down business roots. He converted a house with a friend and, buoyed by that success, took on another property and dipped his toe into a trade he knew well.

“I bought a couple of pubs, one in Lauriston Place, the other in Leith Walk,” he recalls.

Marinello played 36 times for Hearts – scoring on five occasions – between October 1981 and March 1983, when his old Hibs team-mate, Peter Cormack, signed him for Partick Thistle. Injury, however, put paid to his career just as the business behind his pubs started to collapse.

“I was too trusting,” he recalls. “I started making big mistakes.”

Haunted by the loss of hundreds of thousands of pounds, Marinello lost himself in booze and at the bookies. Money was running out. His final make-or-break deal was a 150,000 investment in a Spanish nightclub.

“My wife was in hospital and I was looking after two kids,” he recalls. “We ended up with nowhere to stay, so we lived at Butlin’s in Skegness while we waited and waited for the money.

“But I’d made a contract with a conman. He disappeared and I wasn’t going to get my money.”

Pushed to the edge, he finally snapped. It wasn’t hard to find someone in London to supply him with a handgun and point him towards his ex-business partner.

“It was a replica,” insists Marinello today. “It was just a scare tactic. All I wanted was to get my money back.”

A few days later police came knocking and today Marinello knows he was lucky to escape it all with a stern warning.

Marinello’s football career is overshadowed by bankruptcy, that handgun incident and a reputation for booze and business failures.

“I’m a devil may care person,” he shrugs. “I was young and stupid and I had too much money and time on my hands. But there were some bloody great times too.

“Would I change it?” he grins, “not a bit of it.”

• Part of the Footballers Behaving Badly interview series published by the Evening News in 2009

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April 26 is a day that is forever etched in the history of Hibernian with the club securing their second Scottish Cup in 1902.

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On the pitch, the 1902 Scottish Cup final between Hibs and Celtic offered little to get excited about with the Edinburgh dispact reporting the quality of the final as “charity club season final” however while the game itself was muted, the celebrations back inm Edinburgh were spectacular. Hibs had made the final despite a disappointing league campaign that offered little to suggest they would become a deadly force in the Scottish Cup finishing sixth in the ten-team First Division.

The Easter Road side had won just three away win.

However, in 1902 Hibs Cup form was a different matter. Their performances were littered with goals having scored 16 and lost just two, booking their place with a 2-0 triumph over Rangers

The scene was set for a thrilling chance for an Edinburgh side to scoop the honours for a second year in a row.

A gale force wind marked the spectacle which had been delayed due to the tragic Ibrox disaster.

Celebrations in Edinburgh post match lasted long in to the night, however, Hibs fans would need to wait 114 years before lifting the famous trophy again.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "STEPHEN MCILKENNY"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4430045.1493208144!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4430045.1493208144!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The cup winning Hibs side in 1902.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The cup winning Hibs side in 1902.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4430045.1493208144!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4430046.1493208145!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4430046.1493208145!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "How the Cup Final victory was reported.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "How the Cup Final victory was reported.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4430046.1493208145!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} , {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4430047.1493208147!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4430047.1493208147!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "editorial image","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "editorial image","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4430047.1493208147!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-boss-neil-lennon-handed-two-game-ban-for-touchline-spat-1-4429599","id":"1.4429599","articleHeadline": "Hibs boss Neil Lennon handed two-game ban for touchline spat","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1493188278000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon has received an immediate two-match touchline ban following his bust-up with Morton boss Jim Duffy.

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Lennon also received a further two-game punishment suspended until the end of 2017, which will only be triggered if he is found guilty of another misconduct charge.

The announcement came just before midnight on Tuesday following a Scottish Football Association disciplinary hearing.

The panel decided Lennon had adopted an aggressive attitude towards Duffy and the match officials towards the end of the goalless draw at Easter Road last month, when Morton’s Kudus Oyenuga fouled Jordon Forster before going down theatrically when confronted by Darren McGregor.

Lennon will sit in the stand in games against Raith Rovers and Ayr but will be free to take part in the presentation of the Ladbrokes Championship trophy after Hibs’ final match of the season against St Mirren.

Hibs were also fined £750 for the melee that followed the incident, with a further £250 suspended.

Duffy had received an immediate two-match ban in a separate hearing last week, when Morton were fined £500.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANGUS WRIGHT"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4429598.1493188261!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4429598.1493188261!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Neil Lennon was given a four-game ban in total - two of which are suspended. Picture: Scott Louden","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Neil Lennon was given a four-game ban in total - two of which are suspended. Picture: Scott Louden","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4429598.1493188261!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/chris-humphrey-i-ve-no-problem-with-lenny-s-tirades-1-4429281","id":"1.4429281","articleHeadline": "Chris Humphrey: I’ve no problem with Lenny’s tirades","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1493184657000 ,"articleLead": "

Chris Humphrey has no problem with Neil Lennon ripping into the Hibs players when he sees fit because he knows from personal experience that the manager is just as likely to display his compassionate side behind closed doors.

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The Northern Irishman hasn’t been slow to criticise his team this season when he feels they haven’t performed to high enough standards. In a notable post-match tirade after a draw at Raith Rovers in February, Lennon branded his players “a disgrace”, while he was similarly scathing after the 3-2 Scottish Cup defeat by Aberdeen on Saturday even though Hibs were widely deemed to have been the better team against the Scottish Premiership’s second-placed side. Humphrey, who was an unused substitute at Hampden after returning from a two-month lay-off caused by a combination of injury and personal problems, insists there’s far more to his manager, however, than the feisty character often seen on a match-day.

Asked if he was surprised that Lennon slaughtered the team at the weekend, the winger said: “Not really because we all know what the gaffer can be like. He can be like that but then when he’s calmed down, he speaks to you and explains why he was like that. Listen, he’s a winner. Yeah, OK, he can go mad sometimes, but at the end of the day he loves his players and he’s always there for us. He’ll do anything for his players.

“I found that out when I went through my off-field problems. I was going through a difficult time and had a bit of time off, and the gaffer was brilliant. He was there every step of the way for me and showed another side of him that people might not see. He rang me up and gave me a lot of support. He told me to come back whenever I was ready. I can’t thank him enough for that. You don’t really see that side of him when he’s on the pitch. Personally, I’ve seen both sides of him and I can understand where he comes from when goes mad or whatever. He just wants us to win, so if we don’t win, he’s not happy.

“Sometimes he might pull whoever he wasn’t happy with aside and say ‘look, I went like that because I feel you’re a good player’ or whatever it might have been. I think the lads understand why he gets like that. It’s just the way he is. He’s not going to change. People might just see what he’s like on the sidelines and say ‘oh, look at him’ or whatever, but when you get to work with him day in, day out, you get to understand his personality and what he’s really all about.”

Humphrey was relieved to return to the squad after a frustrating period. The former Motherwell winger signed at the start of January on a short-term contract until the end of the season but managed only six appearances before succumbing to a foot injury that forced him off at the start of the Scottish Cup win over Hearts in February. The 29-year-old Jamaican knows he needs to try and impress in Hibs’ final three matches of the season – against Raith Rovers tonight, Ayr United on Saturday and St Mirren the following week – if he is to earn himself a new deal.

“I felt my Achilles before the Hearts game, so when I came off against Hearts I thought it was that but it wasn’t – it was my fascia,” said Humphrey. “I also had a couple of weeks off with family problems as well, so I missed a lot of rehab with that, which made it longer as well. But the gaffer was brilliant and I’d just like to thank him for that.

“It has been very frustrating, but hopefully I can play a part in the last three games and see where that takes me. I haven’t heard anything about a contract, and I didn’t expect to. I’ve been injured for a long time, so I wouldn’t expect to hear anything from the club yet. I need to play and prove to them that I’m fit and it’s not going to happen again.”

“These games are important for me to try to get some games under my belt, and for my own piece of mind to prove to myself that it’s fine.”

Humphrey was part of a Motherwell side that finished in the top three of the Premiership in both 2012 and 2013. He sees no reason why Hibs can’t do likewise and live up to Lennon’s bold billing as the second best team in Scotland next season.

“We proved on Saturday that we can mix with the best of them,” said Humphrey. “Aberdeen are second in the Premiership, but apart from the first 20-odd minutes, I thought we did very well against them.

“This club should be very excited about next season because I think it’ll be a good one for them. Keep this bunch together, and the gaffer obviously, and I can see them doing very well. The gaffer’s got experience of winning that league, and I’ve always said I think this is a Premiership squad. I see Hibs doing very well.”

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