{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"hibs","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-1-3-hamilton-hibs-suffer-second-half-horror-show-1-4536678","id":"1.4536678","articleHeadline": "Hibs 1-3 Hamilton: Hibs suffer second half horror show","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1503158300000 ,"articleLead": "

Three years after condemning Hibs to Championship football Hamilton returned to haunt Hibs as they brought the Easter Road outfit's promising return to the top flight of Scottish football to a shuddering halt.

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It's happened again sang the small band of Accies fans - all 217 of them - in memory of that day in May, 2014, as they watched their side take total control of the second half of the match, Rakish Bingham firing them ahead from the penalty spot after Darren McGregor had tripped Greg Docherty before a mistake by Paul Hanlon gifted substitute Louis Longridge, who had earlier hit the bar, claim a second to clinch the three points.

And two minutes from the end Bingham wrapped up a superb afternoon for Martin Canning's side, rounding off a terrific move by knocking home a well deserved third, an injury time strike from Anthony Stokes scant consolation for the home fans.

After a promising start following their wins over Partick Thistle and Rangers Hibs simply fell out of the match, a pale shadow of the side which had thrilled at Ibrox seven days ago.

Hibs dominated the early stages but survived a fright when Giannis Skondras' long ball forward drifted over the head of McGregor to give Bingham a glimpse of goal but the Easter Road defender recovered sufficiently to ensure the striker couldn't get a shot on target.

As ever Simon Murray was proving to be a livewire upfront for the Capital outfit but the free-scoring hitman was left disappointed as he found plenty of space to meet Danny Swanson's corner only to head wide.

Swanson brought the first save of the game. Accies goalkeeper Gary Woods throwing himself to his left to push aside the midfielder's powerful drive from 25 yards.

Hamilton might not have been seeing as much of the ball as their opponents but they made good of it when in possession, Docherty striding forward to unleash a rising shot which referee Steven McLean adjudged goalkeeper Ofir Marciano had just got his fingertips on to turn it over.

As the half-hour mark came and went Accies boss Martin Canning would have been happy to have seen his side subdue an expectant home support as they grew into the game. But it took a terrific block from Woods to prevent Murray claiming his 11th goal of the season after the striker had been set free by Steven Whittaker's well-judged pass.

Hibs had claims for a penalty waved away as Georgious Skondras appeared to hold Stokes as he attempted to get on the end of Murray's header but the home side had Marciano to thank for ensuring they didn't to in a goal behind at the interval, the Israeli internationalist rising acrobatically to claw Ali Crawford's curling shot away from his top left hand corner.

Encouraged by the way they had ended the first half Accies began the second by forcing a string of corners from which Dougie Imrie saw a netbound strike diverted over by the head of Ambrose.

Hibs had been sloppy and paid the penalty quite literally when McGregor tripped Docherty, referee McLean having no hesitation in pointing to the spot, Bingham stepping up to slot the ball into Marciano's bottom left hand corner despite the goalkeeper guessing the right way.

Neil Lennon didn't wait long to react, replacing Swanson with on-loan Manchester City winger Brandon Barker just three minutes later in a bid to spark some much needed life into what had become a lacklustre performance from his side.

Hibs moved to a four at the back as Vykintas Slivka replaced McGregor but they were lucky not to fall two behind in the 64th minute as Longridge crashed a shot off the junction of the crossbar and post as Hamilton continued to turn the screw on the Capital side.

Accies got the second goal they deserved as Longridge latched onto Hanlon's misplaced clearance, left with the easy task of slotting a low shot beyond Marciano, before Stokes claimed that added-on time consolation goal.

And they heaped even further misery on Hibs as Longridge and Docherty combined to leave Bingham with an empty goal to claim his second, and their third, of the day.

Hibs: Marciano, Ambrose, McGregor (Slivka 62), Hanlon, Whittaker, McGeouch, (Matulevicius 75), McGinn, Stevenson, Swanson (Barker 55), S Murray, Stokes.

Substitutes not used: Laidlaw, Gray, Fontaine, F Murray.

Hamilton: Woods, Skondras, Sarris, Tomas, McMann, Imrie, Docherty, MacKinnon, Crawford, Bingham, Boyd (Longridge 62).

Substitutes not used: Jamieson, Gillespie, Redmond, Gogi, Templeton, Lyon.

Referee: Steven McLean.

Attendance: 16,633.

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Hibs have received a boost with the news Easter Road flying machine Martin Boyle could return to action in next weekend’s Premiership match against Dundee at Dens Park.

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Boyle’s impressive start to the season – head coach Neil Lennon having described him as “having taken his game onto another level” – was brought to an abrupt halt when he suffered a training ground accident that forced him to sit out the 3-2 victory over Rangers at Ibrox.

The initial diagnosis on the ankle injury sustained when he attempted to block a cross from team-mate Vykintas Slivka during a session at East Mains was that the 24-year-old could be out for up to a month, raising the prospect he wouldn’t play again until after the upcoming international break.

But now Lennon has revealed Boyle is making a quicker than anticipated recovery which, if it continues at its current rate, could put him into consideration when Hibs visit his old club a week tomorrow.

Lennon said: “Martin suffered a high ankle sprain when he went to block a ball. There was a lot of swelling around the top of the ankle but he is recovering. We hope to have him back before the international break – we may have him fit for next week.”

Meanwhile, Lennon has insisted his players won’t have revenge on their minds this afternoon as they face Hamilton for the first time since being relegated to the Championship three years ago, beaten in the newly introduced play-offs by the Accies.

He said: “A week is a long time in football, three years is ancient history. We’ve made a great start to the season but our thoughts, more than anything, are on getting the three points. In terms of revenge, I doubt that will be in anyone’s minds.”

Both Lennon and defender Lewis Stevenson admitted Hibs have been guilty in the past of letting themselves down in the wake of impressive results such as that they enjoyed last weekend, but both were adamant the Easter Road side were determined that wouldn’t be the case today.

Lennon said: “I hope the players will get a real lift and buzz but we won’t be treating Hamilton any differently to Rangers. We aren’t in the position to do that, not that we would.”

Stevenson conceded the wins over Partick Thistle and Rangers may bring some added pressure in terms of expectation with another bumper crowd expected, but he said: “I think we’ve got to the stage now where we realise every game is only worth three points.

“You don’t play at Ibrox often and it is a totally different atmosphere. But you need to cope with that and you need to cope with the pressure that will be on us to win against Hamilton. We’ve handled that well over the last few years and I am sure it will be the same today.

“Even in the past, when we’ve not been doing as well, we’ve been able to raise ourselves against the so-called bigger teams like Rangers, Celtic and Hearts. But you need to keep winning week-in, week-out. You can’t win at Ibrox and then be beaten the next week.”

And as pleasing as the start to the season might have been, Stevenson insisted nothing had yet been achieved, saying: “A run of ten games, picking up as many points as possible, will be the testament to where we are. You can’t judge anything yet. Once we’ve played everyone once we’ll have a good reading.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "DAVID HARDIE"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4536054.1503068569!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4536054.1503068569!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Martin Boyle is recovering faster than expected","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Martin Boyle is recovering faster than expected","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4536054.1503068569!/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/lewis-stevenson-looks-back-at-journey-from-hibs-horrible-day-1-4536111","id":"1.4536111","articleHeadline": "Lewis Stevenson looks back at journey from Hibs’ ‘horrible day’","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1503120622000 ,"articleLead": "

It is the question which will forever divide Hibs fans. Was relegation the shock needed to re-energise the Easter Road club?

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The remarkable transformation which has happened in the course of the past three years may, arguably, have taken place had the Capital outfit not crashed into the Championship.

The facts, however, might suggest otherwise, the club finishing seventh, 11th and tenth in the seasons before going into freefall under Terry Butcher – a popular appointment only a few months earlier – and ending in the ignominy of losing their place at the top table, victims of the newly introduced play-offs.

Hibs supporters will need no reminder that it was today’s visitors Hamilton who ultimately swung the axe, coming back from losing 2-0 on their own ground to win a dramatic penalty shoot-out and so spark recriminations which threatened to tear the Edinburgh club apart.

It’s taken longer than hoped for their return to the Premiership – the disappointment of spending so long in the Championship eased in no small measure by that historic Scottish Cup triumph – but there’s little doubt Hibs have returned as a side bearing little or no comparison to those dark days in the first half of this decade.

The renewed sense of optimism prompted a record number to buy season tickets, the expectation heightened even further by opening victories over Partick Thistle and Rangers, the fans’ confidence also coursing through the veins of each and every one of Neil Lennon’s players.

Such has been the sea-change at Easter Road that only Lewis Stevenson remains of the 18 players who stripped for action on that fateful day in May, 2014, although the club’s longest serving player insisted those events hadn’t even entered his mind this week until reminded during the pre-match press conference.

“It was a horrible day,” he 
admitted, “And one we all want to forget. This seems like a much more positive place to be now, it’s very different circumstances and a lot has changed – for both clubs.

“It actually feels like a different club, everyone is pulling I the right direction, the fans are with us and long may that continue. You can see by the season ticket sales how positive the feeling is.

“They [the fans] are the best they’ve been in the time I’ve been here, even when we were finishing third and fourth. It’s a great place to play right now and, although some people might say it doesn’t make a difference, it is much easier to play in front of fans that are willing you to win and have that positivity.

“Our form at Easter Road has been a lot better and that’s a big part of it.”

Stevenson admitted being on the receiving end from Hibs own supporters was the most bitter pill to swallow at the time.

The 29-year-old said: “It wasn’t so much during games, it was when you were out doing your shopping. And it wouldn’t be what they said, it would be the look someone would give you.

“I can take it from opposing fans – that’s almost a boost – but when you get it from your own it hurts. It’s the worst feeling you can get, when your own fans are disappointed in you.

“But that’s made me stronger, more resilient and I’m sure the same people that thought negatively back then, well, hopefully, I’ve turned a few around.

“You never want to get relegated, and things might have changed without it. But we haven’t done anything yet.

“We want to be challenging in the top six, challenging towards the top end of the table. We are only two games into the season – so I’ll tell you at the end of it how much things have changed.”

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AFTER indulging for a week or two in friendly matches, the Hibernians settled down to their League engagements for the ensuing season, by facing the Partick Thistle on Saturday afternoon at Easter Road.

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Both teams had started the season in a manner which augurs well, and a splendid game was therefore expected.

The Championship flag, which the Hibernians fought so well for last season was unfurled amid a scene of enthusiasm, Mr Smith, president of the Second Division, unfurling it.

McGeachan was absent from the home team, not having fully recovered from a kick he received against Rangers.

The visitors were late in arriving and the game did not start until 4.45pm. The champions won the toss and Williams set the game in motion.

In the first part of the game the Hibs were having the best part of the game but could not force the ball through. At last they scored from a run by Amos Smith, having no trouble in sending the ball through.

Devine was feeding his Partick forwards well and, from one of his kicks, the forward line got a look in, but Wilkie’s shot did not take effect.

However, two more goals soon followed and Hibs pressed the visitors severely in the second half, scoring twice more.

Freebairn succeeded in pulling one goal back for Thistle.

The result was a substantial victory for the Hibernians.

Hibernians: Donnelly, Rooney, McFarlane, Breslin, Neill, Murphy, Murray, Kennedy, Martin, Smith, Amos. Substitutes: Foster, Snodin.

Partick Thistle: Smith, McCulloch, Campbell, Devine, Rory, Bruce, Freebairn, Proudfoot, Williams, Campbell, Wilkie.

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The good news for the rest of the SPL is the Hoops clearly won’t stroll the league if they are under strength.

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Hibs should have been six-feet under by half-time but Pat Fenlon’s men showed a resilience rarely seen last season to bounce back twice from Mikael Lustig goals to pinch a point.

Tim Clancy and Paul Cairney grabbed their first goals for the Edinburgh club who are first to claim SPL points at Parkhead since Hibs did it themselves with a 0-0 draw last October.

The deadlock, however undeserved, kept the sides level on points at the top of the SPL. And although Hoops boss Neil Lennon played down his anger, he knows they need more than they managed here in the second half.

He was without Scott Brown, Beram Kayal, Joe Ledley, Charlie Mulgrew, Georgios Samaras and Anthony Stokes from his starting line-up – then lost Victor Wanyama to injury.

The visitors had started the match pretty steadily but nonetheless found themselves behind after just 11 minutes.

James McPake made a crucial intervention to deny Victor Wanyama a tap-in from a Filip Twardzik corner, but no-one in the visiting defence could prevent Lustig’s thunderous effort from 12 yards from Twardzik’s subsequent corner out the net.

Celtic assumed complete control of the match and came within inches of a second when Gary Hooper picked up possession on the edge of the box only to see his powerful toe-poke come off the underside of the bar.

Williams in the Hibs goal was seeing plenty of the ball and he reacted brilliantly to push away a powerful Victor Wanyama drive from 10 yards.

James Forrest was next to try his luck, this time from outside the penalty area, but his low strike whistled just past Williams’ right-hand post.

The game was in danger of drifting into non-event territory as half-time approached, though Hibs briefly threatened when McPake’s header across goal allowed Leigh Griffiths to try an adventurous overhead-kick, which flew well off-target.

Celtic sprang into life and first Tony Watt chipped wide when he should have scored before Hooper was again denied by the frame of the goal, heading against Williams’ left-hand post from Adam Matthews’ cross.

Whatever Pat Fenlon said to his players at the interval certainly had the desired effect, though. Within two minutes of the restart, a Griffiths free kick from the right was knocked against the post by Eoin Doyle.

But the equaliser did arrive moments later after woeful defending by Lustig. The Swede attempted to guide the ball back to Fraser Forster but failed miserably to do so, allowing Clancy to nip in, round the keeper and tap in to an empty net.

An inspired Paddy McCourt run and shot came close to restoring Celtic’s lead and though Hibs were playing a far greater role in the match, they fell behind again when Williams spilled a long-range Filip Twardzik free kick, allowing Lustig to slide in and, despite the best efforts of McPake on the line, force the ball over the line.

The home crowd were stunned again, though, when Cairney showed superb skill to get past two challenges and then slot the ball past Forster.

Celtic continued to create chances as the game wore on, and Twardzik passed up a glorious opportunity with eight minutes left.

A Kris Commons free kick was punched into the Czech’s path by Williams but he blasted over the bar from eight yards.

McPake was playing heroically at the back for Hibs and he did just enough to deflect a Commons shot wide as time ticked away.

And in the end, Hibs held on comfortably to continue their impressive start to the league season, though Celtic have only themselves to blame for dropping two points.

Hibs: Williams, Clancy, Hanlon, McPake (c), Maubury, Deegan, Claros, Cairney, Wotherspoon, Griffiths, Doyle.

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A man has appeared in court accused of threatening to kill Hibernian manager Neil Lennon.

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Sean Cowan allegedly wrote: “Someone give me a weapon and I will shoot this little terrorist c**t in the head with impunity.

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“I’m serious. I would. I have previous for firearms.”

Cowan, 54, is said to have made the remarks on social media site Facebook last Saturday, August 12, following Hibs’ 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox.

He was arrested on Tuesday over the alleged death threats and was rushed to hospital whilst in police custody due to a mystery health scare.

Medics had serious concerns over Cowan’s health so he was kept in hospital, under police guard.

He was released from hospital yesterday/on Thursday, but he remained in police custody until appearing in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court today/yesterday (FRI), before Sheriff Linda Smith.

He was represented by defence solicitor David Nicholson - of law firm McCusker, McElroy and Gallanagh - during the hearing, where he faced two charges.

The first charge, brought under Section 6(1) and (2) of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012, states that Cowan “did communicate material to another person which consisted of, contained or implied a threat or an incitement to carry out a seriously violent act against a person or persons of a particular description and was likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm.”

The charge further states that Cowan “did intend to cause fear or alarm or were reckless as to whether communication of the material would cause fear or alarm in that [he] did post on the social media application Facebook, messages containing a threat to shoot in the head Neil Lennon.”

The second charge - an alleged breach of Section 127(1)(a) of the Communications Act 2003 - states that Cowan “did send, by means of a public electronic communications network, post a message to the social media application Facebook, that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, in that said message contained a grossly offensive remark regarding Neil Lennon.”

The address of former Celtic manager and captain Lennon, 45, is given on court papers as “c/o the Police Service of Scotland.”

Sheriff Smith recorded a plea of not guilty to both charges and released Cowan, of Johnstone, Renfrewshire, on bail.

A trial is set to take place in November, with a pre-trial hearing scheduled for October.

Lennon had also been the subject of a probe over his goal celebrations in last Saturday’s win but police later confirmed he will not face any action.

He was being investigated after Rangers fans were left outraged by his Ibrox touchline antics.

But a Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “After complaints and talks with the Procurator Fiscal, it has been established that no criminality took place.

“Therefore no further action will be taken.”

Bears supporters group Club 1872 accused the Easter Road boss of trying to “incite trouble” as he celebrated the 3-2 win.

After Simon Murray’s leveller he faced the main stand, kept his arms aloft, cupped his ears, then made a pumped fist gesture - prompting one fan to throw a lighter which missed him by a few feet.

A spokesperson for Club 1872 said: “He seems completely unable to control himself at Ibrox.

“Mr Lennon has previous for abusing and goading both Rangers staff and fans.”

But Lennon insisted he had done nothing wrong and hit back: “I celebrated a goal.”

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Hibs are the biggest club in Edinburgh right now, according to former Easter Road favourite Garry O’Connor.

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The striker made the claim on the Monday Night Fitba podcast, insisting talk of Hearts being the No.1 side in Edinburgh is false.

O’Connor had two spells with Hibs during a 14-year professional career which also saw play for Birmingham City and Lokomotiv Moscow among a few others.

His last game for the club was the 2012 Scottish Cup final when Hibs were defeated 5-1 by their rivals. The match took place during a lengthy period of malaise at Easter Road, culminating in the 2014 relegation to the Scottish Championship.

Hibs have since rebuilt and, buoyed by their own Scottish Cup triumph, came back stronger for the experience.

Manager Neil Lennon insisted last season they should be aiming for second place in their first campaign back in the top flight, and O’Connor believes such ambitions are only right for a club of Hibs’ size.

He said: “It’s where Hibs belong. Hibs are a massive club.

“You get all this talk of ‘Hibs are the second biggest club in Edinburgh’. Hibs are a bigger club than Hearts. I’m telling you.

“Financially, Hibs are a bigger club than Hearts. We’re ran so much better. Infrastructure is much better. Our training ground is our own. The stadium is fantastic, and we’ve got the right people running the club at this moment in time, including the manager.

“They’re playing the kind of brand of football we want them to play, and there’s a few players touching the first-team from the academy as well.

“It’s great as a Hibs fan to see so many season tickets getting sold.

“They will need to hold on to John McGinn, though. If he goes it’ll be some big shoes to fill.”

Click here to listen to the full MNF podcast interview with O’Connor.

READ MORE - Hibs unrecognisable to 2014, says Hamilton play-off hero

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Dylan McGeouch reckons Hibs’ impressive victory over Rangers at Ibrox will have made other Premiership teams sit up and take notice of Neil Lennon’s side.

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But the midfielder admitted the win might also possibly make life a bit more difficult for him and his team-mates now they’ve alerted everyone to the threat they pose as newcomers to Scottish football’s top flight.

The visit of Hamilton tomorrow may appear a somewhat easier proposition than Govan last weekend but, argued McGeouch, it’s a match which has to be treated in exactly the same manner.

Accies boss Martin Canning, a former Hibs defender, has acknowledged that with the squad Lennon has assembled there’s no reason why his old club shouldn’t be challenging at the top end of the table.

However, as such, it will be up to him to devise a game plan to cope with a side which scored 11 goals in a week, five against Ayr United in the Betfred Cup, sandwiched between three each against Partick Thistle and Rangers.

It wouldn’t be unreasonable to suggest that as such Canning, whose players salvaged their Premiership status with a play-off win against Dundee United, may be tempted to take the sort of cautious approach adopted by the majority of Championship teams visiting Easter Road last season, namely playing a game of frustration in sitting in and attempting to hit on the break.

However, McGeouch believes whatever tactics Canning decides upon, he and his team-mates can come up with the answers.

He said: “We can mix it. We have an edge to us in that we can stand up for ourselves if teams want to battle, but when we put our foot on the ball we can play. I think we showed that last week at Ibrox when they had that spell at the beginning of the match until we got on the ball, passed it and the game opened up for us. With 50,000 supporters on our backs, I think the team takes credit for that.

“I’m not sure what Hamilton might try to do but they will know we are at home, we’re going well and will come out of the traps with a lot of confidence behind us. But, having said that, Hamilton had a very good result of their own at Dens Park so they won’t be short on confidence either.”

The final 3-2 scoreline at Ibrox, allied to the fall-out which descended following Neil Lennon’s goal celebration, possibly detracted from what had been an impressive – particularly in the second half – performance by Hibs.

McGeouch, though, says being given little credit for the victory was of little consequence. “The headlines were always going to be about the stuff that was going on and not about our performance. But that was out of our hands.

“It wasn’t disappointing because we know how well we played and what a good result it was. Everything else didn’t really affect us. It was a marker to everyone. It was a big game; to go there and win in just the second game of the season having just come back into this league was a huge result.”

However, if the win at Ibrox, which followed another fightback to defeat Partick Thistle on the opening day of the season, may have surprised a few, McGeouch insisted it didn’t cause a stir amongst the squad, one which, a meaningless penalty shoot-out defeat against Ross County in the Betfred Cup aside, remains unbeaten thus far.

He said: “I don’t think we feel we have surpassed our hopes. With the players we have in the squad we felt we were capable of winning the first two games and the cup match [against Ayr United]. We have that self belief about ourselves. We’ve gone a goal down to Partick and Rangers but fought back and scored a few ourselves. We’ve shown a determination to get back into games and when we get our foot on the ball we’ve played some good football. Against Partick, we perhaps got a bit nervous at the start, it being the first game back, but once we calmed ourselves down we were fine; the same against Rangers. They’ve been two massive results.”

Hamilton, of course, were ultimately responsible for consigning Hibs to the Championship, the Easter Road club having gone into freefall under Terry Butcher but, insisted McGeouch, the fact tomorrow’s clash is the first between the clubs since will have no 
bearing.

“Honestly, it’s not been mentioned,” he said. “Obviously, I wasn’t here at the time but we know a club like Hibs should not have been in that position in the first place. Now, though, the focus is on keeping this run going and taking the points.”

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Hibs boss Neil Lennon has revealed he’s been a fan of Manchester City winger Brandon Barker since his days as manager of Bolton Wanderers having once tried to sign the 20-year-old for the Trotters.

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Lennon has snapped up the youngster on a season-long deal, disclosing that striker Brian Graham’s departure to Cheltenham Town had freed up his budget to further strengthen his squad.

He said: “I watched Brandon in Under-21 games with Manchester City and he was exceptional as a youth. I tried to get him in when I was at Bolton.

“He was on loan at Rotherham for a while then he had a year at NAC Breda in Holland and helped them get promoted. We were looking for someone to compliment Martin Boyle and when his name cropped up we moved very quickly on it.

“He is a very good player and I hope he showcases his talent here.”

Lennon is confident that Barker, capped by England at Under-18, 19 and 20 level, will not only add an extra dimension to his squad but ultimately return to the Etihad a better player thanks to his time at Easter Road.

He said: “This is a very good environment for him and a very good fit. I want to send him back to Man City a better and more experienced player.

“His job is to contribute to the team and be successful. He is a very exciting talent, he can eliminate people and I think he has a goal in him.

“He is quick so I think he needs regular football and he will be challenging to get that here.”

Barker himself can’t wait to get started at Easter Road. He said: “It feels great and I can’t wait to get playing football again. It’s a great club and a great city to be in, so I’m really looking forward to it.

“The manager said that it is a good place for me to come and carry on learning my trade and that it is a great platform for me to come and show everyone what I can do.

“He believes in me, so hopefully I can make everyone else believe in me.”

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Neil Lennon has revealed how he was blanked by Pedro Caixinha as he joined the Rangers boss for a traditional after-match drink in his office following Hibs’ ill-tempered victory at Ibrox last weekend.

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The Hibs head coach claimed Caixinha spoke only in Portuguese to his right-hand man Helder Baptista, ignoring Lennon and his backroom staff, a distinct lack of respect as far as he was concerned.

Lennon himself had been accused by Caixinha of not showing him the respect he felt he was due but the former Celtic boss, who’d found himself condemned for his celebrations following the equalising goal which paved the way for Hibs’ 3-2 win, insisted he had shown plenty of respect to Caixinha – short of “kissing his feet”.

Caixinha appeared particularly annoyed at Lennon’s antics in the away technical area, Baptista at one point seen presumably to be complaining to a police officer in the vicinity but, insisted the Easter Road boss, there was plenty more going on outside his own dug-out.

He said: “I didn’t seen Pedro’s comments. You have to explain to be what he meant by it because during the game I think I remonstrated once with the fourth official about a decision. Once.

“Whereas there were things going on in their technical area. Bottles being kicked, blah-blah-bla, shouting and screaming at the fourth official. So I’ve nothing to reproach myself for in how I handled the situation.

“I don’t know where he’s coming from, within the confines of the game.”

Asked if he felt Caixinha’s reaction was an attempt to deflect from the outcome of the match, Lennon said: “Maybe. That’s something you would need to ask him about. I can’t comment on what he’s thinking.

“I paid him due respect before the game. You guys were here last Friday, you know that. I said he came across as a gentleman. I paid Ibrox the compliment of saying it was a great amphitheatre. I even complimented his team’s performance after the game.

“So, other than kiss his feet, how much respect does he want me to give him?”

And Lennon revealed the ill-feeling demonstrated on the touchline continued when the respective backroom staffs gathered.

He said: “That respect should have been afforded to me when we went into his office afterwards. But it clearly wasn’t. You know, respect is a two-way thing.

“There was no conversation with myself or my backroom team. That was odd, very odd. I’ve never experienced that before. Only Jonatan Johansson [Rangers assistant coach] and the young fitness coach who was there made conversation.

“I spoke to Jonatan and the fitness coach spoke to Grant Murray [Hibs first-team coach]. We had no conversation or dialogue with the manager or his backroom team.”

Instead, insisted Lennon, who is learning Portuguese himself, Caixinha and Baptista only spoke in their native tongue. He said: “They spoke in Portuguese. Which I understand a little bit of . . . I had half a glass of beer and that was it.”

Lennon was adamant that an after-match chat between managers was regarded as part of the game regardless of the outcome of the match itself, rules which apply even to Old Firm clashes.

He said: “There is an unwritten respect between managers no matter what went on before. Sometimes you don’t want to do it, but you bite your lip and take it. It works both way.”

Insisting he’d never act in that manner while asking what the reaction would be should he do so, Lennon said: “The majority of time you do your press duties afterwards and you are still emotional and you have to just suck it up when you get beat.

“Sometimes you don’t want to talk about the game at all but there is that respect. If Pedro wants that then he has to give some back.”

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Hibs have completed the signing of Brandon Barker on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City.

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The 20-year-old winger spent last season on loan at Dutch club NAC Breda, where he won promotion to the Eredivisie.

The player, whose move to Easter Road was revealed by the Evening News, also had a brief loan spell with Rotherham United in season 2015/16.

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon has been keen to add extra width to his squad following the departures of Chris Humphrey and Alex Harris at the end of last season and has swooped for Barker, a player renowned for his pace and trickery.

Barker said: “It feels great and I can’t wait to get playing football again. It’s a great club and a great city to be in, so I’m really looking forward to it.

“The manager said that it is a good place for me to come and carry on learning my trade and that it is a great platform for me to come and show everyone what I can do.

“He believes in me, so hopefully I can make everyone else believe in me.”

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Neil Lennon believes Hibs’ deserved 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox was wrongly overshadowed by the fall-out from his goal celebrations and called a supporters’ group statement “laughable”.

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The Hibs head coach was the subject of complaints to police after briefly cupping his ears and raising a fist towards the Ibrox main stand when Simon Murray levelled in a tempestuous Ladbrokes Premiership encounter. Police later confirmed the Northern Irishman would not face any action.

In a rancorous aftermath, Gers boss Pedro Caixinha criticised referee John Beaton’s decision to send off Ryan Jack for a clash with Anthony Stokes, who was earlier booked for wrestling James Tavernier to the ground. And, when it was suggested to Lennon that Light Blues assistant manager Helder Baptista had spoken to the police about him, he replied: “He should have got back in his box”.

Lennon was later accused by Rangers fan group Club 1872 of “inflammatory” actions and the former Celtic manager claimed it all took the shine off a fine win for his side.

He said: “Why it was front page news? There is so much more going on in Scotland and around the world and there I find myself on the front page on Monday for celebrating a goal. It is disproportionate.

“We won the game. It was a massive deflection and distraction from what my players did, the way we set the team out, the football way we played and the win.

“If it wasn’t me, it was the referee, which is fine. People can comment on how they see the game afterwards, they are entitled to their opinion, but we went to Ibrox in a really hostile environment, stood up to the challenge and came away with a fantastic three points and I think that has been really poorly overlooked by the mainstream media.”

Speaking before Jack’s red card was rescinded, Lennon added: “Possibly Anthony Stokes could have been sent off, most football people would agree with that. Ryan leant his head into Anthony, he has previous with that, he got away with it last season.

“Graham Dorrans grabbed Vykintas Slivka by the neck, Alfredo Morales went through the back of Dylan McGeouch on three occasions and ended up getting a yellow but these things happen. It was a difficult game to handle.

“Maybe once I remonstrated once with the fourth official, that was it, but that seemed to irk some other people who behaved far worse than me.”

Lennon admitted his relief that police decided to take no action and expects the Scottish Football Association compliance officer Tonny McGlennan to follow suit.

He said: “Of course, but as I said at the time I didn’t think I had any case to answer to and thankfully the police have seen that as well.

“I expect that to be the case (with the SFA) and we draw a line under it. I didn’t think my behaviour was over the top at all. Why I am being criticised for that, I don’t know.

“I can cite a lot of people for what they do but I don’t, I get on with it. I try to do with a bit of humour but people lose their sense of humour when they concede a goal against my teams.”

Lennon was scathing when asked about the statement issued by Club 1872.

He said: “Laughable. Insignificant. Never heard of them. Looked like it was written by a 15-year-old. I was aware of it but I don’t need to comment on it.”

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A man arrested over alleged offensive and threatening comments against Hibernian manager Neil Lennon was taken to hospital shortly before he was due to appear in court.

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The 54-year-old was arrested on Tuesday and was due to appear at Paisley Sheriff Court the following day.

The Crown Office said on Thursday that he remains in hospital.

The man was arrested following an investigation into an online post made in the wake of Hibs’ 3-2 victory over Rangers on Saturday.

Officers earlier confirmed they will take no action against Lennon following complaints over his behaviour during the match at Ibrox.

Police Scotland received a number of complaints after the former Celtic manager celebrated his side’s first goal by apparently cupping his ears and raising a fist in the direction of the Rangers fans.

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The last time Darian MacKinnon and Hamilton Accies visited Easter Road, they inflicted all manner of misery on a rancorous Hibs support.

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No-one present will forget the surreal and at-times venomous atmosphere inside the stadium as Terry Butcher’s free-falling side surrendered a 2-0 first-leg lead in the 2014 play-off final and ended up being relegated after losing a penalty shoot-out. For Accies, there was only unbridled joy as they secured an unlikely promotion.

Just over three years on, as they prepare to return to Leith on Saturday for the first time since that tumultuous day, MacKinnon is well aware there is no chance of upsetting the applecart in such spectacular fashion this time.

“You could sense the tension around Hibs that day,” the 31-year-old, one of the few players remaining at Accies from that match, told the Evening News. “We were actually in a similar situation last season when we were on our way down into the play-offs and it does affect you when the fans turn. With the atmosphere around Easter Road that day, you just got the feeling the Hibs fans were waiting for something to boo, basically. Then, as soon as we scored the goal, they all went totally mental.

“We could sense vulnerability there and we played on it. I remember at the start of the game, we were 2-0 down from the first leg, but Alex Neil, our manager at the time, said ‘if we get the first goal, we’ll do it’, and he was proved correct. It was the best day of my career, just because of the circumstances. Winning on penalties as well, I don’t think I’ll ever get a moment like that again unless I win a cup or something, which, at my age, is getting less likely all the time. I’d imagine the atmosphere at Easter Road on Saturday will be totally different to that day.”

This change in vibe, of course, is down to the manner in which Hibs have rebuilt during their three years in the Championship and reconnected with their supporters. After a strong start to their first season back in the Premiership under Neil Lennon, they are being widely heralded as one of the top teams in the country. “It’s night and day between this Hibs team and the one we beat in the play-off final,” said MacKinnon. “They look very mobile and technically gifted. The team that got relegated were on a downward spiral but under Neil Lennon they’re on the up. It’s never a good thing getting relegated but Hibs have certainly responded the right way. It wasn’t a good thing for them at the time but, with hindsight, it probably has been a good thing for them.

“They’ve built themselves back up and come back with really good players and a manager who knows the game inside out. I think they can do big things this season. From what I’ve seen so far, there’s no reason they can’t challenge the likes of Aberdeen and Rangers for second. They’ve got a really good squad and a manager who’s been over the course before so you certainly wouldn’t write them off.”

As a feisty midfielder accustomed to the wrath of opposition supporters, MacKinnon can relate to the plight of Lennon, whose gesticulations to Rangers fans after his team’s equaliser at Ibrox last week have been heavily scrutinised over the last five days. “Listen, I got sent off against Motherwell for giving the fans the finger [last season],” he said. “I know you shouldn’t react but you should have heard the things they were shouting at me. They give you abuse the full game and then when you do something back to them, you’d think you’d murdered somebody the way some people go on. I’ve got every sympathy with Neil. I love the guy. I love his antics on the touchline and I love how he played the game. I think if he stays at Hibs for a while, they can do big things under him. He was a winner at Celtic and, wherever he goes, it seems like he doesn’t accept second best. That’s the mentality you need at a big club like Hibs.”

MacKinnon knows it will take a monumental effort to knock Lennon’s team out of their early-season stride on Saturday. “It’s going to be a big ask for us to get anything out of the game,” he said. “We’ll need to tighten up defensively because even though we won 3-0 Saturday, Dundee had a few chances. If it’s the Hibs boys going through on goal, I don’t think they’ll let us off the hook the way Dundee did. If we concede an early goal, it’ll be a long day. We’ll go and pass the ball and get in their faces. We know it’ll be a tough game but we won’t fear going there. We’ve got good players as well and we feel we’re capable of getting something.”

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Marvin Bartley could return to Hibs’ squad for Saturday’s match at home to Hamilton Accies.

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The midfielder has missed the Betfred Cup win over Ayr United and last weekend’s victory away to Rangers with a dead leg after being forced off early in the second half of the Premiership opener against Partick Thistle following a collision with team-mate Steven Whittaker.

Hibs hope to welcome Bartley back to full training on Friday, and if he comes through unscathed, he will be in contention for a place in the side to face Accies. With Vykintas Slivka proving an able deputy at Ibrox, there is no pressure on Neil Lennon to rush the 31-year-old Englishman back into action unless he is fully fit.

Martin Boyle, who also missed the win over Rangers, has no chance of featuring on Saturday, with the forward sidelined until next month by an ankle injury.

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As recently as 18 months ago, new Hibs loan signing Brandon Barker sat on the Manchester City substitutes’ bench alongside stellar names like Alex Kolarov, Raheem Sterling, Pablo Zabaleta and Fernando for a Premier League game away to Sunderland. The young winger was the only Mancunian and one of only three Englishmen – full internationalists Joe Hart and Sterling were the others – in Manuel Pellegrini’s matchday squad that night.

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Earlier in the 2015/16 season, Barker, fresh from signing a bumper five-year contract at the start of the campaign, was on the bench for three of City’s Champions League group stage games – away to Borussia Moenchengladbach and both home and away to Sevilla. Although his only taste of first-team action thus far for his parent club came in a 33-minute substitute outing in a 5-1 FA Cup defeat away to Chelsea in February last year, the 20-year-old has already got closer than most of the talented youngsters in City’s academy to making the increasingly-formidable leap into the first-team fold.

“There are a lot of good players at Man City but he was definitely seen as the standout in the academy,” said James Horsfield, who came through the ranks with Barker at City and then spent part of last season on loan at Dutch club NAC Breda with him last season. “City gave him a five-year contract and he was on the bench about 12 or 13 times under Pellegrini, which is very rare for an academy boy at City. I really thought he was going to be the one to push through to the first team. He was flying at the time, probably the best prospect in the whole academy. He was very highly regarded.

“A lot of people were recognising him and he was becoming well known around Manchester. A young Manchester lad getting on the bench quite a lot – people had seen videos of him on Youtube and stuff like that and were excited for him. He was doing really well on the left wing and scoring a lot of goals in the reserves under Patrick Vieira. If he got a proper chance in the first team, I think he’d have done really well, but it just didn’t quite happen for him, in terms of bad luck and bad timing.”

Pellegrini’s departure last summer didn’t help Barker in his quest to make the breakthrough, particularly as his replacement, Pep Guardiola, subsequently declared a reluctance to turn to City’s academy players because he felt the development leagues in which they were playing did not adequately prepare them for the demands of being in the first team at one of the country’s elite clubs. The England Under-19 internationalist was duly farmed out to NAC Breda last season, along with Horsfield and current Hearts loanee Ashley Smith-Brown. Barker scored twice in 23 appearances – 16 from the start – as Breda secured promotion to Eredivisie, although his quality only shone through in glimpses.

“He had a few little injury problems in Holland and just couldn’t quite find his rhythm over here, but the fans could still see he had quality,” explained Horsfield, who has just signed permanently for Breda after leaving City this summer. “I remember sitting with Brandon in Holland, and a Breda fan came up to him and said ‘if you get yourself fit, you could be the next Arjen Robben’, so that gives you an idea of the standard of player we’re talking about.

“He’s technically very good, very skilful and very quick. If you asked him, he’d probably like to play in the No. 10 position, but he’s very effective on the wing. He’s right-footed but he tends to play on the left and cut in. He’s absolutely rapid, so he’s pretty hard to defend against. If he gets a run of games, he’ll get a lot of assists and a lot of goals. He just needs to play regular first-team football. He’s a very good player.”

Hibs today confirmed Barker’s arrival on a season-long loan. Horsfield is in no doubt that his boyhood friend – who is contracted to City until 2020 – can take the Scottish Premiership by storm if he is able to get a run of games under Neil Lennon. Barker will encounter some familiar faces from City’s academy during his time in Scotland, with Ellis Plummer (Motherwell), Smith-Brown (Hearts), Olivier Ntcham and, possibly, Patrick Roberts (both Celtic) heading north in search of regular game time.

“I think he’ll do very well in Scotland,” said the 21-year-old, also from Manchester. “I don’t see why he can’t go there and be regarded as one of the best players in the league because he’s definitely got it in his locker. If he can do well up there, it could open a lot of doors for him.

“When you’re at a club like Man City and you get to a certain age, you need to get out and get regular game time. You find that a lot of 18/19-year-olds are getting game time at League One and League Two clubs and they end up getting the big moves when they’re about 22/23, so the boys at City can end up falling behind them even though they’ve got loads of talent.

“At City, you find you’re having to go to places like Scotland and Holland to get top-level experience because in England, it’s only really League One and lower where they’re taking a chance on young lads. When you get to 20/21, it’s all about playing regular football, getting experience under your belt and getting noticed. Brandon’s 20 years old and he’s had a couple of loan spells at Rotherham and Breda, so it’ll be good for him to get up to Scotland and get more game time. If he gets a full injury-free season, you’ll see the best of him.

“He wants to prove to everyone how good a player he is. Once it clicks, people will be like ‘wow’. There’s a lot to come from him. I don’t think we’ve even seen half of what he can do yet. If it clicks for him at Hibs, I’m pretty confident that you’ll look back on this conversation and think, ‘yeah, that guy was right about him’.”

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Hibs are closing in on the loan signing of Manchester City’s highly-rated winger Brandon Barker.

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The 20-year-old is expected to join the Easter Road club on a season-long loan from the English Premier League outfit, with Barker due to arrive in the Capital within the next 24 hours for further talks and a medical.

Barker has made one appearance for City in a 5-1 FA Cup defeat by Chelsea in 2016 and spent last season on loan at Dutch club NAC Breda, where he won promotion to the Eredivisie. Barker also had a loan spell at Rotherham in season 2015/16.

The Manchester-born winger is well-regarded by youth academy coaches at the Etihad Stadium due to his pace and trickery and plays predominantly on the left-hand side.

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Hibs midfielder Scott Martin is set to be loaned out in order to accelerate his development.

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The 20-year-old, whose contract at Easter Road expires next summer, has been on the fringes of the first team for the last few years but has so far been unable to get the sustained run he craves.

Martin is highly regarded by manager Neil Lennon but is currently behind John McGinn, Marvin Bartley, Dylan McGeouch and Vykintas Slivka in the battle for a place in Hibs’ engine room.

The homegrown youngster, who made five starts last season and played in last night’s Irn-Bru Cup defeat by Elgin for Hibs Colts, hasn’t featured in the 18-man match-day squad for any of his team’s last four games since coming on as a substitute in the 6-1 Betfred Cup win over Arbroath three weeks ago and will be allowed to go out on loan to get the game time he requires.

Martin, who made his Hibs debut as a 17-year-old under Alan Stubbs in December 2014, previously had a loan spell with Forfar Athletic two seasons ago in which he made 26 starts in League One.

Hibs currently have Sam Stanton, Callum Crane, Kevin Waugh, Callum Donaldson and Ben Stirling out on loan.

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Amid the laughable furore which erupted following his pantomime villain antics at Ibrox on Saturday, Neil Lennon has largely been denied the praise that should have been coming his way following the latest step in his renaissance as a manager of genuine substance in Scottish football.

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The 3-2 victory over Rangers – the landmark result of a 14-month reign at Hibs which hasn’t always been smooth – served to emphatically quell any lingering doubts about the Northern Irishman’s suitability to lead the Easter Road side on their return to the Premiership.

Since leaving Celtic in the wake of guiding them to a third consecutive league title in 2014, Lennon’s stock level has taken a dip. An ill-fated 17-month spell at Bolton Wanderers, in which he struggled amid crippling restraints, meant Lennon was entering what was widely viewed as a make-or-break phase of his career when he decided to drop down to Scotland’s second tier to replace Hibs’ revered Scottish Cup-winning manager Alan Stubbs in June last year.

Although the appointment of such a decorated modern Scottish football icon was almost unanimously welcomed among the Hibs support, there remained legitimate questions about whether or not he could flourish without the type of monetary advantage over rival clubs he enjoyed in his four years as Celtic manager.

Those concerns weren’t exactly dispelled in his first season at Easter Road as Hibs made heavier weather than many supporters had expected in securing promotion from a Scottish Championship bereft of any credible threat. A five-game winless run last autumn had the doubters out in force, while a run of just two wins in ten league games prior to clinching the title in mid-April again had sections of the support questioning the manager. Public rants about his players, notably after a draw at Raith Rovers in February and the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Aberdeen in April, allied to the infamous bust-up with Jim Duffy near the end of a goalless draw with Morton in March helped paint a picture – to the outside world, at least – of an exasperated manager who wasn’t particularly enjoying operating with a team unable to produce the level of consistency he craved and had taken as a given during his time at Celtic.

Lennon and Hibs didn’t always look a perfect fit in his first year, with some feeling he was too big a character for the job. For the Northern Irishman, however, that rocky year in the Championship was effectively a means to an end. Getting out of it and back into a position where he could once more make his presence felt at Scottish football’s top end was the be all and end all; how he achieved it, in the grand scheme, didn’t really matter. Ultimately he did what he was hired to do, and also presided over a memorable away win over Brondby in the Europa League and a spirited defence of the Scottish Cup. Big decisions like dropping top scorer Jason Cummings, relying heavily on veteran target man Grant Holt and utilising a more direct style were vindicated.

Having achieved his key objective of promotion, however, a period of temporary deflation returned to Hibs’ support shortly after the likes of Cummings, James Keatings, Holt and Fraser Fyvie had moved on and Hibs had missed out on a couple of targets like Kyle Lafferty and Luke Berry. As recently as early last month, Lennon’s squad was looking short of the required quality, to the point where some supporters were speculating that the manager might be so concerned by the state of play that he would be ready to quit.

Over the past month, however, the mood has improved markedly, with four full internationalists recruited in the shape of Steven Whittaker, Anthony Stokes, Vykintas Slivka and Deivydas Matulevicius. Three of them started in the win over Rangers on Saturday as Hibs maintained their sure-footed start to a season which is now promising a great deal. It speaks volumes about Lennon’s recruitment this summer that his least-heralded and most-maligned signing – Simon Murray – has turned out to be the star man of the fledgling Scottish football season thus far.

Lennon knows what is required to prosper in Scotland’s top flight. Among his signings, there is a good mix of experience, international pedigree, energy, creativity, physicality and familiarity with both the club and the league. Like Aberdeen, Hibs have lost some key men over the summer and still managed to end up starting the current campaign in a seemingly stronger state, which is testament to the manager’s ability to attract players of repute.

In his quest to upgrade, Lennon has also been careful not to dent the momentum or dilute the spirit that has been building in the Hibs squad over the last few years, with no less than ten players who featured prominently under Stubbs two seasons ago still heavily involved. Indeed, six of the Scottish Cup-winning team started at Ibrox on Saturday.

On paper, Lennon has assembled a balanced squad which looks – in terms of quality and suitability for the Scottish Premiership – the equal of anything outwith Celtic. In leading his steadily-evolving team to their deserved victory away to Rangers – the pre-season favourites for second place – he has punctured any air of optimism which may have been building inside Ibrox, while simultaneously adding to the positive vibe around his own club.

Upon scanning their upcoming fixtures, it doesn’t appear beyond possibility that Hibs could win each of their next six matches in the league and Betfred Cup before Lennon takes his team to Celtic Park on the last day of September. Even that match, against Brendan Rodgers’ domestic Invincibles, doesn’t look insurmountable for a team coursing with confidence and led by a man on a mission to reassert himself as one of the big dogs of Scottish football.

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Hibs Colts are out of the Irn-Bru Cup at the first time of asking after a 2-1 defeat to SPFL League 2 side Elgin City at Ainslie Park.

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Grant Murray’s youngsters were the better team over the course of the 90 minutes, but lacked a cutting edge in the final third. The visitors, meanwhile, took their opportunities when they arrived and can now look forward to Thursday afternoon’s second-round draw.

Elgin had taken a first-half lead through a Chris McLeish header before Fraser Murray’s superb free-kick restored parity just minutes into the second half. But a Stephen Bronsky header with just a minute to spare snatched victory for City.

The hosts included Lithuanian striker Deivydas Matulevicius in the starting line-up with Murray, Oli Shaw and Ryan Porteous the other notable inclusions.

Indeed, it was 18-year-old Porteous, who has starred in some of Hibs’ Betfred Cup group matches this season, that donned the captain’s armband.

The youthfulness of both sides ensured it was a high-tempo opening. Shaw showed good strength to break free from midway inside the Elgin half as he bore down on goal. However, his strike from distance left a lot to be desired as it cleared the supporting net behind Mark Waters’ goal landing in a local resident’s back garden.

The visitors posed their first threat after a quarter of an hour. Jamie Reid collected a pass 20 yards from goal and with some neat trickery he created space for a 20-yard effort that flew past Polish goalkeeper Maciej Dabrowski’s right-hand post.

It was the League 2 club that edged in front from their next venture forward. A corner from the right was played into the path of Jon-Paul McGovern, who had gone completely unnoticed by the Hibs defence, and from his flighted cross Chris McLeish was on hand to power home a header from inside the six-yard box.

Hibs responded, though, and Matulevicius used his aerial threat to reach Callum Donaldson’s cross, only for his measured header come back off the crossbar.

However, Chris Dood went close to doubling the Borough Briggs side’s lead just before the interval, but dragged his shot wide before McLeish was denied by a fine Porteous block after Dabrowski had been beaten to the ball by the Elgin forward.

Hibs, though, were level three minutes after the restart. Matulevicius, who had his back to goal, was clattered by Darryl McHardy and up stepped teenager Murray to bend his shot away from the diving Waters and into the net from 20 yards.

McGovern then drew a decent stop from Dabrowski as the Morayshire side went in search of a quick response before, at the other end, Shaw failed to direct a Matulevicius cross on target.

Despite Elgin having lost five of their six competitive matches so far this term, Jim Weir’s part-timers were accomplished in the final third.

A fantastic run by Hibs’ Adam Watson down the right almost paved the way for Murray’s second of the night, but this time his effort grazed the side netting having let fly with his left foot.

The hosts had strong appeals for a penalty turned away by referee Alan Newlands when the ball appeared to strike McHardy’s left arm with little more than ten minutes 
remaining.

The visitors now seemed content to try their luck in a penalty shootout but continued to press forward on the counter. And, their efforts were rewarded in the final minute when Thomas Reilly’s corner was met by Bronsky at the back post and his looping header went over the outstretched arms of Dabrowski and into the far corner.

Hibs Colts manager Grant Murray said: “The scoreboard doesn’t lie so it’s disappointing. It’s not like us to lose two goals from two set-plays. We had a lot of ball in the second half and I thought that Adam Watson and Fraser Murray were excellent, but we just couldn’t get that second goal.

“The guys have got more minutes under the belt so we’ll need to go again next week with the start of the league campaign.”

Hibs Colts: Dabrowski, Donaldson, Mackie, Porteous, Waugh, Stirling, Watson, Martin, Matulevicius, Shaw, Murray. Subs: Martin, O’Connor, Gullan, Paton, Gallantes.

Elgin City: Waters, Eadie, Smith, McHardy, Bronsky, McGovern, Reid (Ferguson 81), Cameron, McLeish (Allan 64), Reilly, Dood (Sutherland 75). Subs: Dear, McKinnon.

Referee: Alan Newlands.

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Police are appealing for witnesses after the theft of football tops from the Hibernian shop in Leith.

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Replica Hibernian football tops – nine home and nine away jerseys – to the value of a three-figure sum were stolen.

The incident happened around 3pm on Friday August 11 when a man walked out of the Albion Place store without paying for the merchandise.

He made his getaway in a black metallic Renault driven by a woman.

The car hit another car, a dark grey Renault Clio, as it pulled away but failed to stop.

Sergeant David Wright of Leith police station said: “This was a high-value shop-lifting in broad daylight with the suspects also involved in a hit-and-run collision as they made their get-away.

“Thankfully no-one was injured but the occupants of the car were understandably shaken.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed either incident or who has information that can assist us in our investigation.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 101 quoting incident number 2188 of the 11th August.”

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Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon won’t face any police action over his behaviour at Ibrox last weekend.

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Lennon’s goal celebrations sparked fury among sections of the Rangers support as Hibs defeated the Ibrox side 3-2 in a re-run of the 2016 Scottish Cup final.

An already tempestuous encounter was further intensified when Lennon celebrated Simon Murray’s equaliser by turning to the home fans in the main stand, cupping his ears and making a fist-pumping gesture.

One Rangers supporters group, Club 1872, issued a statement calling on police to take action against the former Celtic boss while other fans made complaints to officers in the aftermath of the match.

A bullish Lennon remained defiant, insisting: “You are looking for things that aren’t there. I didn’t make a gesture, I celebrated a goal, if they are unhappy with that they can see me. But I shouldn’t get into trouble for that.

“I’m celebrating a goal, so what way are you supposed to celebrate a goal? If I pick my nose somebody will find something to criticise me for. I’m celebrating a goal – so that’s the end of it.”

And the Scottish Sun is reporting that police will take no action after no criminality was found following talks with prosecutors about the incident.

A spokesperson for the police said: “Following complaints received relating to events at the Rangers v Hibernian match and after talks with the procurator fiscal, it has been established that no criminality took place and therefore no further action will be taken.”

Police are still probing online death threats aimed at Lennon posted on social media in the aftermath of the Scottish Premiership match, while Scottish FA compliance officer Tony McGlennan is still to examine footage of Lennon’s behaviour before making a decision on whether further action will be taken.

READ MORE - Hibs keep composure at Ibrox as Neil Lennon succumbs to emotion

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Hibs boss Neil Lennon will have to wait until the end of the week to find out if he is to face a touchline ban for his celebrations at Ibrox on Saturday.

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READ MORE - Neil Lennon death threats ‘probed by police’

The Northern Irishman celebrated Simon Murray’s equalising goal by turning to the Ibrox Main Stand and celebrating by pumping his arms and cupping his ears.

The actions were condemned on Sunday by leading Rangers fan group Club 1872, who hold the second largest shareholding in the club. The group issued a statement criticising Lennon’s behaviour and his attempts to “incite trouble”.

Police Scotland received complaints over Lennon’s conduct during his side’s 3-2 victory.

It has been confirmed that SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan will look into the 46-year-old behaviour with the SPFL to review delegate Tim Love’s report this week.

If found guilty, Lennon could be hit with a significant ban following the incident with Greenock Morton boss Jim Duffy last season. He currently has a two-game suspended ban hanging over him.

It has also been confirmed that Police Scotland are looking into threatening comments made about Neil Lennon on social media.

Anthony Stokes may also face a ban if Mr McGlennan decides disciplinary action against the forward for his role in Saturday’s controversies. He will lodge any charges by 3pm on Tuesday.

READ MORE - Police probe Neil Lennon goal celebrations at Ibrox

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POLICE have launched an investigation after Hibernian manager Neil Lennon was subjected to a series of death threats posted on social media in the aftermath of the Hibees’ 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.

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Trolls claimed they were going to “shoot and kill” the Easter Road boss while also plotting to “ambush” Lennon in a series of posts on Facebook.

The comments, which also featured numerous sectarian jibes, included one stating that “somebody needs to shoot” Lennon, while another urged “someone give me a weapon”.

Police Scotland officers in Glasgow are now said to be “urgently” investigating the matter.

A spokesman said: “Police Scotland are aware of offensive and threatening comments posted on social media concerning a named individual.”

“Inquiries are currently ongoing into this incident.”

Senior figures at Hibs are said to be aware of the posts and are examining them.

Both the SFA and SPFL did not respond when asked for comment.

Lennon has previously been the target of several safety threats, including being forced to pull out of a Northern Ireland match against Cyprus following death threats from paramilitaries.

In 2011, Royal Mail officers intercepted packages containing bullets sent to Lennon and then-Celtic players Niall McGinn and Paddy McCourt, while in 2012, parcel bombs were addressed to Lennon and two prominent Celtic supporters.

He has also been the subject of threats on Twitter, and was sent a tweet in 2013 reading: “I’ve got a bullet with your name on it.”

The threats came just hours after police also confirmed they had launched a probe into Lennon’s goal celebrations during the match following a number of complaints from Rangers fans.

Authorities received around 30 accusations that Lennon gestured towards the home fans after Hibs’ first goal at Ibrox.

A statement from Rangers fan group Club 1872 claimed Lennon deliberately “attempted to incite trouble,” adding: “Mr Lennon’s actions in the dugout on Saturday – where he made various inflammatory gestures to the supporters sitting directly behind the Hibernian dugout – were not becoming of any football manager, never mind one who likes to play the victim when things do not go his way.”

The statement continued: “Police categorised this match as high risk due to the behaviour of Hibernian supporters at the Scottish Cup final in 2016 when Rangers players were attacked on the pitch.

“Neil Lennon knew that and had a responsibility to act in an appropriate manner, but he shirked that responsibility.”

However Lennon denied the claims post-match, adding: “I’m celebrating a goal, so what way are you supposed to celebrate? If I pick my nose somebody will find something to criticise me for.”

“I’m celebrating a goal, so that’s the end of it.”

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Vykintas Slivka left Ibrox delighted to have scored his first goal for Hibs but convinced he should have been celebrating a glory double in the 3-2 win over Rangers.

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The rangy midfielder marked his first start in green and white with what proved to be the winning goal, a stunning strike from 25 yards which left Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham helpless.

But the 22-year-old insisted he shouldn’t have been left waiting until the 65th minute for his moment to remember, adamant a first-half effort didn’t need the intervention of James Tavernier to leave Foderingham desperately trying to claw it out of his net.

“I thought it was going in before it hit the defender,” he said. “So, he’s taken it from me although, obviously, I was happy to see it end up in the net even if it went down as an own goal.”

Hibs’ scoring sensation Simon Murray had already cancelled out a second-minute opener from Alfredo Morelos with his tenth goal of the season and by that point the home side had been reduced to ten men, referee John Beaton showing Ryan Jack a straight red card for allegedly butting Anthony Stokes. It was one of a number of flashpoints during an ill-tempered clash and one sparked by Slivka’s challenge on Graham Dorrans.

Slivka admitted: “It was a foul, but nothing more than that. I was a little bit surprised at what developed after it but I suppose emotions were running high. As for the red card itself, that’s a decision only for the referee to make.”

Hibs made the most of their numerical advantage, bossing the game for much of the second half with Slivka’s goal appearing to put them out of reach.

But a Tavernier header ten minutes from time put a different complexion on proceedings although Slivka believed he and his team-mates were never in danger of letting the points slip from their grasp.

He said: “I don’t think we became nervous. We knew what we had to do, we were totally in control and used our experience to see the game out.”

Slivka insisted he hadn’t been fazed by the febrile atmosphere inside Ibrox, pointing out that he’s been capped 19 times by his country, including facing England at Wembley in the current round of World Cup qualifying matches.

“I had been told what to expect by the rest of the boys,” he revealed, “But I think you have to experience it for yourself. It was hostile, the Rangers fans were very noisy, very vocal but you just have to concentrate on playing football.

“Perhaps you hear it in those first few minutes but you try to forget about the crowd. It’s difficult, but you get used to it and it just becomes background noise.”

Slivka admitted, however, that in a torrid opening 15 minutes, Neil Lennon’s players could have found themselves finished as former Hibs striker Kenny Miller saw one effort drift inches wide and another come back off the post.

He said: “When they scored so early you kind of think this could be a day to forget. But you have to be strong, to keep going. Rangers started very well but it is not possible to keep playing at that pace.

“It was a case of making sure we didn’t lose another goal. We have a saying in Lithuania that you have to ‘climb over yourself’, to keep going even when it is painful and I think the character of the team was important at that point.

“We got ourselves into the game and then Simon scored that fantastic goal. The way things are at the moment with him you almost expect him to score in every game. And, after that, I thought we played very well.”

As you would expect, the away dressing-room at Ibrox was buzzing afterwards but, insisted Slivka, feet were very quickly back on the ground, the game being only the second in a 38-match Premiership season.

He said: “We had gone to Glasgow believing we could win so we were very happy. You have to celebrate the moment and enjoy it but the championship is a long run.

“We have a game against Hamilton this Saturday now and it becomes the most important one and the three points it carries are just as important as those we won at Ibrox.

“The training ground at East Mains was a very happy place yesterday but the big enjoyment is knowing we made our supporters happy.”

And Slivka learned very quickly at first hand just how much it meant to the HIbs fans.

He said: “I’ve had a few fans recognise me in the street as I’ve walked around the city enjoying the Festival and they’ve stopped me and asked for a selfie and an autograph.

“But since Saturday I’ve had a few come up to congratulate me on my goal and to tell me how happy they were with the win against Rangers.

“Like them I was delighted. It was nice to score the winner, but I was happier with the three points for my team-mates.”

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