{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"hibs","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-could-move-for-kris-commons-in-a-couple-of-months-1-4511949","id":"1.4511949","articleHeadline": "Hibs could move for Kris Commons ... in a couple of months","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1500874220000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs boss Neil Lennon has revealed it will be months before he can even consider offering veteran midfielder Kris Commons a permanent contract at Easter Road.

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The 34-year-old former Celtic and Scotland star enjoyed a short but successful spell with the Edinburgh side midway through last season, arriving on an emergency loan to ease an injury crisis and score winning goals against Falkirk and Dumbarton to help keep Hibs on track for the Championship title.

Commons, who is now a free agent after six-and-a-half years in Glasgow, has admitted he would sign for Hibs and Lennon revealed he’d been in contact with the player who he brought north from Derby County. But Commons has undergone surgery to cure a back problem which, he said had given him “12 months of hell with four epidurals”.

And Lennon insisted that means any contract talk will have to be put on hold until Commons is fit, the player himself having said: “I really enjoyed my time at Hibs. If my back’s okay then, certainly, I’ll give it a go.”

Lennon said: “I spoke to Kris at the end of last season but I knew he was needing back surgery and we do not know what length of time he is going to be.

“We have offered to help him with his rehabilitation and then look at him when he is fit. But we are talking about a couple of months before that can happen. I’ve said to him to come and get some work done at East Mains so we’ll keep that option open.”

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Steven Whittaker believes all Hibs lacked as they lost out in a Betfred Cup penalty shoot-out against Ross County was a killer instinct.

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The result leaves the Easter Road outfit trailing the Staggies by four points in Group D of the competition and, should Jim McIntyre’s side beat Arbroath in their final game, they will top the group even if Hibs win their last two matches.

Such a scenario would leave the Capital club hoping to make it through to the next round by finishing as one of the best runners-up in the group stage but, the disappointment of the result in Dingwall apart, Whittaker insisted Hibs look in good shape ahead of their return to the Premiership.

The 33-year-old was given the full 90 minutes against County just six days after returning to Edinburgh and he liked what he saw.

He said: “I think we did well. We controlled a lot of the ball but just missed that killer instinct, that final pass. We just need to take a little bit more care but we got a lot of shots away in the first half and their goalkeeper [Scott Fox] made a couple of good saves where on another day they might have gone in.

“And right at the death, Martin Boyle was through one-on-one and the goalie made a good save and then Darren McGregor saw a header come off the bar. On another day we might have won but we are creating chances, we just need to be a bit more clinical.”

Whittaker welcomed the return to action after falling out of favour at Norwich, Friday night’s match his first since April when he was drafted in to play by the Canaries only because of suspension.

He said: “It was great to get my first game in a while, I feel good. I enjoy playing with the boys and the training. We’re looking good, we look fit but it is a matter of progression at this stage. We have to keep going and hopefully we get better and better.”

Many saw the trip up the A9 as a chance for Hibs to assess where they stand as they prepare to return to the top flight after a three-year absence, County having finished last season in seventh place.

But Whittaker said: “I suppose you can kind of use it as a gauge, but you do not know how fit or how well Ross County are at this stage of the season either. It was a cup game but it’s still pre-season so you don’t want to look too much into it.

“We were happy with our performance. We moved the ball well but you want the result as well and we were disappointed not to win it in the ninety minutes.”

Whittaker became boss Neil Lennon’s fifth signing of the summer, his arrival quickly followed by Lithuanian striker Deivydas Matulevicius with his countryman Vykintas Silvka jetting into Scotland at the weekend to discuss joining. Anthony Stokes, meanwhile, has negotiated his release from Blackburn Rovers and is considering a “firm offer” from the Capital outfit.

He knows Stokes well from having played against him and said: “Anthony would probably add that little bit of quality, he’s a player that can change games in a second. He’d definitely add to the squad and give us more options at the top end of the park. It would be nice to have those options.”

County won the penalty shoot-out 4-3 which followed the no-scoring draw, Whittaker stepping up first only for Fox to save his effort as he did 
with Hibs’ final spot-kick from teenager Oli Shaw.

However, Whittaker has no worries about volunteering should there be a penalty shoot-out in future, saying: “I’ve hit some big penalties back in the day. I feel quite comfortable in that situation.

“I missed but the best players in the world miss penalties. If there’s another shoot-out I will step up to it. Obviously, it’s always disappointing when you miss but it takes courage in the first place to step up.

“Oli will grow from that experience. He’s young, he’ll learn. He’s a good player with a good future ahead and he’ll get stronger from that.”

• Central defender Paul Hanlon made his return from injury yesterday, playing an hour as a Hibs XI faced Selkirk for the Bobby Johnstone Memorial Cup at Yarrow Park. The match finished 0-0 with the Lowland League outfit winning 4-3 on penalties.

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Friday’s performance at Ross County added to my belief that Hibs are shaping up well this summer.

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I thought we performed really well away against one of our Premiership rivals and could have won quite comfortably if we had taken our chances.

We still need a wee bit of work on our attack and I’m sure a couple of new arrivals will make a difference in that department but there were certainly more positives than negatives.

Steven Whittaker looks like he’s fitted in no problem. He’s played at this level before and he knows what the club is all about so he should be a good signing for us. The same can be said of Anthony Stokes if we can get that one over the line.

Quality like Stokes is hard for a club like Hibs to acquire. He’s shown in the past that he’s comfortable playing for the club. Although he took a while to get going the last time he was here and struggled in some Championship games, I wouldn’t judge him on that because he was clearly miles short of fitness. He needed games to get his sharpness back and we saw the real Anthony Stokes in the Scottish Cup final when he’d had a good few months to get up to speed. He’s a big-game player and it’ll suit him well playing in the Premiership under Neil Lennon.

The arrival of the Lithuanian striker Deivydas Matulevicius just adds to the feeling that we’re going to be a really strong team who won’t get brushed aside by anyone. He looks like he’ll play as a target man, who we can hit when we need to get further up the pitch.

We’ve already got loads of physicality and experience in the defensive and midfield areas and we look a really strong unit. Teams are going to have to work hard to play against Hibs this year because we’ve got a lot of presence about us. We’ve been a bit lightweight at times in the past, but this team doesn’t look like they’ll get bullied.

People used to say Hearts were big and physical but they also had good players in there as well. Hibs will be the same because we’ve still got plenty in the squad who can play. It’s important to have that blend of strength and creativity, and I’m sure that’s the way Neil sees it.

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Edgaras Jankauskas, the Lithuania national team coach, would ordinarily favour a trip to Tynecastle if travelling to Edinburgh. The highly-regarded former Hearts striker could find, however, that Easter Road is about to become his Capital venue of choice in the upcoming season as Hibs bid to increase their contingent of current Lithuania internationalists to two.

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The robust 6ft 3in target man Deivydas Matulevicius was last week recruited on a two-year contract. And Neil Lennon has been busy over the past couple of days trying to convince the highly-regarded 22-year-old midfielder, Vykintas Slivka, to follow his countryman to Scotland.

Matulevicius has won 33 caps and remains a prominent member of Jankauskas’s squad, featuring in all three of his country’s matches this calendar year. Ernestas Setkus, Lithuania’s first-choice goalkeeper, is in no doubt about his compatriot’s qualities. “I think it’s a good choice for Hibs to sign Deivydas because he is tall and very strong and will adapt very quickly to Scottish football,” said Setkus, who has been in touch with Matulevicius to congratulate him on his move to Hibs. “He wins the duels and holds the ball up. He has a lot of experience. He has played in good teams in Romania and recently in the top league in Belgium. As far as I know the team in Belgium [Royal Mouscron] wanted to keep him but they couldn’t find agreement.

“He does not play in the starting XI for the national team but that is only because the coach prefers a more flexible striker who can dribble the ball to start games. Deivydas is more of a target man and he comes on as a sub in every game, but if we played with two strikers, he would definitely be in the starting XI. He still plays a big role for the national team, in the last game against Slovakia he was very active and very positive in the game.”

Slivka is viewed as one of Lithuania’s brightest prospects after spending the past four years on the books of Juventus. Although he hasn’t played for the Turin giant, he has enjoyed first-team experience during loan stints in Slovenia, Holland and Italy’s Serie B, while also winning 17 caps over the last two years and establishing himself as one of his country’s key players. The all-action 6ft 2in midfielder has started all six of Lithuania’s World Cup qualifiers over the past year, scoring in their opening match against Slovenia and setting up their goal in the 1-1 draw with Scotland at Hampden in October.

“Vykintas is a very promising guy,” said Setkus. “He played very well against Scotland at Hampden. He is a good prospect. He can play as a defensive midfielder or as an attacking midfielder. He has a good combination of everything. He has good stamina and is strong but also he is very flexible and good with the ball. He is a very creative player, who makes lots of assists.

“He is also very tall and can play in the air, but I wouldn’t say aerial duels is the strongest point of his game. He scored a very nice goal against Slovenia and has had chances in other games. He can shoot from long distance and get in the box to finish attacks. He’s an unpredictable player.

“He made his debut for the national team very young and now he is playing every game. For his age, he has a lot of experience. He did some training with the first team of Juventus so he has seen how the best players in the world train. He is still young but he is a very interesting player who can develop into a very good player.”

Setkus, who was the subject of interest from Hearts and Kilmarnock in the past, is confident his compatriots will flourish in Scotland. “Both boys can play but football is unpredictable and many good players find it hard to adapt at a new team,” he said. “A lot depends on how they adapt to a new place and the tactics of the team, but I don’t see any reason why they cannot play well in Hibernian. It will be good for the two guys to have each other there if Vykintas decides to sign. That will help them adapt faster. They are both good guys. They are team players, no question about that.”

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Hibs had made an early impact on the continent when, in 1955, they received the honour of being the first Scottish side to play in the European Cup.

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Ten years on and with Celtic’s 1967 triumph just around the corner, Hibs were playing Europe’s big guns in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. These pennants were presented by their opponents in three different fixtures over ten years when Easter Road hosted Valencia in 1965, then Hamburg in 1968, and finally Juventus in 1974.

The first of these three matches saw Hibs beat Valencia 2-0 at home thanks to goals from John McNamee and Jim Scott and, despite going down 2-0 in Valencia and then losing the replay 3-0, the victory remains a great memory for many fans. Three years later and Hibs were much stronger, beating Olimpija Ljubljana and Lokomotiv Leipzig on their way to the third-round tie against Hamburg. Again. the Edinburgh side were unlucky, winning 2-1 at Easter Road after a Joe McBride brace before a 1-0 defeat in Germany sent Hibs out on away goals.

Juventus were the next to provide one of these pennants but this time in the rebranded UEFA Cup. Hibs had thrashed Rosenborg 12-3 to set up a meeting with the Italian giants but were unable to stop a rampant Juventus side, who won 8-2 on aggregate, the Hibees losing 4-2 at Easter Road.

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Neil Lennon has put a substantial £4-5 million price tag on Hibs midfielder John McGinn to ward off any interest in the player.

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The 22-year-old was subject to a reported £1 million bid from Ipswich Town earlier in the summer, while Celtic were also credited with an interest.

However, speaking to BT Sport ahead of the club’s 0-0 draw with Ross County in the Betfred Cup on Friday night, Lennon categorically stated that the McGinn is not available.

“I can’t guarantee it but he’s not for sale,” he said. “It’s going to take a huge bid from any club to take John away from us, £4-5 million. He’s still got a bit to do but already he is a quality player. He’s a Scottish international.”

The Hibs boss used the example of the fees paid in England for players who have little top-level experience in the hope it will either scare suitors off or result in a substantial windfall for the Easter Road side.

“There’s a market out there,” Lennon explained, “we all know the market. We sit on the border of England where people like Britt Assombalonga are going for £15 million from Nottingham Forest to Middlesbrough without playing in the top league.

“I have got a proven international who is 22. He’s not even anywhere near his peak yet but we already know what a good all-round player he is. He’s one of the best players in Scotland for his age.”

Lennon noted that McGinn is still a raw talent and has facets of his play which need improvement, but the potential is for one of the best the country has to offer.

“He’s got a bit to do,” he said. “There’s time where he can be inconsistent with the ball, he’s got a great array of passing, he’s very strong for his age, he’s got a stellar left-foot, he’s got goals from midfield.

“He’s got a very, very good engine, box-to-box. When he’s in the mood he is a match for anyone in the country.”

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The Famous Five were never more potent than in the early 1950s when Hibs won two titles on the bounce and were denied a third in 1953 when a final-day draw for Rangers gave the Ibrox team the title on goal difference.

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This quaich was presented to the club to celebrate the 1951/52 title victory which remains the last time Hibs finished top of the pile in the top division of Scottish football.

That unmatched combination of Eddie Turnbull, Willie Ormond, Gordon Smith, Bobby Johnstone and Lawrie Reilly tore through the league, scoring an incredible 92 goals over the whole season, 14 more than they did in their winning season previous.

Easter Road became a festival of scoring, with four or more Hibs goals coming in nine of the club’s 15 home games.

A 3-1 win over Celtic, a 4-2 win against eventual third-placed East Fife and an extraordinary eight-goal victory against Stirling Albion all graced the Easter Road stage, with Reilly scoring 30 goals in 42 appearances across the season, and Johnstone an incredible 29 in 40 starts. This was Hibs at their very best, and at a level not since matched.

• For information on Easter Road Stadium Tours, contact bmcgoldrick@hibernianfc.co.uk

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Hibs cruised towards a lucrative fourth-round League Cup tie against Celtic, scoring six times inside 29 minutes against newly promoted Motherwell at Easter Road.

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Hibs cruised towards a lucrative fourth-round League Cup tie against Celtic, scoring six times inside 29 minutes against newly-promoted Motherwell at Easter Road.

The chief marksmen in a confidence earning victory were Steve Cowan and Gordon Durie. Durie scored three times and Cowan added two more.

Motherwell took 14 minutes to add to their fine form when Andy Harrow took advantage of a Gordon Hunter slip to shoot accurately behind Alan Rough from 16 yards. But the threat towards the other goal was started after 31 minutes when Joe McBride placed the equaliser past Gardiner.

That started the Hibs goal rush and eight minutes later a Graeme Forbes passback was seized upon by Cowan who took the ball on the drop to put Hibs ahead.

Four minutes from the interval the tie was virtually over when Gordon Durie attacked across the face of the box before finding space enough to shoot fiercely behind Gardiner from 12 yards.

Hibs continued to look lethal in front of goal after the interval and only seven minutes of the half had passed before Cowan shot his second goal after a McBride cross was blocked.

The goals continued to flow unabated and in the 57th minute Durie’s diving header from an Alan Brazil cross was the latest in Hibs’ catalogue.

The Easter Road side, urged on by an appreciative 6000 crowd, made it six on the hour when Durie cut in from the right before dispatching a perfectly struck shot past Gardiner.

Hibs: Rough, Sneddon, Munro, Kane, Fulton, Hunter, Weir, Brazil, Cowan, Durie, McBride

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Hibs 6, Motherwell. August 28, 1985"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4510892.1500653286!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4510892.1500653286!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "SEASON 1984/1985\\nHIBS\\nGordon Durie.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "SEASON 1984/1985\\nHIBS\\nGordon Durie.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4510892.1500653286!/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-to-hold-talks-with-lithuania-midfielder-vykintas-slivka-1-4511150","id":"1.4511150","articleHeadline": "Hibs to hold talks with Lithuania midfielder Vykintas Slivka","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1500674974000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs boss Neil Lennon has revealed he’ll be having talks with Lithuanian international midfielder Vykintas Slivka today while confirming the Easter Road club have made striker Anthony Stokes a firm offer.

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Only 48 hours ago, Lennon snapped up Lithuanian striker Deivydas Matulevicius on a two-year deal and is now set to make his countryman his seventh signing of the summer.

Slivka has been with Italian giants Juventus since 2014 but has been on loan at a number of clubs including Dutch outfit Den Bosch. The 22-year-old midfielder has won 19 caps for his country. Lennon, meantime, insisted the ball was very much in Stokes’ court, the Republic of Ireland player having negotiated his release from Blackburn Rovers. He has been widely touted for a return to Easter Road for a third time but now the decision is his.

Lennon said: “We have made an offer to the player and it’s in his hands at the minute. They may be open to renegotiation but we have made a very firm offer so we will see where that goes.”

Meanwhile, Lennon was delighted with his side’s performance although they lost their Betfred Cup match against Ross County on penalties following a no-scoring draw in Dingwall.

Steven Whittaker and Oli Shaw saw Staggies goalkeeper Scott Fox save their efforts from the spot, County winning 4-3 and topping Group D with eight points to Hibs’ four although the Capital club have two more games to the Highlanders’ one.

Lennon said: “I was delighted. I thought we were superb. Every department functioned, every individual played well. Martin Boyle, Danny Swanson, Dylan McGeouch and John McGinn were outstanding against a Premiership team and that gives me great encouragement going forward.”

Darren McGregor hit the bar with a last-gasp header seconds after Boyle had seen Fox pull off a point-blank save after he’d been put through, leading Lennon to say: “We rained shots on them all night. My goalkeeper didn’t have much to do so it was a dominant performance without the final touch but I am sure that will come.

“Steven Whittaker and 
Efe Ambrose got the full 90 minutes and it will do the rest of them the world of good.

“I thought we outstanding and, first half in particular, I thought some of our football was breathtaking. I got everything I wanted from the game.”

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Hibs’ hopes of winning their Betfred Cup group are hanging in the balance after Neil Lennon’s players lost a dramatic penalty shoot-out in Dingwall.

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After a no-scoring draw in which Hibs defender Darren McGregor saw a header smack back off the crossbar in the dying seconds of four added-on minutes, Ross County picked up a bonus point, winning 4-3 on spot-kicks as Steven Whittaker and Oli Shaw both saw their efforts from 12 yards saved by Staggies goalkeeper Scott Fox.

The outcome leaves County sitting on eight points at the top of Group D, four ahead of the Capital club. County only have one match left, against Arbroath, and Hibs two. But, if the Staggies win their final game, they’ll end up on 11 points while the most Hibs can now get is ten.

A further indication that Hibs boss Neil Lennon is taking the Betfred Cup group section as part of his team’s pre-season preparations came with Whittaker thrown straight into the action only six days after re-joining the club while Efe Ambrose also got a run-out for the first time following the unexpected and unauthorised extension to his summer break.

With two more matches in the competition to come – against Arbroath on Tuesday and Alloa Athletic next weekend – before the Premiership gets underway a fortnight on Saturday, Lennon admitted he’d be looking to ensure all members of his squad will have enjoyed a decent amount of game time before that point.

Lennon’s latest signing, Lithuanian striker Deivydas Matulevicius, made the trip up the A9 but was confined to the role of a spectator as he watched his new team-mates play for the first time.

The last encounter between these two sides saw County beat Hibs in the League Cup final, a fact quickly forgotten in the euphoria of the Easter Road club’s historic Scottish Cup triumph a couple of months later. Nevertheless, this encounter with the Staggies would give Lennon and his players an indication of where they stand as they prepare to return to the top flight after their three-year absence.

Hibs, with Danny Swanson floating around in the pockets behind striker Simon Murray, made an enterprising start, Lewis Stevenson’s long ball out to the left brought down by Swanson, who lofted it over the head of County defender Jason Naismith before feeding Dylan McGeouch, who saw goalkeeper Fox take his shot low down to his right.

Fox was in action again within a minute, having to look sharp as Murray, having drifted out wide left, cut in and unleashed a powerful right-foot shot which the goalkeeper held at the second attempt.

Sean Kelly came to County’s rescue, taking John McGinn’s cross off the toes of Murray at the back post before slack passes from McGinn and then Stevenson forced McGeouch into a diving header to put the ball behind. From the corner, Andy Davies rose to get his head to Kelly’s cross but Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano threw himself to his left to push the ball away.

It was developing into an entertaining match and Swanson’s hesitation as he moved onto Boyle’s cross following a surging run from the winger gave Tim Chow the split-second he needed to block his shot.

But there was a lucky escape when Ryan Dow’s cross caught the body of Stevenson as he rushed back towards his own goal, the defender breathing a sigh of relief as the ball crept inches wide of the target with Marciano caught flat-footed.

At the other end of the pitch, Boyle’s searing pace was causing Kelly all sorts of problems and another slicing run from him ended with Stevenson cutting in from the opposite flank to drive the ball into the side-netting.

Lennon brought a few laughs from the home fans sitting around the away dug-out as he managed to break his seat, turning to ask “What do I do now?”.

The game continued to fly from end to end, Fox saving a McGinn shot from 30 yards before County substitute Chris Routis headed over.

This may only have been Hibs’ fifth match, three of which were recognised pre-season friendlies, but it was certainly competitive, Chow picking up a booking for going in late on Ambrose, his skipper Davies having been similarly dealt with earlier in the game as he deliberately blocked a threatening Swanson run.

Hibs weren’t entirely innocent themselves, McGinn booked for a foul on Gardyne before Swanson’s thundering challenge left the same player in need of treatment and leaving referee Steven McLean with no option but to reach for the yellow card.

Swanson, making his competitive debut having been suspended for the opening Betfred Cup game against Montrose, was quickly removed from the play by Lennon and replaced by the teenage Fraser Murray.

However, for all the frenetic action, neither goalkeeper was finding himself over-worked with both defences nullifying the danger. Fox, though, was almost left red-faced when he allowed a simple take from a Boyle cross spin through his legs. Luckily for him, the ball slipped just the right side of the post as far as he was concerned.

That was as close as either side came to scoring, the travelling supporters claiming a goal as Brian Graham jumped with Fox under the County crossbar for Whittaker’s hanging cross but the Hibs striker had clearly fouled the goalkeeper.

Both sides were understandably beginning to tire, the players no doubt thankful that rather than go to extra time the game – and a bonus point – would be decided by going straight to penalty kicks.

Marcus Fraser did try to ensure that wouldn’t be the case, the Staggies defender stepping forward to unleash a powerful shot from range which was always going wide before Gardyne’s run brought another half-chance for the home side but, like everything which had gone before it failed to provide the breakthrough.

Four minutes were added to the regulation 90 and, in the dying seconds of the last of them, Hibs almost won the game. Shaw threaded the ball through for Boyle only for his shot to break off Fox and go wide, winning the Edinburgh side the first of two corners in quick succession, From the second of them, McGregor’s header smacked off the crossbar.

So on it was to penalties, with Michael Gardyne scoring the decisive kick for the home side.

Ross County (4-4-2): Fox; Naismith, Davies, Fraser, Kelly; Gardyne, Chow, Lindsay (Routis 58), Dow (O’Brien 73); Schalk, Curran (Mikkelson 6). Unused subs: McCarey, Van der Weg, Morrison, Tumilty.

Hibs (4-2-3-1): Marciano; Whittaker, McGregor, Ambrose, Stevenson; Bartley; McGeouch (Shaw 86), McGinn, Swanson (F Murray 77); Boyle, S Murray (Graham 68). Unused subs: Laidlaw, Porteous, Fontaine, Gray.

Referee: Steven McLean.

Crowd: 2065

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Anthony Stokes has been released from his Blackburn Rovers contract – clearing the way for his return to Hibs.

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Talks between the Easter Road club and the 28-year-old’s representatives have been ongoing as head coach Neil Lennon seeks to add more firepower to his attack following the departure of Jason Cummings – top scorer in each of the last three seasons – to Nottingham Forest.

Lennon has already brought in striker Simon Murray from Dundee United and sprung a surprise this week by bringing in Lithuania internationalist Deivydas Matulevicius on a two-year deal. His forward line would be greatly enhanced, however, by the capture of Stokes, who would be lining up for a third spell at the club.

A statement on the Blackburn website today read: “Blackburn Rovers have reached an agreement with Anthony Stokes to terminate the player’s contract with immediate effect.

“The 28-year-old striker joined Rovers from Celtic last summer and scored three goals in 12 appearances for the club.”

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In celebrating their centenary year, the Hibees were able to toast a successful season in which they finished third behind Rangers and Celtic.

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At one stage, it looked likely they would be league challengers, going on an impressive winning run in early 1976 scoring 14 goals in four games, including a 4-0 thrashing of Celtic at Parkhead.

However, the undoubted highlight of the season was their performance in Europe when they came within 90 minutes of eliminating Liverpool in the first round of the UEFA Cup.

The Anfield side would finish the campaign as double-winners, signalling the dawn of a dominant era both domestically and in Europe, but they very nearly fell at the first hurdle on a sodden September night at Easter Road.

However, the visitors arrived in Leith in stuttering form. An opening day defeat to Queens Park Rangers was followed with draws against West Ham and Leicester. Wins over Tottenham, Leeds and Sheffield United followed, but just four days before the meeting with Hibs, they suffered another defeat, this time to Ipswich Town.

Hibs were poised to capitalise on their uncertainty, and did so with a stylish 1-0 victory to give the club its first win over English opposition in European competition.

The Hibees dominated proceedings despite the monsoon-like conditions in front of a more than 19,000, grabbing the only goal on 19 minutes through Joe Harper.

Arthur Duncan raced on to an Iain Munro ball down the wing before firing ball across goal for Harper to tap in at the back post, though the home side would fail to seize the opportunity to build on their slender lead.

Ten minutes from time, Duncan was sent sprawling inside the Liverpool box, leaving Dutch referee Frans Derks with little choice but to point to the spot. However, the usually reliable John Brownlie saw his spot kick saved by Ray Clemence, a miss that would prove costly in the second leg.

“It takes two to beat us now,” said manager Eddie Turnbull after the match, “And I think we’re capable of scoring again at Anfield, so Liverpool have plenty to do.”

Another goal might have made a considerable difference to the return leg on September 30 where, as it turned out, Liverpool won 3-1 to go through.

The Reds would go on to beat Club Brugge in the final to land the UEFA Cup but, at Easter Road, Hibs delivered Liverpool’s only defeat in Europe that season.

•For information on Easter Road Stadium Tours, contact bmcgoldrick@hibernianfc.co.uk

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Hibs boss Neil Lennon has revealed he’d been tracking Lithuanian striker Deivydas Matulevicius for a year before snapping him up as his sixth signing of the summer.

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With all eyes on the ongoing saga over Anthony Stokes, Lennon pulled off a surprise by bringing in Matulevicius on a two-year contract to add to the earlier arrivals of Danny Swanson, Simon Murray, Efe Ambrose, Ofir Marciano and Steven Whittaker.

While admitting the 28-year-old isn’t prolific in terms of goals scored in a career which has taken him to Poland, Romania and Belgium, Lennon firmly believes 6ft 3in Matulevicius can make a difference at the top end of the pitch. He said: “He’s a target man and he’s mobile. I wouldn’t say he’s prolific but, if he was, then he certainly wouldn’t be coming to play in Scotland with the attributes he has. There’s room for improvement with him and he knows that. I think he will add a very good dimension to our attacking play.

“We’ve basically been looking at him since we came in. When we knew he was going to become available then we pushed the button. We live in a bubble. There are a lot of good teams in eastern Europe and a lot of good individual players.

“They’re very, very fit these teams and they know the game. David’s led the line for his country for the last four or five years and Scotland drew 1-1 at home to Lithuania. We certainly can’t be dismissive of these countries and I know from my own experience there are good players out there.”

And, having played with the likes of Emile Heskey, Chris Sutton and John Hartson, Lennon was adamant big strikers such as them can make a big difference to a team. He said: “I think it’s important in certain games to have a physical presence. Grant Holt did a great job for me last year with his experience, know-how and physicality.

“We hope David will add the same sort of qualities. Anyone can go by Wikipedia pages and a lot of fans tend to do that and then make a decision on someone based on that. Wikipedia can hide a multitude of sins. I hope people judge him on his all-round game because what we have seen, we’ve liked.”

Matulevicius isn’t likely to feature in tonight’s Betfred Cup clash with Ross County in Dingwall having only arrived in Edinburgh on Thursday afternoon, but Lennon reckons it won’t be long before he is ready for action.

“I like what I see with him,” said the Hibs head coach. “He’s come in great condition. He has done some physical work that he sailed through. He has trained with the players and he is hungry.

“Sometimes you find these players who don’t come for the money, they come for ambition and to improve their careers. He has played in Romania and in Belgium at quite a high standard. Sometimes we dismiss these leagues because we are in a bubble here in Britain. There are actually good-quality players out there.

“David has played 30-odd times for his country. We have brought a player at his peak who has vast experience of playing around Europe. The Scottish league won’t worry him.”

Lennon admitted he was delighted to have brought Matulevicius in under the radar, revealing that leaks from within Easter Road were hindering his summer recruitment although he made it clear he wasn’t blaming the press for “doing their job”.

But he said: “There’s a lot of stuff comes out here that shouldn’t come out. I’m not blaming anyone and I can’t point the finger at anyone but it does not help me at times. It can be detrimental to what I am trying to do.”

Lennon was also unhappy at claims Wales striker Simon Church had turned down an offer from Hibs. He said: “There was no offer made to him. He was here to train because he had a bad injury last season. He only trained for three or four days and there was no way I could make a decision on a contract looking at a player in short-sided games over a four-day period.”

And as for Hibs’ hopes of signing striker Stokes for a third time? “No comment at all. I don’t know what the situation is with Anthony regarding Blackburn. He’s their player.”

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Simon Murray believes his debut-day double is a sign of things to come, the striker confident his new Hibs team-mates will carve out plenty of opportunities for him to score goals this season.

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Murray was delighted to have scored twice as Hibs defeated Montrose 4-0 in their opening Betfred Cup match but reckons he could easily have doubled his tally.

However, the fact he didn’t hasn’t caused him any loss of sleep, the 25-year-old, scorer of 18 goals for Dundee United last season, believing that as he gets sharper and with the help of those around him, his name will feature regularly on the scoresheet.

Murray will go looking to add to his early tally against Ross County in Dingwall tonight, adamant the more he can get, the harder it will be for boss Neil Lennon to overlook him, despite his manager adding further firepower to his side with the surprise arrival of Lithuanian internationalist Deivydas Matulevicius.

And rather than worry about the prospect of greater competition, Murray is relishing it. He said: “It was brilliant to get off the mark with those two goals against Montrose with it being the first game, the start of a new season. As a striker it’s always important to do that as quickly as possible so I was glad to do it immediately.

“I could have had a couple more but it’s still early days and we’ve not really worked on one-on-one finishing. I think I showed the fans a wee bit of what I am about.

“Goals are obviously the most important thing but before that you have to work hard to get yourself into those positions which is something I always 
do.

“I thought there were times last season when I was making the runs but not getting the ball, but the quality of players in our squad, the Swansons, the McGinns, the McGeouchs, the Boyles, means service will come from all over and, if I can keep getting into those positions, then the goals will come.”

Along with his team-mates, Murray met 28-year-old Matulevicius for the first time at their East Mains training ground yesterday, admitting he’d been as intrigued as anyone else as to who Lennon might add to his squad.

He said: “You do get a bit excited, you want to see who it is. I’m a bit different to David, he is more a target man, a bigger guy. At the end of the day, you want good, strong competition in the team because it makes you a better player and hopefully I will thrive on that.

“But if you are playing well and scoring goals it’s in your own hands. The manager picks the team, but he is going to pick a striker who is scoring goals. So if I can just concentrate on the way I am playing then hopefully it will be me he picks.”

Murray will find himself reacquainted with his former United team-mate Thomas Mikkelsen tonight, the Danish striker who finds himself trying to fill the void left by the departure of County’s top scorer Liam Boyce just as Murray attempts to fill the boots of Jason Cummings.

Like Murray, Mikkelsen is also already off the mark, scoring twice as the Staggies demolished Montrose 6-0 in midweek having beaten Alloa Athletic in their opening game.

And the Hibs man believes tonight’s encounter will give Lennon’s players the opportunity to assess exactly where they stand as they prepare to return to the Premiership following an absence of three years.

He said: “Tam’s a great guy, I wish him all the best – but hope he has a stinker tonight.

“Ross County have been doing well in recent years in the top flight so this gives us a chance to draw some comparisons but there’s no reason why, if we play well, we cannot get the result.”

The new group format for the Betfred Cup has divided opinion, a quirk of the system meaning promoted Hibs are in the only section which boasts two Premiership sides.

Murray admitted he, too, is a bit undecided. “You don’t get much time off to recover from last season but the other side of it is you get more competitive games.

“Friendlies tend not to be so high tempo so you are straight into it and for a guy who wants to get his goal tally up, it’s a good thing the season is starting early.”

Murray and United made the quarter-finals last season, the striker scoring four goals as they did so, only to lose to Morton.

This season, obviously, he’s hoping to go two stages further and, although Lennon believes the competition has come too early – he’s using the games as part of Hibs’ pre-season preparations – he, too, wants to make a go of it.

The Hibs manager, however, insisted no-one should read too much into the outcome of tonight’s match. “It’s too early. If we lose the game, it’s not going to be a week of analysing it. It will be a good test, yes, but the team I play might not be anywhere near the team that starts the season.

“We’ve got players like [Steven] Whittaker and [Efe] Ambrose who haven’t had any football yet and need to play. Some other guys have not played 90 minutes and I’m sure Jim [McIntyre, County’s manager] is in the same boat as me. But it is a game you want to win.

“Last season, Ross County were the holders and they went out in the group stage because they were nowhere near ready. Maybe they have stepped it up this year and want to make a go of it. We do. We want to get out of the group but it is not a barometer for the season, it’s too early for that.

“It we lose it won’t be the be-all and end-all, but you want to play well, play strongly and take a step in the right direction as to where you want to be on August 5.”

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Paul Hanlon is set to end his near eight-month injury hell when Hibs send a team to play Lowland League outfit Selkirk on Sunday.

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The Easter Road defender has started only one game since the first week in January, struck down by a pelvic problem which ultimately required surgery.

However, boss Neil Lennon revealed that if the 27-year-old comes through the match for the Bobby Johnstone Memorial Cup at Yarrow Park (kick-off 2pm), he could feature in Tuesday night’s Betfred Cup tie against Arbroath at Easter Road.

He said: “Paul trained with the kids yesterday and, if he comes through Sunday, we can look at maybe Tuesday or the following Saturday against Alloa to give him a run out. We are very pleased he is making good progress now. He was outstanding for us in the first half of last season and it will be good to get him back.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "DAVID HARDIE"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4509714.1500563497!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4509714.1500563497!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Paul Hanlon has started just one game for Hibs since January","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Paul Hanlon has started just one game for Hibs since January","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4509714.1500563497!/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-in-50-objects-no-32-horseshoe-to-mark-railway-halt-1-4508386","id":"1.4508386","articleHeadline": "Hibs in 50 objects: No.32 – Horseshoe to mark railway halt","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1500528652000 ,"articleLead": "

The enthralling football being played at Easter Road towards the end of the 1940s was attracting crowds in unprecedented numbers, a record 65,850 having watched the derby with Hearts at the beginning of 1950.

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But the extension to the main terracing was not the only major change taking place around that time as a few months later another event took place that demonstrated the innovative and imaginative thinking of the Hibs directors – the Easter Road Railway Halt.

Tested by several trainloads of Dundee fans who had arrived by “football specials” almost a month before the official opening, the stop on the Edinburgh to Granton line that lay adjacent to the huge east terracing was of particular benefit to those supporters from Fife and beyond travelling in those days before the Forth Road Bridge.

The official opening took place on April 8 before a match against Clyde, Hibs’ last game of the season, a delegation from the club welcoming the directors, players and supporters of the Shawfield side.

A green ribbon was cut by Hibs chairman Harry Swan’s wife and in the boardroom just before the game he was presented with an inscribed silver horseshoe by representatives of British Railways to mark the moment.

As for the game itself, more than 25,000 watched Hibs win 6-3 with all of the Famous Five featuring on the scoresheet, Willie Ormond twice.

However, the growing popularity of the car and much improved roads meant the halt, like so many other defunct stations dotted around Edinburgh, gradually fell into disuse with the last visit of a football special believed to have been made around the mid 1960s.

Today the remains of the station lie buried under the modern housing estate on Hawkhill Avenue.

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As Hibs return to the Premiership with lofty ambitions, the ongoing conundrum surrounding Dylan McGeouch’s fitness is brought more sharply into focus.

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The 24-year-old midfielder is blessed with a level of quality and composure that allows him to dictate games like no other player at the club. Fully fit and firing, it is widely acknowledged that he would be considered their main man – indeed there are plenty supporters who already view him in this light regardless of the well-documented injury problems that have plagued him throughout his three years at the club.

The benefits of having such an accomplished player, however, have been largely offset by the fact his body has been so susceptible to niggles that he has been able to start only 21, 24 and 16 games, respectively, in each of his three seasons in the second tier with Hibs.

McGeouch, whose contract expires next summer, has been the subject of speculation recently, with Blackpool credited with an interest. However, supporters were given an early-season reminder of his quality when, for almost an hour, he controlled last weekend’s Betfred Cup stroll against Montrose. It was notable that his team’s sense of fluency faded after he was substituted in the 57th minute.

The situation is exasperating for Neil Lennon. Instead of being able to build his team around the deep-lying playmaker, the manager, who worked with a teenage McGeouch at Celtic, is unable to hang his hat on him being available for the lion’s share of games over the course of a season.

“Neil must wish he had a crystal ball to know how many games he was going to get out of Dylan,” said Kevin Thomson, a pundit and midfield colleague of McGeouch’s at Hibs in the second half of the 2015/16 season. “The figures from the last few seasons suggest he’s only going to get about 20 starts, and, from a manager’s perspective, it’s obviously a big issue if a player is going to be spending a lot of time in the treatment room. Even though Dylan’s a good friend of mine, it would be a gamble to pin all your hopes on him being fit enough to play 40 games a season – and Dylan will probably know that himself.

“But by all accounts, this is the best pre-season he’s had for a number of years in terms of being able to do all the work. If I was the Hibs manager I would gamble on him in the respect that he’s a really talented footballer who would make the team better if he was in it. For me, if he can get a good pre-season under his belt, it’s a no-brainer to keep hold of him and have him in the team.”

John McGinn, the Scotland international midfielder, is widely deemed to be Hibs’ most prized asset, but Thomson is adamant that McGeouch would be spoken of in the same breath as his midfield colleague – and previous headline-grabbers like Scott Allan and Jason Cummings – if he hadn’t been so hindered by injuries. “Hand on heart, I think he’s one of the best players at the club, if not the best,” he said. “I know John gets a lot of the plaudits, and rightly so because he’s a powerhouse. You could argue Dylan probably doesn’t drive the team on in quite the way John does, but when it comes to dictating play, setting the tempo and controlling the game, Dylan does that as well as anyone. It’s a fine art, and sometimes it’s not fully appreciated.

“Dylan’s not big and he doesn’t look powerful, and isn’t one who is going to brush past people with his physical attributes, but he’s still got that change of pace where he can stop the ball and drive, a bit like Scott Allan does. You’d never think he was fast, but he can drop the shoulder and accelerate away from people really well.

“I don’t want to sound as though I’m dissing John, but I genuinely think Dylan’s the best player at the club. John is a different type of player and he’s right up there, but what he’s had over Dylan is being able to play consistently week in, week out over the last two years. Dylan’s 24 now so he’s probably passed the line where he’s no longer considered a young player. When you carry injuries, you’re never going to be viewed as much of a sellable asset compared to someone who’s playing to a similar standard over 40-45 games a season. If he was able to play 40 games this season, I think Dylan could potentially become the benchmark for midfielders in Scotland.

“Outwith Celtic, there aren’t many midfielders in Scotland who stick out as being better than Dylan for me. I look at boys like Ryan Jack, who has gone from Aberdeen to Rangers, and Jason Holt, who has been at Rangers for the last two years, and I wouldn’t swap either of them for McGeouch.”

Thomson believes McGeouch’s presence makes Hibs a far easier-on-the-eye team. “Hibs are a better side when Dylan’s in it,” he said. “If they want to pass the ball through midfield and pass it forward with penetration, Dylan’s a key element to that. When he plays, they have to pass the ball through him because he demands it.

“Sometimes when it’s just John and Marvin [Bartley] in there, the team can become a bit more robust and direct. I think both of those boys are more comfortable when Dylan’s in the team. There’s a great balance with the three of them together, in terms of Marvin using his physicality to break things up, John being freed up to drive on a bit more and Dylan knitting everything together and threading balls through to people. That trio would be as strong as anything in the league outwith Celtic.”

McGeouch’s Hibs career was symbolised by the moment he injured himself and prematurely ended his season while bursting forward to score a sublime equaliser in the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Aberdeen three months ago.

“You only have to look at that goal against Aberdeen to see what he’s capable of in terms of bursting forward, but his maximum is probably being restricted by the niggles he’s had,” said Thomson. “I think he still has that explosiveness in him from when he used to be a winger, but when he does put the burners on and burst past people, he’s had a tendency to pull up at times, as happened to him when he scored that goal. He probably has another couple of per cent he could give if he knew in his mind that his body was as sound as it could be. When you have these wee niggles, it plays on your mind in terms of bursting forward and worrying about racing back, but Dylan can still do a big job sitting behind the play and dictating from deep.”

Thomson became something of a kindred spirit to McGeouch since he had also been plagued by niggly injuries, albeit his materialised later in his career. Indeed the 32-year-old gave his former colleague a pep talk on the eve of the Scottish Cup final last year to ensure he was in the right frame of mind to play against Rangers after pulling up injured in the play-off defeat by Falkirk a week earlier. Thomson, who retired last year due to the toll minor strains were taking on his body, is hopeful that McGeouch can finally overcome his recent injury torment and enjoy the first fully-fit campaign of his senior career.

“If I was ever Dylan’s manager I’d like to think I’d be understanding of his situation in the respect that you can’t help getting injured,” said Thomson. “When a player is injured, it’s more frustrating for the individual than for anyone else. Some people think players like to be injured, but that’s rubbish. You spend long hours in the treatment room, you play less, you get paid less, and it’s generally the lowest times of your career, whether it’s for a few weeks or several months.

“I helped Dylan through whenever he was down about his injuries and I’d like to think I was probably as good as anyone for him to speak to in the respect that I had plenty myself. I tried to give him as much advice and comfort as I could to try and keep him on the straight and narrow and keep his mind as positive as possible.

“Even though I had some serious injuries, I don’t think I pulled a muscle until I was about 26.

“With serious injuries, at least it’s usually just a case of getting them fixed and recovering from them and getting a good run of playing again, but when it’s niggles, like what Dylan’s been going through and like what I had towards the end of my career, it’s really frustrating because you can feel good, play a few games, people start to get excited about you again, and then all of a sudden you train on a Tuesday and you feel your calf or your hamstring and that’s you out for ten days or a few weeks. When you’re a full-time professional, it’s amazing how difficult it can be to get back into the swing just after a couple of weeks out. If you have that persistently, it can really put a dampener on your career. Dylan really deserves a bit of luck.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANTHONY BROWN"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4508744.1500499600!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4508744.1500499600!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Dylan McGeouch has only managed 61 starts in three season with Hibs but has proved he can drive the team on when fully fit","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Dylan McGeouch has only managed 61 starts in three season with Hibs but has proved he can drive the team on when fully fit","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4508744.1500499600!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4508745.1500499604!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4508745.1500499604!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Kevin Thomson","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Kevin Thomson","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4508745.1500499604!/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/steven-whittaker-should-inspire-every-hibs-player-thomson-1-4508679","id":"1.4508679","articleHeadline": "Steven Whittaker should inspire every Hibs player – Thomson","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1500528622000 ,"articleLead": "

The arrival of Steven Whittaker will have an inspirational effect on Hibs’ dressing-room, according to former team-mate Kevin Thomson.

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The versatile 33-year-old last week returned to his formative club on a three-year contract after leaving Norwich City.

Whittaker, who spent spent five years at Carrow Road following five years at Rangers in which he helped them reach a UEFA Cup final, accumulated 31 Scotland caps – 25 from the start – during his fruitful decade away from Easter Road.

Thomson believes his former Hibs and Rangers colleague will instantly command the respect of his new team-mates as a result of what he has already accomplished in his career.

“He’s a top professional and he should be an inspiration to pretty much every player at Hibs in the respect that most of them will not have had the career Whitty’s had,” Thomson told the Evening News. “I know how well he works on and off the pitch, and he’ll only enhance Hibs. With the experience and game knowledge and what he’ll bring to the dressing-room in terms of professionalism, he’ll be a really good signing.

“He’ll bring calmness and assurance to the defence, as well as leadership qualities. Although he’s not been a captain and he’s quite a quiet lad, he’s a leader on the pitch in the sense that he never lets you down. You get good players who can have ups and downs, but one of the reasons Whitty’s so good is that he’s so consistent.”

Although Hibs have an established core of defenders who have featured regularly over the last few years, Thomson is adamant that Whittaker, predominantly a full-back who can also play at centre-back or in midfield, will not be content to be a bit-part player.

“Whitty’s mindset will be to go in there and play week in, week out, which will put pressure on all the defenders, so that bodes well for the club,” he said. “It potentially doesn’t bode so well for whoever loses their place to him if he comes in and plays well, but at a big club like Hibs you need that level of competition.”

Thomson believes that Whittaker will return to Easter Road as a more refined player. He feels the fact that the veteran has largely avoided notable injuries throughout his career will stand him in good stead.

“I know he’s not played much football recently but he’s in good nick,” said Thomson. “Compared to the likes of myself and [their former Hibs team-mate] Scott [Brown], Whitty’s been really lucky injury-wise. I think he’s only really had about one hernia operation in about 14/15 years, so that should be a big help to him as an older player trying to prolong his career. He’s always been a big fit, strong boy – he’s naturally fit. I don’t see the fact he’s 33 being a problem for him playing back up here.

“The Hibs fans will remember him bombing up and down the line – I don’t know if he’ll be doing that as much as when he was at his peak, but his quality will still shine through. When I’ve seen him play for Scotland in the last few years, he’s not been bombing on as much as he did in his early years. He held his position a bit more, which is down to having more experience and game knowledge. Sometimes when you’re younger, you just run for the sake of running but as you get more experienced, you start to pick your runs and time them better by playing the percentages.”

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Hibs have signed Lithuanian international striker Deivydas Matulevicius on a two-year deal from Belgian side Royal Mouscron.

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The 6ft 3in centre forward, 28, becomes Neil Lennon’s sixth summer signing after Danny Swanson, Simon Murray, Efe Ambrose, Ofir Marciano and Steven Whittaker.

Matulevicius has played 33 times for his country and was an unused substitute against Scotland in the World Cup qualifier at Hampden last October.

He said: “I am very happy to now be a part of this club. It’s a big step in my career and I will do everything I can to make it a successful season for us.

“I’ve always watched British football and the style of play will suit me – it’s more physical and you need to have a lot of fight in every game.

“It’s a big club with a big history and I’m really happy to be here.”

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Andy Murray has revealed he would burst in to tears as a child whenever his beloved Hibs scored a goal.

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The world number one tennis star said his whole family became Hibs supporters because his grandfather Roy Erskine had turned out for the Edinburgh club in the 1950s.

Murray, 30, enjoyed regular family outings to Easter Road stadium as a child, but he said the cheers whenever Hibs scored a goal caused him to cry.

He said: “Our family all supported Hibs because my grandfather played for Hibs so we would go along as a family to watch games at the weekend.

“My aunties and uncles, my dad and my mum, would take me and my brother along and it was like family time. It was nice, and the fans at Hibs are pretty nice it was a nice family atmosphere with not too much swearing or aggression.

“It was nice for us, and me and my brother started playing at a really young age and always enjoyed it.

“I would have been six or seven years old (when I went to my first game).

“My dad I remember telling me when I first went along to watch, when Hibs would score a goal and everyone would start screaming, I would start crying. It was too loud for me.

“That’s not the case anymore when I go to watch games, but I remember him telling me that. I wouldn’t cry now watching football.”

Murray said following Hibs had been useful in life as it taught him to “get used to losing”, but also the joy of winning.

He added: “It does help you get used to losing at a young age.”

Dunblane ace Murray revealed he could have had a football career as a striker after starring for his local boys’ club Gairdoch United, only to focus on tennis instead in his teens.

He said: “When I was about 14, I was supposed to be going over to Tampa in the States to train for four weeks, and also to check out an academy there that I was potentially going to move to. The day beforehand I was playing a game for my local team and someone stood on my ankle and I didn’t get to play tennis or football for six weeks.

“That was when I spoke to my parents and it was really ‘no more, you have to choose between the two. If you want to start playing tennis more seriously you can’t be getting injured playing in other sports’.

“That was certainly a big moment but there was also one other, when I was having a tennis session after school and I was also still part of the football team.

“I had my session and after about 40 minutes my dad came to pick me up to take me to football. As I was leaving I said to my dad ‘I don’t want to go to football. The training was an hour and a half and I’m only playing 40 minutes of tennis, and I’m much better at tennis than I am at football’.

“These things all happened around the same time, when I was 14 or 15, and that was it.

“I was a striker -- I always played up front. I was bigger than a lot of the guys I was playing with, which helped, but I liked scoring goals.”

The tennis star also revealed how he turned down Rangers at the age of 14.

He added: “The local team that I played for Gairdoch United were like a feeder team for Rangers so we went and did a training session in front of some of the Rangers scouts, people who were working at the Rangers school of excellence.

“After the training session my parents got asked if I would like to go along to train at the Rangers school of excellence. But that was also around the time where I was having to decide ‘what do I do?’ I couldn’t go and do that and also try to play tennis.”

Murray, interviewed on Sky, said there was nothing in tennis to compare to scoring a goal and celebrating with team mates.

But he revealed has now completely given up playing altogether.

He said: “I used to play five a side football once or twice a week when I was at home until I was like 24 or 25. And we would play three or four 11-a-side games each year, just with friends.

“We’d have a team of tennis players and coaches and we would play against local football teams from around London, but I haven’t done that for about three or four years since I had problems with my back.

“I stopped playing but I miss it.”

Murray also revealed he never expected to reach the world number one ranking in tennis.

He said: “It’s great to be there -- I never thought I was going to get there.

“I’ve been on the main tour for like 13 years and I’d always been ranked between two and four for most of that time.

“In the middle of last year I was a long way from doing that and then I just added a great finish to last season and it all happened quickly, but it has been such a long process to get there.

“There have been a lot of great moments but a lot of tough moments as well a lot of big losses in important matches.

“It wasn’t necessarily something I dreamt of I always just wanted to become a professional tennis player. I wanted to be playing in the major events but I never expected to get to number one.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "GEORGE MAIR"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4508631.1500483693!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4508631.1500483693!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Lifelong Hibernian fans Jamie and Andy Murray, fresh from their own summer successes at the US Open, Wimbledon and the Olympic Games, were able to celebrate the club's historic William Hill Scottish Cup win in 2016. Picture: Contributed","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Lifelong Hibernian fans Jamie and Andy Murray, fresh from their own summer successes at the US Open, Wimbledon and the Olympic Games, were able to celebrate the club's historic William Hill Scottish Cup win in 2016. Picture: Contributed","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4508631.1500483693!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4508632.1500483696!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4508632.1500483696!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Andy Murray would attend Hibs games with his family. Picture: John Devlin","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Andy Murray would attend Hibs games with his family. Picture: John Devlin","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4508632.1500483696!/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-hearts-clash-moved-for-live-tv-coverage-1-4508388","id":"1.4508388","articleHeadline": "Hibs-Hearts clash moved for live TV coverage","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1500473756000 ,"articleLead": "

The opening Edinburgh derby of the season has been brought forward 24 hours for live TV coverage.

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Hibs will now host Hearts at Easter Road on Tuesday, October 24 (kick-off 7.45pm) in a match to be shown on BT Sport.

In other fixture changes, Hearts’ clash home clash with Rangers on October 28 will kick off at 12.30pm (live on Sky Sports).

Latest TV selections:

Friday 8 September, 2017

Ladbrokes Premiership

Hamilton Academical v Celtic

Live on BT Sport, kick-off 7.45pm

Friday 15 September, 2017

Ladbrokes Premiership

Partick Thistle v Rangers

Live on BT Sport, kick-off 7.45pm

Saturday 23 September, 2017

Ladbrokes Premiership

Rangers v Celtic

Live on Sky Sports, kick-off 12 noon

Sunday 24 September, 2017

Ladbrokes Premiership

Motherwell v Aberdeen

Live on BT Sport, kick-off 12.15pm

Friday 29 September, 2017

Ladbrokes Premiership

Hamilton Academical v Rangers

Live on BT Sport, kick-off 7.45pm

Friday 13 October, 2017

Ladbrokes Premiership

St Johnstone v Rangers

Live on BT Sport, kick-off 7.45pm

Saturday 21 October, 2017

Ladbrokes Premiership

Rangers v Aberdeen

Live on Sky Sports, kick-off 12.30pm

Tuesday 24 October, 2017

Ladbrokes Premiership

Hibs v Hearts

Live on BT Sport, kick-off 7.45pm

Wednesday 25 October, 2017

Ladbrokes Premiership

Aberdeen v Celtic

Live on BT Sport, kick-off 7.45pm

Saturday 28 October, 2017

Ladbrokes Premiership

Hearts v Rangers

Live on Sky Sports, kick-off 12.30pm

Saturday 4 November, 2017

Ladbrokes Premiership

St Johnstone v Celtic

Live on Sky Sports, kick-off 12.30pm

Saturday 18 November, 2017

Ladbrokes Premiership

Ross County v Celtic

Live on BT Sport, kick-off 12.30pm

Friday 24 November, 2017

Ladbrokes Premiership

Dundee v Rangers

Live on BT Sport, kick-off 7.45pm

Sunday 26 November, 2017

Ladbrokes Premiership

Kilmarnock v Aberdeen

Live on Sky Sports, kick-off 12.30pm

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Life has been full of little surprises for Hibs kid Fraser Murray over the past ten months – all of them very much welcome.

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He may have been a total unknown when he was handed a first-team debut against Highland League Turriff United in last season’s Irn Bru Cup as boss Neil Lennon took the opportunity to rest a string of his frontline players.

But now the 18-year-old is making everyone sit up and take notice, his latest appearance in a green-and-white shirt earning him the man-of-the-match as Hibs crushed Montrose in their opening Betfred Cup match at the weekend.

It wasn’t, though, the first such accolade for the midfield rookie – he’d also been picked as the best player on the pitch in his first League appearance, a 3-2 win in the Championship over Raith Rovers in April.

Admitting that at present it feels this as good as it gets, Murray insisted he won’t be allowing his head to be turned, well aware that he’s got a lot of hard work ahead of him if he is to even make himself a first-team regular at Easter Road.

It has been, however, a promising start but far from having “come from nowhere”, the boy from Glasgow revealing that he’s been with Hibs for ten years, the faith being shown in him by Lennon a reward for those thrice weekly trips along the M8 to train at East Mains.

“It’s going well just now,” Murray agreed. “And I am enjoying myself. But it is a matter of continuing to work hard and try to use this as a platform to push on and try to force myself into the first-team squad.

“That’s the aim, to keep pushing myself as high as I can go and who knows what can happen. It’s a case of keeping my head down and trusting the manager and coaching staff to decide what’s best for me.”

Nevertheless, Murray admitted he’s already far beyond where he believed he might be at this stage in his career.

He said: “I’m from 
Baillieston but I was scouted by Hibs when I was seven or eight and I have been with them ever since.

“There were training camps in Glasgow but they stopped when I was about 13 and I started coming through to Edinburgh three times a week, training Monday, Wednesday and Friday and usually a game at the weekend.

“I’ve got my dad Stuart to thank for bringing me through. We must have clocked up countless miles driving back and forward along the M8.

“But I have never wanted to be anything other than a football player, I was always out on the street playing with my friends.”

Murray appears to have slotted in seamlessly in midfield but that, he insisted, was down to having the likes of John McGinn and Dylan McGeouch alongside him.

He said: “Playing with players like that is a big lift for someone like myself. Dylan has had a few wise words, Simon Murray has helped me since I came in the door, while Lewis Stevenson and Davie Gray always have a bit of advice, what to do and not to do.”

Murray admitted his appearance against Montrose had come as something of a shock – just as each of his previous games had been.

“It was a bit of a surprise to be picked against Turriff, but brilliant to get the first goal in that game and then it was not only a surprise to play against Raith but to get the man-of-the-match award.

“At the weekend I knew I was in the squad but never thought I’d be playing. I was only told an hour before kick-off and again it was a bit of a surprise, but I was pleased.

“The manager just said to get turned and look forward all the time, to make forward passes and runs. To get my first Easter Road goal was a great moment for me. Hopefully there’s more to come.”

Speculation, of course, has been rife all summer as to who Lennon may be bringing in, every day seeming to bring forward a new name.

Steven Whittaker’s return made him the fifth signing with the prospect of more to come, although Murray is delighted that as he seeks to strengthen his squad, Lennon isn’t overlooking the young talent on his own doorstep.

He said: “It’s nice to know the manager will give young players a chance. He’s done that with me, Ryan Porteous, Oli Shaw and a few others during pre-season. In the under-20s we have a good bunch of boys and it helps to have each other. We support each other, set ourselves high standards and push one another on.”

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Hibs hope to know by the end of the week whether striker Anthony Stokes will be joining the Easter Road club for a third time.

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Talks between the club, the 28-year-old and his representatives have been ongoing for a while with boss Neil Lennon having made adding firepower to his frontline a priority following the departure of Jason Cummings – top scorer in each of the last three seasons – to Nottingham Forest. That bid to strengthen his attack has suffered a blow with Wales striker Simon Church turning down an offer to join the club.

Lennon has already brought in striker Simon Murray from Dundee United but has only Brian Graham and 19-year-old Oli Shaw currently at his disposal and knows Republic of Ireland hitman Stokes well having been his manager at Celtic.

Although insisting he is happy overall with the squad he currently has – Steven Whittaker became his fifth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Danny Swanson, Murray, Efe Ambrose and Ofir Marciano – Lennon has also stressed his desire to add further quality as Hibs prepare for their return to the Premiership following a three-year absence.

Chief executive Leeann Dempster has promised Lennon he’ll get the backing to do so having revealed season-ticket sales have soared beyond 12,000 – an all-time record – and it is known Stokes is high on the manager’s wanted list having seen a move to Blackburn Rovers turn sour, the Lancashire club having been relegated to English football’s League One.

It is understood Hibs remain in a positive mood in regard to tempting Stokes, a hero of their historic Scottish Cup triumph of two years ago with his two goals against Rangers in the final, back to Edinburgh. However, they’ll undoubtedly have told the player that they can’t wait forever for an answer, with Lennon ready to turn to alternative targets if he decides his future lies elsewhere.

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Gordon Smith holds a unique place in British football, having won the league championship with three different clubs – all outwith the Old Firm – and of having played in the European club for each of them, Hibs, Hearts and Dundee.

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Born in Edinburgh, Smith grew up an exiled Hearts supporter in Montrose and had both Capital clubs after him after scoring a hat-trick for a Dundee junior select against a Hearts-Hibs X1.

He was persuaded to sign for Hibs in April 1941 for £10 and on his debut he scored a hat-trick against Hearts at Tynecastle. By the end of the Second World War he was an internationalist and had a century of goals in the Scottish Southern League to his credit.

Smith, said to be as skilful as Stanley Matthews and as good a goalscorer as Tom Finney, went on to play 674 games for Hibs and scored 364 goals, including 17 hat-tricks and five in one match against Third Lanark.

It was a phenomenal record for any player, never mind a winger who was regarded as the outstanding member of the Famous Five.

In all, Smith won five championship medals, three with Hibs and one each with Hearts and Dundee. In 1962 with the Tayside club he became the first British player to have played in the semi-finals of the European Cup, having first done so with Hibs seven years earlier.

He was also part of the Hibs team which lost the 1947 Scottish Cup final to Aberdeen, but won the League Cup with Hearts in 1959, beating Third Lanark 2-1 in the final.

He also played 18 times for Scotland, skippering his country on a successful tour of Europe in 1955 having previously felt he was not considered a first choice for the national team. Smith also gained nine caps for the Scottish League before retiring after 23 years in top-grade football to live quietly in North Berwick, where he died in August 2004.

• For information on Easter Road Stadium Tours, contact bmcgoldrick@hibernianfc.co.uk

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Hibs are sending a team to face Selkirk on Sunday to compete for the Bobby Johnstone Memorial Cup.

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Johnstone, a member of the Easter Road club’s Famous Five frontline, also played for Manchester City, Oldham and Scotland. He was born in the Borders town and died there in 2001.

The match will take place at Selkirk’s Yarrow Park (kick-off 2pm).

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