{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"hibs","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/lennon-hibs-didn-t-deserve-loss-but-it-won-t-derail-title-bid-1-4307795","id":"1.4307795","articleHeadline": "Lennon: Hibs didn’t deserve loss – but it won’t derail title bid","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1480719485000 ,"articleLead": "

Neil Lennon insisted Hibs didn’t deserve to lose last night’s top-of-the table showdown with Dundee United, but the head coach is confident the defeat won’t derail their title bid.

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The Easter Road side had the chance to go six points clear if they won at Tannadice, but are instead level on points with the Tayside outfit after a match defined by two penalties which went the way of the hosts.

With the game goalless, Hibs striker Martin Boyle had a 54th-minute spot-kick saved by Cammy Bell and then United attacker Tony Andreu won it with a penalty 13 minutes from the end. “From where I was sitting we didn’t deserve to lose the game,” said Lennon. “I didn’t think we were at our best in the first half, but in the second half we were in the ascendancy. The game hinged on two penalties. If we had scored at that time, we were well on top in the game, and we had a few chances after that. At 0-0 anything can happen. I didn’t think we deserved to lose so it’s a sore one.”

Boyle’s kick was easily blocked by Bell. The striker, who had scored four goals in his previous four games, won the penalty after being fouled by Lewis Toshney but had to negotiate with strike partner Grant Holt to decide who should take it.

“Boyle was designated last week so he was on them,” said Lennon. “Grant missed the last one. Whether it put Martin off, I don’t know, but he has been hitting them alright in the week. But he didn’t hit it well enough tonight. That one got away.

“When we missed the penalty, it gave United a lift, but our response was good. [Andrew] Shinnie was outstanding. He really took the team by the scruff of the neck. It was disappointing not to score when we had decent chances.”

Hibs are now top of the league only on goal difference from a United side who are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions since September. Lennon is confident his side won’t be knocked off course by only their second defeat of the league campaign.

“We are still top but it’s a game we felt we could have extended our lead,” he said. “We’ll come again. We’ll get back on track, no question about that. There’s a few with their heads down but they’ve just got to pick themselves up again and respond in the right manner, and I’m sure they will.”

United have won nine of their past 11 games and appear to have genuine momentum heading into the festive period. Their manager, Ray McKinnon, was in good spirits but refused to get carried away by his team’s fine form since overcoming a slow start to the season.

“We’re delighted to be up there, joint top of the league now, but nothing is won in December,” he said. “Of course you would rather be there than sitting mid-table but nobody is getting carried away. I said before the game I didn’t think this was a defining game because there’s so far to go still. We need to bring in players in January to keep the team moving along the way we want it to go.”

McKinnon paid tribute to former Rangers goalkeeper Bell after what was his seventh penalty save, including shootouts. “Cammy’s a fantastic goalkeeper – we were absolutely delighted to get him,” said the United manager. “We can’t expect him to keep saving penalties because the law of averages means someone is going to score, but I did have a feeling he might do it tonight. I was standing thinking ‘there’s every chance he’ll save it here’. Cammy saved their penalty and we scored our penalty, that’s what it came down to in the end.”

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It was a tale of two penalties at Tannadice as Hibs had their three-point advantage at the top of the Championship wiped out by their burgeoning title rivals, Dundee United.

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Following an underwhelming first period, the visitors spurned a golden chance to open the scoring early in the second half when Martin Boyle had a spot-kick saved by Cammy Bell. It was to prove a pivotal moment as United duly claimed victory courtesy of a Tony Andreu penalty with 17 minutes left.

The result leaves Hibs, who are desperate to win promotion at the third attempt, under serious pressure to reassert themselves at the top of the table during a festive period in which they will be without key midfield duo John McGinn and Fraser Fyvie. Perhaps crucially, United, who now trail them only on goal difference, are the team with the momentum having ended Hibs’ six-game unbeaten run and extended their own to 11 matches in all competitions.

Hibs’ resolve was always likely to be tested by the injury-enforced absence of McGinn and Fyvie, but they were able to include two established deputies in the shape of Marvin Bartley and Dylan McGeouch, who both came in for their first starts since mid-October. Boyle, with four goals in his previous four games, kept his place ahead of top scorer Jason Cummings, who was again listed among the substitutes.

The 3000 travelling supporters – many of whom were sporting green Santa hats provided by club sponsor Marathonbet – were in fine voice leading up to kick-off, with the presence of Scottish Cup-winning head coach Alan Stubbs, who was working as a pitchside pundit for BT Sport, adding to the buoyant atmosphere in the away end. The United fans had also turned out in good numbers, and the sight of both sides emerging from the tunnel in Day-Glo strips – Hibs were in their luminous yellow away kit – made for a colourful spectacle in front of Tannadice’s biggest crowd in nine months.

Despite the sense of anticipation in the build-up to the Championship’s biggest match of the season so far, it was slow to ignite. United had the first opening of the game after two minutes when Nick van der Velden’s shot from just inside the box was blocked by Liam Fontaine and Willo Flood scuffed the rebound well wide from 18 yards out.

Hibs gradually began to ease their way into the match and registered their first attempt at goal in the 13th minute when Andrew Shinnie saw a firm left-footed shot from the edge of the box held by home goalkeeper Cammy Bell. That was as close as the visitors were to get in a first half which brought few clear opportunities at either end.

United threatened to cut the visitors open with a slick move down the left four minutes later, but Hibs captain David Gray snuffed out the danger with a solid and magnificently-timed tackle on Blair Spittal to stop the winger delivering his cross from the left. Andreu, the on-form United attacker, then looped an effort inches wide after a Darren McGregor tackle had broken to him 30 yards out.

At the other end, Liam Fontaine clipped in a teasing cross from the left, but Gray, bursting in at the back post, mistimed his leap and the chance was gone.

United were the livelier side for much of the first half, however, and they went close in the 27th minute when Andreu shot just past from 25 yards out after being set up by Spittal.

Hibs had a let-off just after the half-hour when Paul Hanlon gifted the ball to Andreu, who laid it off to Van der Velden, but, with things opening up for the Dutchman, he got his pass to Scott Fraser on the right flank all wrong and the visitors were able to regroup and clear the danger.

The visitors, who were struggling to make headway in the final third, were presented with their first real opening of the match in the 35th minute when Spittal’s slack passback to the keeper was intercepted by Boyle, but the striker’s concentration wavered at a crucial moment and he allowed Mark Durnan to get back and clear the danger.

United should have gone ahead three minutes later when Andreu’s shot from the edge of the box broke off Hanlon into the path of Spittal eight yards out, but the ever-dependable Darren McGregor deflected the winger’s effort over the bar for a corner. The hosts went close again just before the break when Andreu shot just over from over from the edge of the box after being set up by Jamie Robson’s cutback.

The second half was to prove a livelier affair. After Charlie Telfer went close for the hosts, Shinnie shot wide from the edge of the box for the visitors. In the 52nd minute, Ofir Marciano was called upon to make his first notable save of the game, and the Israeli did well to dive to his left and claw away a powerful strike from Telfer.

Hibs had a golden chance to seize the initiative two minutes later when Boyle was tripped by Lewis Toshney as a he burst on to a loose ball in the box. Boyle’s spot-kick was tame, however, and Bell dived to his right to make his seventh penalty save of the season, shootouts included. It was to prove a pivotal moment.

There was a flashpoint in the 56th minute when Holt took umbrage at being caught by Flood, sparking a mini brawl. The livid Holt had to be restrained by captain Gray before both he and the United midfielder were booked. Bell denied Hibs again just before the hour when he scrambled Shinnie’s near-post flick from a Gray cross behind for a corner.

Hibs sent on Cummings for Boyle in the 65th minute. However, it was a substitution for United three minutes later which was to have a more telling effect on the game. Simon Murray came on for Van der Velden and, within five minutes, the flame-haired striker, who had been a summer transfer target for Hibs, won a penalty when he was bundled over by Fontaine in the box after skinning Hanlon wide on the right. Andreu made no mistake in sending Marciano the wrong away from the spot.

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HIBS gave those who were questioning whether they could mix it with the big boys at the top of the SPL the most emphatic answer as they recorded their first victory at Fir Park in five years.

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Four games without a win and third-placed Kilmarnock closing to within two points had heaped the pressure on Alex McLeish’s players as they prepared to face a Motherwell side boasting an impressive run of just one defeat in eight matches.

But with many looking for further signs of the Easter Road outfit buckling, McLeish’s players simply rolled up their sleeves and met the challenge head on, as they built on an impressive performance during the week against Celtic to lever Motherwell aside.

Hard work was in evidence from every player in green and white, a workrate which Motherwell manager Billy Davies admitted his side simply didn’t match.

At times, Hibs were a joy to watch as they knocked the ball around in style. They had rediscovered that work ethic and in this match they were suitably rewarded for the graft they put in.

It was no more evident than at the first and second goals.

For the first, Mixu Paatelainen’s determination forced Benito Kemble into a simple mistake, allowing John O’Neil to place a clever ball between Stephen McMillan and his goalkeeper, Steven Woods. As the young defender hesitated, David Zitelli showed the predatory instincts of a top striker, hooking his leg round to send the ball flashing into the net.

Hibs’ second, just three minutes after the interval, may have owed much to luck, Ged Brannan’s attempted clearance from Zitelli’s corner crashing off team-mate Derek Townsley and in, but, again, it was the persistence of Paatelainen which paved the way.

While Kemble was content to usher O’Neil’s sliced shot over the bye-line, Paatelainen decided a seemingly lost cause was worth chasing and managed to knock the ball off his opponent to win the corner kick which brought such a rich reward. Having done all the hard work, Hibs were then able to turn on the style. Zitelli’s second goal of the match was a moment to savour.

Russell Latapy threaded a perfect ball inside Martyn Corrigan, Zitelli was on to it in a flash and before Woods could move he had lashed a tremendous left-foot shot from an acute angle high into the net, a goal of breathtaking power and precision which had virtually everyone shaking their heads in disbelief.

A moment of slackness at the back gifted Motherwell substitute Stuart Elliot a consolation goal to take the shine off another impressive performance by Hibs.

The manager, naturally, was delighted to see his side win so convincingly and, again, with more than a little style. On this occasion, McLeish got both the result and the type of performance which he knew his side were capable of producing.

It was a victory which kept Hibs hard on the heels of SPL leaders Celtic, but, perhaps more importantly given the Easter Road side’s declaration that the title may be beyond them, it opened up a five-point gap on Killie.

Hibs: Franks, Lovell, Smith, Fenwick, Sauzee, Laursen, Jack, Latapy, O’Neil, Paatelainen, Zitelli.

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Hibs’ trip to Tannadice tonight for their top-of-the-table clash with Dundee United in the Ladbrokes Championship is complicated slightly by injures in midfield as they attempt to pull six-points clear of their second-placed rivals.

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Head coach Neil Lennon will definitely be without midfielders John McGinn, who had ankle surgery last week and will be out until the new year at the earliest, and Fraser Fyvie, who has a groin tear that will sideline him until at least Christmas.

Marvin Bartley and Dylan McGeouch, the first-choice replacements for McGinn and Fyvie, are not without their own fitness issues. Bartley is a doubt with a stubbed toe, while McGeouch, who will start against the Tangerines, has been managing a groin problem all season. If Bartley does not fully recover, it will be 19-year-old Scott Martin who starts in the middle alongside Andrew Shinnie and McGeouch.

Winger Alex Harris joins the two central midfielders on the sidelines as he recovers from a hamstring problem, and midfielder Danny Handling is still only in light training as he continues his recovery from a long-standing knee injury. James Keatings is another absentee as he recovers from a partial tear in his medial ligament that he suffered in October.

Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon has less problems to deal with as only left-back Paul Dixon out of tonight’s fixture with a knee knock. Jamie Robson will continue to deputise.

United haven’t lost in the league since a 3-1 defeat at Falkirk in mid-September and have taken 16 points from a possible 18 in their last six fixtures. Hibs, meanwhile, have the best defence in Britain, having only conceded seven goals all season in the league.

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "CONOR MATCHETT"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4307529.1480693698!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4307529.1480693698!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "James Keatings scored for Hibs in their 1-1 draw with Dundee United earlier in the season. Pic: TSPL","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "James Keatings scored for Hibs in their 1-1 draw with Dundee United earlier in the season. Pic: TSPL","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4307529.1480693698!/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/lennon-stunned-by-hearts-fans-negativity-towards-neilson-1-4306697","id":"1.4306697","articleHeadline": "Lennon stunned by Hearts fans’ negativity towards Neilson","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1480660254000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs manager Neil Lennon is astounded that some Hearts supporters are happy to see the back of Robbie Neilson and believes that the MK Dons-bound head coach leaves big shoes to fill.

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Despite a largely fruitful two-and-a-half years in which he led the Tynecastle side from the Championship to second in the Premiership, the 36-year-old became the subject of growing disenchantment among some sections of the support, with the Scottish Cup defeat by Hibs in February remaining a particular bone of contention among his critics.

However, Lennon can’t understand how anyone could view Neilson’s reign at Tynecastle in a negative light.

“Robbie has done a very good job at Hearts. What more could he do? The Scottish Cup loss was just one game and you have to look at the two-and-a-half years that went before.

“He got them promoted from the Championship, they finished third last season and they are second in the Premiership right now. That is pretty impressive.

“Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. Robbie was stable at Hearts. There is only one dominant team in Scotland and that is Celtic and the rest are going to be inconsistent at times. Hearts have been very impressive under Robbie and why that has divided opinion, I don’t know.”

Lennon, who had a chastening experience managing Bolton Wanderers in both the English Championship and League One prior to arriving at Hibs, admits he can see why Neilson has decided to leave the stability of life at Hearts to test himself with MK Dons, currently threatened by relegation from League One.

“There are pros and cons,” he said. “The last manager, Karl Robinson, who I know very well, was there for six years which is a lifetime in the modern game, so you’d like to think he’s going into a stable environment. Like everything else, though, it’s a results-driven business.

“I think the league position belies the quality they have in the squad, so he’ll inherit a decent squad for that level having come down from the league above.

“They get good crowds as well, but the flip side of that is he sees Hearts playing well against Rangers in front of 17,000 people, so then you’ve got to consider ‘why would you give that up?’ The only person who can answer that would be Robbie, depending on his own ambitions.

“Maybe he wants a crack at England and sees this as his opportunity. There’s a danger there because there’s a risk in every move you make. There’s a familiarity he has with Hearts, that he won’t have at MK Dons, so he’ll have to get used to that. He’s still young but ultimately the difference between Scotland and England is money. People ask why MK Dons can attract a manager going very well at the top of the league in Scotland. It’s because, even in League One, they can pay a lot more money than Scottish clubs. I’m not saying that’s the sole reason he’s going but it’s an incentive.”

Lennon explained that managing a team through a 
46-game league campaign will be a test for Neilson. “What he will have to get used to is the brutality of it all,” he said. “It is relentless as it is a 46-game season and you are playing Saturday and Tuesday every week. He will have to manage his squad as best he can and use the market as best he can in January.

“I am sure there will be money available for him in January as they will be one of the more stable clubs in that division. Good luck to him.”

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Hibs are looking to recruit at least one new midfielder to help them deal with their winter injury problems.

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Neil Lennon confirmed that ex-Juventus midfielder Fausto Rossi and former English Premier League pair Leon Osman and Jermaine Pennant are on his radar. However, the head coach played down a link with St Johnstone talisman Danny Swanson.

The desire to bolster the midfield at the earliest possible opportunity – free agents can be signed before the January transfer window opens – has been fuelled predominantly by injuries to key duo John McGinn and Fraser Fyvie.

Scotland internationalist McGinn is still on crutches after undergoing an ankle operation last week and could be sidelined until February, while Lennon confirmed that Fyvie, one of his team’s most consistent players this season, is set to be out until after Christmas with a groin tear.

In addition, winger Alex Harris is out for the next month with a hamstring problem, while James Keatings and Danny Handling are still working their way back towards full fitness following injury lay-offs, and Dylan McGeouch, although available for tonight’s top-of-the-table Championship clash away to Dundee United, has been suffering from niggling groin trouble all season.

“Fraser’s looking at maybe four weeks out,” said Lennon. “It’s a groin tear and there’s been a bit of swelling so it’ll take a bit of time to heal. It’s a blow but we’ve got [Marvin] Bartley, McGeouch and [Scott] Martin as well as a couple of other permutations where we can change things around a bit.

“Alex Harris is out for three to four weeks with a torn hamstring as well. We are actively looking to bring someone in at the minute. We’ve made a couple of enquiries and then in January as well we’d be looking to add to the midfield department if we can.”

Rossi, the 25-year-old who left Juve in the summer following a loan spell at Serie B club Pro Vercelli, has been invited to Edinburgh for a trial. “He’s not got a club and we’ve made contact with his agent, but that’s as far as it’s gone,” said Lennon. “We’ve asked him to come in and train with us for a few days but we’re waiting on confirmation of that.”

Pennant, the 33-year-old former Stoke City and Liverpool winger, trained with Hibs two weeks ago as he looks to fix himself up with a club following a spell at Tampines Rovers in Thailand. Osman, the 35-year-old former Everton midfielder who has been a free agent since the summer, is unlikely to be coming to Easter Road, however.

“Pennant came in and trained for a couple of days and we’ve left things with him,” said Lennon. “We spoke to Leon Osman’s representatives as well but that was probably too ambitious from our point of view. It’s not like we’ve been sitting still. We are actively out there making contact with people, trying to strengthen what we already have. We’re not trying to get these guys in for a PR stunt. We’re trying to improve the team and help us get promoted.”

Lennon insists Hibs have not made any overtures to sign Swanson, a boyhood Hibs fan and former Hearts midfielder. “I don’t know where the Swanson story’s come from,” he said. “If I was going to make contact, the first person I’d call would be [Saints manager] Tommy Wright. There’s been no contact there.”

• Hibs Under-20s defeated their Aberdeen counterparts 2-1 last night to progress in the SFA Youth Cup.

Goals by Jamie Gullan and Oli Shaw had put the Hibees in control at Glebe Park, Brechin. Although Scott Wright pulled one back for the Dons, Hibs held firm to clinch victory in the fourth-round tie.

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Martin Boyle is confident that being part of a traditional little-and-large strike pairing can help him maintain his hot streak in Hibs’ showdown with Championship title rivals Dundee United at Tannadice tonight.

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The 23-year-old heads to Tannadice buoyed by his best spurt of form since first arriving at Easter Road from Dundee almost two years ago. His run of four goals in his last four games owes plenty to finally being utilised in his favoured position as a central striker after being played predominantly out wide since leaving Montrose for Dens Park in 2012.

The diminutive Boyle, who has kept top scorer Jason Cummings out of the side over the past month, feels he is benefitting immensely from being deployed alongside either Grant Holt or Brian Graham, the two target men recruited by Neil Lennon in the summer.

“The gaffer’s put me up there alongside a big, tall striker and it seems to be working at the moment,” Boyle told the Evening News. “Until this season, I’ve not really had a big, physical partner like Holty or Brian to play alongside. I’ve played with Jason but he’s not the tallest and he’s more similar to me. When [Anthony] Stokes was here, he liked to drift wide.

“This is the best period I’ve had since I’ve been here and I want to keep it going. I’ve had chances to score even more goals, but the main thing is that I’m scoring and the team is winning. I scored a lot of goals at Montrose and I feel like I can do that if I get a consistent run up front, which is something I’ve not really had here until now. I really enjoyed playing up front for Montrose because I was able to make smart runs to get into good positions.

“I’m feeling very confident at the moment. I’m making good runs, scoring goals and creating chances for the team, and I’m really enjoying playing up front with Holty and Brian, whoever it may be.”

Having spent much of his time at Hibs on the periphery, Boyle knows he must seize this rare chance in his favoured position, especially as the highly-regarded Cummings is pushing for a recall after five games on the sidelines following an autumn form dip.

“I feel like I need to take my chance every time I step on the pitch because it’s a big squad and players are chapping at the door wanting to play,” he explained. “Thankfully, this time I’ve managed to come in and keep the shirt.

“Jason’s still the top scorer in the division but hopefully with my wee run of form I can catch up with him. He’s still a top player and he’ll have a big part to play in the season but I’m just trying to make sure I keep my shirt.”

Boyle’s two previous visits to Tannadice as a Dundee player brought a red card in a 1-0 defeat and then a demoralising 6-2 annihilation in his last game for the Dark Blues. He is hopeful that his third match there will result in him heading home with his side having extended their three-point advantage at the top of the Championship.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to go six points clear and put a marker down,” he said. “They probably found it hard to adapt to the league because they started a bit slow like we did a few years ago, but they’re right up behind us now and they’ve got a good young team. Both of us are in good form so it’s shaping up to be a really good game for the spectators. It’s as big a game as you’ll get in this division.”

Lennon, meanwhile, dismissed United manager Ray McKinnon’s suggestion that Hibs could crumble under the pressure of trying to win promotion at the third attempt.

“I’ve seen no evidence of that so far and I don’t know what he means by saying we could crumble,” said the Easter Road head coach. “You either play well or you don’t, you either win or you don’t. If anything, the pressure is on Dundee United. If they lose the game on Friday, where do they go? They’re six points behind chasing us.

“If they win, they’re still behind us so all the pressure is on them really. Being at home, they’ll have a big crowd for the first time in a while and it will be interesting to see how they handle it. We’re fine. I’ve not seen any evidence of a mentality, or the lack of mentality of being in this division creeping in.”

Lennon also played down the significance of tonight’s match with regard to the effect it could have on the outcome of the Championship title race.

“It’s been built up to be a big game but we’re only at the beginning of December,” he stressed. “It’s not going to finalise or settle anything. You’ve got two teams who are in form that are first and second. In the context of the Championship it’s a big game but I don’t think the result will have any bearing on the outcome of the title race. What it will do is give us a chance to extend our lead at the top of the table. But if we lose the game, we’ll still be top of the table.”

Lennon is enthused by the prospect of his team running out in front of a near full house at Tannadice, with close to 3000 Hibs fans set to make the journey to Tayside for the team’s first live televised match since they drew 1-1 with the same opponents at Easter Road two months ago.

“When teams are going well no matter what division they’re in, if the club is big enough the fans will come and support them,” he said.

“We’ve had great support away from home all season and amazing crowds at home. That might be because the team is doing well or maybe it’s off the back of winning the cup last season. The interest in the club is there and it’s one of the reasons I came to Hibs.”

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Hibs may bring in a free agent or an emergency loan player ahead of the transfer window opening, according to head coach Neil Lennon.

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The Hibees boss confirmed today that he is keen to bolster his squad, especially with key midfielder John McGinn having surgery last week to cure an ankle problem.

With Fraser Fyvie also likely to miss part of the festive period due a groin injury, Lennon may sign a midfielder and has been linked with former Juventus player Fausto Rossi, who can play anywhere across the middle.

Speaking ahead of Hibs’ Ladbrokes Championship clash with Dundee United at Tannadice tomorrow, Lennon said: “We definitely need to add to the squad.

“We’ve been working on a few things over the last couple of weeks – maybe add to the squad now on an emergency loan.

“We’ve made some enquiries for players there, but definitely in January we’ll be looking to strengthen.

“We work within a parameter of financial security, I’m aware of that, so that’s the bracket that we’re looking in.

“But you never know, in January the club brought Anthony Stokes in and that surprised a lot of people. You just never know but I think there will be funds available.”

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A bumper crowd is expected at Tannadice tomorrow night as Dundee United host Hibs in the biggest match of the Championship season so far.

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With the top two sides in the division going into the match in fine form, the Tayside club are anticipating an attendance in excess of 10,000 at their 14,209-capacity ground for the first time since the Dundee derby in March.

United’s crowds have generally been around the 6000 mark since the start of this campaign, with 5996 at their most recent home match against Dunfermline Athletic.

However, the Arabs’ support has been galvanised by a ten-game unbeaten run in all competitions for Ray McKinnon’s side which has hauled them to within three points of Hibs and given them the chance to move joint top of the table if they beat Neil Lennon’s league leaders in tomorrow’s televised match.

Hibs, who have won four of their past five matches, will be backed by more than 2700 travelling fans, with the away support to be housed in both the Jim McLean Fair Play Stand along the side of the pitch and The Shed behind the goal. United boss McKinnon believes the size of the crowd expected tomorrow night helps make the case for a bigger Premiership. He said: “Hibs are a huge club with 11,000 season-ticket holders with 15,000 gates every week. This Friday we’re looking to sell out at Dundee United.

“They are two big clubs who should be playing in the top league but they are where they are for a reason but it does show you there are good quality clubs below the top tier.”

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In May 2010, Scott Robertson played for Dundee United against Hibs on the last day of a season in which both clubs finished in the top four of Scotland’s top flight. The Tannadice outfit were third and the Easter Road side fourth.

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Six-and-a-half years on, the prospect of either of these two relative heavyweights of Scottish football qualifying for Europe through their league position is not on the immediate agenda. Instead, the focus is entirely on ensuring they are back in the top flight come the start of next season after a period of catastrophic management left both slugging it out in the second tier.

Tomorrow’s meeting of the two in-form sides at Tannadice represents a potentially pivotal evening in the battle to win automatic promotion. Hibs, the pre-season title favourites, stand three points ahead of United, who are unbeaten in their past ten games in all competitions, taking 20 points from a possible 24 in their most recent eight league matches.

“It’s hard to say at this stage how the title race will pan out but this game will be a good indicator of who is likely to be the dominant team going into the Christmas period,” said Robertson, who has played for both clubs and is currently with Raith Rovers. “Hibs have been the most consistent so far, which is why they’re top. At the start of the season, it looked like Queen of the South were going to be the team to challenge them but they’ve fallen away. Dundee United have gone on a really good run of form to close the gap and put a bit of pressure on. If they beat Hibs, it could change a lot in terms of the title race.”

United’s surge of form over the past two months owes plenty to the shrewd management of Ray McKinnon and his recruitment of former Kilmarnock and Rangers goalkeeper Cammy Bell and ex-Hamilton Accies attacker Tony Andreu. Robertson worked under the United boss at Raith last season and is in no doubt that he is capable of overseeing a genuine title push at Tannadice.

“I think United have got a good enough squad to win most of their games this season,” the 31-year-old midfielder said. “They’ve got some really good players and Ray’s got them winning most of their games at the moment. From what I gather, they’ve not necessarily been playing excellent but their results have been really consistent. Winning games is more important than performances, and Ray had an excellent knack of doing that even when he was here at Raith last season.

“He’s a very good manager and I definitely think they can keep their run going. He knows his stuff, especially in this league. He’s managed to attract good players to United who are still well capable of playing in the Premiership, so they’ll definitely do well in this league this season.”

Robertson, who had two-and-a-half years with Hibs before departing in May 2015, has also been impressed with the way Hibs have gone about their business under Neil 
Lennon. “They’re looking strong,” he said. “They had a great start then had little falter but they’ve picked up again and Martin Boyle’s banging in the goals,” he said. “They’ve clearly got good options up front because earlier in the season Jason Cummings was banging in the goals. It’ll benefit them that they’ve got that variation.”

Hibs’ midfield is depleted by injuries to John McGinn and Fraser Fyvie, and, as a result, they are pondering taking up the option of recalling 22-year-old academy graduate Sam Stanton from his season-long loan with Dumbarton in January. Robertson, who played with Stanton when he produced his best form in a Hibs jersey in early 2014, believes such a move would make sense.

“Sammy’s a really good player,” he said. “He did well in the team when I was there and he’s done well whenever he’s gone on loan, at Livingston last season and Dumbarton this season. We played Dumbarton recently and the lads were saying Sammy was probably their best player. With the players Hibs have got, he’s probably not had the opportunity to show what he can do over the last couple of years but I definitely feel he’s still got more to give there.”

Robertson, whose own side play in the same division, will be an interested armchair spectator tomorrow night for the most eye-catching match of the Championship season thus far. “It’s a massive game, a really attractive fixture, which is why it’s on TV on a Friday night,” he said. “It’s one I’ve played in a few times for both clubs and I don’t recall many boring games between them, so I expect it to be a good one. They’re two big clubs who need to get back to a level where they’re challenging for Europe. It’s sad that they’re both in the Championship, but I’m pretty sure they’ll both be back in the top league soon enough.”

While his two old clubs battle to get back into the top flight, Robertson is striving simply to get back out on the pitch to aid Raith Rovers’ promotion push. The Dundonian has been plagued by a recurring groin problem since March and hasn’t played a first-team game since a 
two-minute substitute outing for Gary Locke’s side at the start of August.

“I’m tearing my hair out with it, to be honest,” he explained. “Basically, my groins are acting up. I’ve tried to come back from injury three times now and I keep breaking down. I’ve been feeling good at times and able to get back to training and play a few games, but each time the problem comes back. It’s becoming infuriating. I’m just hopeful we can get to the bottom of the problem and then we can try and cure it.

“I’ve been struggling with it since March. I was able to manage it until the end of the last season, although I ended up on the bench for the play-offs against Hibs because I wasn’t fully fit. I tried to let it settle over the summer, but it just wouldn’t settle down properly. It’s basically the same problem that’s kept coming back. It’s settled down enough to get back into training and even playing in a reserve game a few weeks ago I felt brilliant, but over the following week it really started hurting again.

“I had the same problem at Dundee United, the same sort of trial-and-error scenario where you try different things. I’ve tried antibiotics, I’ve tried a rehab programme and I’ve had an operation but it’s all been unsuccessful so far. We’ve obviously not tried the right procedure yet. I just need to listen to the experts and see what they advise.”

Robertson is especially eager to get back playing as quickly as possible because he knows the clock is ticking on his career as a full-time footballer. “There’s no good time to get an injury but that’s been nine months this problem has been bothering me at an age where I need to get back playing,” he said. “I’ll be 32 in April and my contract’s up in the summer, so I’m worried in that regard. I’ve been doing my coaching badges, so I have been thinking about life after playing football. It’s always at the back of your mind, but hopefully that day doesn’t come in the near future.

“Raith have been good to me and shown a lot of patience with me, so I’m desperate to contribute to the team. I was hoping to be back before now. I had been looking towards the big fixtures in December and through the festive period against Dundee United, Hibs and Dunfermline, but every game is difficult to miss. I was actually glad this weekend’s game [v Morton, who play in the Scottish Cup] was postponed because I was thinking to myself ‘that could get rescheduled for January or February and hopefully I’ll be back by then.’ I was probably the only person at the club thinking that way! I’m just trying to remain positive and do my best to get back playing.”

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Hibs are eyeing up a move for Italian central midfielder Fausto Rossi, according to reports in the player’s homeland.

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Rossi came through the youth system at Juventus, but started his professional career at Vicenza before moving back to the Bianconeri for a fee of £1.5million in 2012.

However, the 25-year-old failed to make a first-team appearance at Juve, instead being farmed out on loan to Brescia, Valladolid, Cordoba and finally at Pro Vercelli, where he was team-mate of former Hibs striker Dominique Malonga.

Capped 24 times at under-21 level for Italy, Rossi is now a free agent and, according to tuttomercatoweb, Easter Road boss Neil Lennon is running the rule over him, as well as a hosts of clubs in America’s MLS.

Hibs are facing a shortage of midfielders at present, with John McGinn out until the new year after having an ankle operation, while Fraser Fyvie is awaiting scan results on a groin strain and Marvin Bartley is nursing a foot injury.

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Marvin Bartley believes he is still effectively paying the price for being wrongly sent off twice earlier in the season.

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The Hibs midfielder was dismissed in the home defeat by Ayr United in mid-September and the goalless draw away to Raith Rovers a month later – a couple of games that bookended a four-match run without a league win for his side. Although he didn’t have to serve a suspension as both red cards were subsequently downgraded to yellows, Bartley is in no doubt that the controversies he inadvertently found himself at the centre of have been a major factor in him losing his place in the Hibs team.

Having started seven of his team’s first nine league games of the season, Bartley hasn’t started any of the five matches since his dismissal in Kirkcaldy and has been restricted to a combined total of just 25 minutes as a substitute while his resurgent team have accumulated 13 points from a possible 15.

“I haven’t played as much as I’d have wanted to in recent weeks, but at the start of the season I was in for a prolonged period and then I had a couple of dubious decisions against me that ultimately have probably cost me my place in the team,” Bartley told the Evening News. “I believe what happened at Raith in particular has cost me because I started that game and then got a comical red card. Although I’ve not been suspended, I feel it’s played a part because I think there was probably an element of the gaffer taking me out to protect me. He was probably worried about how I might be mentally after getting sent off twice in three games. Although I felt fine within myself, the manager has to do what he thinks is right to protect his players.

“The team has gone on to do very well since I’ve been out, and I’m happy that we’ve been doing extremely well. When the gaffer needs me, I’m always ready to start a game or come on and give my all to help the team. Like any player, I’ve just got to keep backing myself. Whenever I put the shirt on, nine times out of ten I think I put in a performance I can be happy with.”

An opportunity is set to open up for Bartley to return to the side for Friday’s top-of-the-table clash away to Dundee United, with regular starters John McGinn and Fraser Fyvie out through injury. The Englishman, who is hopeful of shaking off a foot problem, and Dylan McGeouch, who has been plagued by hamstring trouble this season, are the likeliest deputies for the key duo, with teenager Scott Martin also in contention.

“Whoever plays in midfield will have a massive responsibility to perform and keep the team ticking over because we’re in what is described as the engine room,” said Bartley. “Myself and Dylan haven’t played a lot recently but there’s a chance for someone else to take up the baton and hopefully do well.”

Bartley is a big fan of McGinn, but believes concerns about the effect the highly-regarded Scotland internationalist’s absence could have on the team over the next couple of months have been overblown. He feels there are plenty other players within the Easter Road dressing-room who are capable of delivering match-winning contributions.

“All the boys within the squad know we’re not reliant on any individual player,” said Bartley. “Even McGinn would admit himself it’s a team game. I think there’s been some very good performances from other people at Hibs, and at times they don’t get the credit they maybe deserve. Obviously McGinn is a very good player, but I think sometimes people just look at our results when we win and assume it must all be about John. Recently it used to all be about Jason. Don’t get me wrong, they’re both good players, and it’s a massive blow to have John out, but hopefully it won’t make too much difference to us going forward.

“People who look in from the outside might expect us to fall away because we’re without the man they see as our star player, but I don’t think a lot changes. We’re a very good team. Yes, we’re a better team with McGinn, but we’re still well capable of pulling together and staying on a good run without him. It’s a squad game, so there’s always going to be an element of rotation anyway. We’ve got decent options to come in.”

Hibs’ resolve will be tested when they head to Tannadice looking to protect their 
advantage at the top of the table. Ray McKinnon’s on-form team can pull level on points with the leaders if they win on Friday in what would be a scenario few envisaged at the start of the season. Bartley, however, is unfazed by United’s emergence as title contenders.

“I’m not surprised at how well Dundee United have done because they’re a big club who have just come down and they’ve got good players,” he said. “It’s disrespectful to write off other teams in this league. Not for one second did we think we’d just romp away with the league. We’re not surprised they’re on our coat-tails but hopefully the pressure of having them just behind us will spur us on and keep us going. They’re definitely title 

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANTHONY BROWN"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4304430.1480443121!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4304430.1480443121!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Marvin Bartley is keen to get back into the Hibs XI as soon as possible. Pic: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Marvin Bartley is keen to get back into the Hibs XI as soon as possible. Pic: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4304430.1480443121!/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-mull-over-loan-recall-for-midfielder-sam-stanton-1-4304482","id":"1.4304482","articleHeadline": "Hibs mull over loan recall for midfielder Sam Stanton","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1480487413000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs are weighing up whether to recall Sam Stanton from Dumbarton in January as they look to replenish their injury-ravaged midfield for the Championship title run-in.

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Scotland internationalist John McGinn is likely to be sidelined until February after undergoing ankle surgery last week, while Fraser Fyvie is awaiting the results of a scan on a groin problem and, depending on the outcome, could be out into the new year.

In addition, Dylan McGeouch has been plagued by hamstring trouble in recent months and has been unable to string together more than three consecutive matches thus far this season. Although fit enough to be considered to start this Friday’s top-of-the-table clash away to Dundee United, it remains to be seen if the former Celtic player is capable of a consistent run of games in the absence of his influential colleagues.

Andrew Shinnie and Marvin Bartley, who has been taking pain-killing injections in order to numb a minor foot problem enough to play in Friday’s game, are the only other senior central midfielders available to Neil Lennon, although the head coach has the option of bringing 19-year-old Scott Martin, who has ten first-team appearances to his name, more prominently into the mix.

However, with so much at stake as Hibs bid to win promotion to the Premiership at the third attempt, management know the squad cannot be understocked going into the second half of the season, and consideration is being given to utilising their option of recalling Stanton when the transfer window reopens in January. There is no prospect of him returning before then.

The 22-year-old joined Dumbarton on a season-long loan three months ago and has been a key player for them in recent months, starting seven Championship matches in a row prior to missing last weekend’s Scottish Cup match with Bonnyrigg Rose due to a groin problem.

In the build-up to that match, Stanton told the Evening News of his belief that he could still re-establish himself at Hibs, to whom he is contracted for another 18 months. Lennon explained early in his tenure that he saw plenty potential in the academy graduate, and with 70 first-team appearances already under his belt for his parent club, he is viewed as a ready-made option to bolster the squad at a crucial phase in the campaign when midfield resources could be stretched.

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Former Hibs striker Garry O’Connor has been arrested and charged following an alleged theft from an Edinburgh department store.

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The 33-year-old was questioned by police following reports of a high-value theft from Harvey Nichols on 25 November.

The striker who also played for Lokomotiv Moscow, Birmingham City and Barnsley during his career is said to have been recognised by a member of staff on CCTV.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police Scotland have arrested and charged a 33-year-old man following a theft from a business premises in St Andrew Square on Friday 25 November.

“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

It is thought the value of items taken is worth four figures.

O’Connor, who now manages Lowland League team Selkirk, previously denied any involvement in the theft.

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Darren McGregor believes Hibs are heading into their top-of-the-table showdown with Dundee United in excellent fettle.

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Hibs have won four of their past five games, with their most recent outing bringing a 4-0 win at home to Queen of the South which allowed them to open up a three-point lead over the Tayside outfit, who were held to a goalless draw away to Morton.

Although Hibs have injury problems to contend with – most notably involving John McGinn, Fraser Fyvie and James Keatings – McGregor feels they are going to Tayside in the best possible mindset.

The defender is particularly heartened by his team’s return to the scoring trail over the last month or so, with 13 goals in their last five matches. “We are confident going into the game,” he said. “The draw with Falkirk [in mid-November] was a tough one to take, but we have bounced back and against Queen of the South I thought we were exceptional from start to finish.

“We are on a good run of form and have given ourselves a good solid base. We have players who will score. Brian Graham came in and did so against Queens, Grant Holt was on the bench as was Jason Cummings and Martin Boyle has turned into a forward. We are getting goals from all over which is great and it’s giving the manager decisions.”

After spending the past two seasons chasing Hearts and then Rangers, Hibs, in their third attempt at winning promotion, now find themselves cast as title favourites and league leaders. With the chance to open up a six-point advantage at the summit on Friday, McGregor admits his team must continue showing that they possess the mental strength to handle the expectation levels surrounding them this season.

He said: “There’s always pressure but, as the gaffer says, you would rather be at the top than mid-table or bottom so we have to handle that. We need to get out of this league and everyone knows the repercussions of not doing that so we have to handle the pressure.

“We are at a big club, a massive club, so the pressure is on us to win. We are aware of that and we need to step up to the mark every week. Teams will come to Easter Road and make it difficult because they are playing against the supposed best team in the league, but we have to maintain our standards. If we drop them, we’ll be vilified so it is up to us.”

McGregor, who earlier this month told the Evening News of his desire to finish his career at Hibs, admits the incentive of getting new contracts tied up can help his team on their way to the title.

The Easter Road club have 13 first-team players out of contract in the summer, of which McGregor is one.

Head coach Neil Lennon has already revealed that it is difficult to open contract negotiations with players whose deals expire at the end of the season until it is known whether next term will be spent in the Premiership or in the second tier of Scottish football.

McGregor is comfortable with this situation, but knows he and his team-mates can help make things become clearer by beginning to widen the gap between themselves and the chasing pack.

The 31-year-old said: “The club are in a position whereby they can’t be handing out two, three, four-year deals to anyone because of the current climate. I’m aware of that although, at my age, I don’t think I’d get a four-year contract. I’d be happy with a couple.

“But I think we are all aware of the predicament we are in and that’s more of an incentive for players to step up to the mark and really push for that points gap so that when it comes towards the end of the season, we are in a position where we can bargain, ‘is there something there?’

“For me, it’s a bit rich sitting here just now saying I want this or that when the season is only a quarter done.”

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Dundee United have snuck up on the blind-side in the Championship title race and, from Hibs’ perspective, are sitting a little too close to top spot for comfort as the campaign approaches the midway point.

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Friday night’s top-of-the-table showdown at Tannadice will not necessarily decide who wins the league, but its magnitude to the Easter Road side should not be understated.

At the start of the season, it was widely felt that, with Neil Lennon – a serial winner in Scotland – at the helm, the Edinburgh club would pull away from the pack and finally secure promotion at the third attempt with a bit to spare.

This school of thought was largely based on the theory that, with two years experience and a settled squad buoyed by Scottish Cup glory, Hibs would be ready to get off to a fast start, while United, the only club realistically equipped resource-wise to challenge them, would need time to get over the disappointment of relegation and also to acclimatise to playing in a new division.

Yet, as we prepare to enter December, the Arabs, on the back of a ten-game unbeaten run in all competitions, have the chance to pull level with Hibs if they win on Friday. This scenario was not in the script for the pre-season title favourites, but it is one which has come about as a result of Hibs spilling nine points during a four-game autumn run at a time when the slow-starting United were beginning to find their feet under Ray McKinnon.

Although Lennon’s team have rediscovered their form since that slump in September and October, it is hard to escape the feeling that they need to properly reassert their authority by knocking their resurgent rivals out of their stride.

While a draw will be enough to maintain Hibs’ three-point advantage, it would also have the effect of imbuing United – who have already taken a point at Easter Road this season – with further belief that they can maintain a title challenge.

A home win, meanwhile, would see confidence levels at Tannadice soar to new heights, while also inducing serious doubt in the Hibs camp at a time when talismanic midfielder John McGinn is facing a couple of months on the sidelines, star striker Jason Cummings is enduring a form dip, and the likes of Fraser Fyvie, James Keatings and Dylan McGeouch are all battling to overcome fitness issues.

With so much pressure on the Edinburgh club to achieve promotion this season, they can ill afford to enter the business end of the campaign with the title race still in the melting pot.

Hibs boast the strongest squad on paper but, if United, not carrying the same level of expectation, were still in contention around April time, there is every chance they would be in a position to play with more freedom than their Easter Road counterparts.

The dangers of allowing an underdog hope don’t need spelled out to Hibs after they were steadily pegged back by Falkirk last season and ultimately pipped to second place. In order to avoid being bogged down in a high-pressure slog with United for the next five months, Lennon’s team could desperately do with opening some clear daylight, starting on Friday evening.

United are marginal favourites for the Tannadice showdown – largely due to home advantage and Hibs’ personnel issues – but the Easter Road side’s solid defensive unit should give them plenty belief for their trip north.

Even allowing for the excellent form of the 11-goal Tony Andreu since being added to the United attack three months ago, Lennon’s team are well capable of coming away from Tannadice with another clean sheet. If they do that, they give themselves an obvious chance of winning the game.

In the absence of McGinn and others, the Hibs squad could do with a catalytic early-December result – and the psychological effect of a six-point cushion – to propel them through the mentally-challenging festive period. Ideally, they need to look at starting the new year with a good gap beginning to emerge.

By contrast, however, the prospect of being level-pegging with an upwardly-mobile side boasting an 11-game unbeaten run would be enough to ensure tetchiness in the Hibs camp at a stage in the campaign when they are unable to call on their driving force, as former captain Kevin Thomson described McGinn in yesterday’s Evening News.

All things considered, Friday’s game represents comfortably Hibs’ highest-stakes match since their Scottish Cup final triumph six months ago. To ensure a relatively serene Christmas for the Easter Road support, this emerging United side – the only clear danger to their promotion hopes – need the wind removed from their sails.

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Darren McGregor insists Hibs must seize their chance to turn the screw on their Championship title rivals by winning Friday night’s top-of-the-table clash with Dundee United.

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If the Easter Road side triumph at Tannadice they will be six points clear of the Tayside outfit, widely deemed to be their main challengers for first place.

McGregor knows that such an advantage would put his team in a commanding position heading into the festive period.

The centre-back said: “United is a big game, but that’s what you are in football for. I think at the start of the season people would probably have pinpointed Dundee United and ourselves as being the ones to contest for the top of the table.

“The league won’t be won in December. Football is so unpredictable to think a six-point gap would be enough to kick on, but if we get that six-point gap then there is definitely a mentality to maintain it.”

Both sides go into Friday’s match in good fettle, with United unbeaten in ten and Hibs undefeated in six.

McGregor added: “We are confident going into the game. We are on a good run of form. We’ve given ourselves a good solid base.”

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HIBS will begin their defence of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a fourth round away clash against either Dumbarton or Bonnyrigg Rose.

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Today’s draw handed the Junior outfit a massive incentive for when they take on the Sons in their replay at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium tomorrow week following a 0-0 draw on Saturday.

Hosting the Easter Road club, who ended their 114-year jinx by lifting the cup in May, would be a dream, money-spinning tie for the East Super League champions.

Hearts will travel to meet Championship outfit Raith Rovers, managed by former Jambos boss Gary Locke and featuring Tynecastle legend Rudi Skacel.

Should Edinburgh City overcome East Fife in tomorrow’s re-arranged fixture at Bayview, they will travel to Livingston in the fourth round.

And Spartans, who meet St Mirren at the Paisley 2021 Stadium tomorrow night, would be rewarded with a trip to Premiership outfit Dundee should they shock the Buddies.

William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round draw: Ross County v Dundee Utd; St Johnstone v Forres Mechanics or Stenhousemuir; Albion Rovers or Queen of the South v Celtic; Livingston v East Fife or Edinburgh City; Rangers v Motherwell; Aberdeen v Stranraer or East Kilbride; Elgin City v Inverness CT; Raith Rovers v Hearts; Kilmarnock v Hamilton; Bonnyrigg Rose or Dumbarton v Hibs; Brechin v Queen’s Park or Montrose; Partick Thistle v Formartine Utd or Annan Athletic; Stirling Albion v Clyde or Arbroath; Alloa v Dunfermline; Dundee v St Mirren or Spartans; Beith Juniors or Morton v Falkirk (Ties will be played on January 21-22).

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Hibs are close to breaking their record number of season ticket sales after the club revealed this term’s total currently stands 11,100,

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The record figure for the Easter Road club is 11,500 – including full and half season tickets – and the Ladbrokes Championship leaders hope that fans will continue to back Neil Lennon’s men as they bid to secure promotion to the Premiership.

If Hibs can top the 11,500 mark, it will break the record set during the 2007/08 season under Tony Mowbray.

Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster said: “Hibernian fans have consistently shown their determination to play their part in achieving promotion, which is really gratifying.

“As well as purchasing season tickets in such high numbers supporters have grown their ownership stake in the Club from two per cent to more than 30 per cent – way ahead of almost every other club in Scotland in terms of supporter ownership.

“On top of this supporters elected two of their own to hold positions on the Board of Directors at the Club for the last two years, and the process is now under way for supporters to vote for who they want to fill the positions for the next period.

“We are moving forward as one and I thank them all – every penny they commit allows us to ensure we do everything we can to achieve our primary aim of promotion this season.”

Half season tickets start from £15 for a child and £175 for an adult. Full prices can be found on the club’s official website.

Click here for the latest Hibs results, fixtures and stats>>>

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So, here we are. 191 days since Hibs broke the biggest jinx in Scottish football history, Scottish Cup interest returns for the big two in Edinburgh football as the draw is made for the fourth round of the competition this evening.

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Hibs go into the draw – to be made at 6.35 tonight – in the highly unusual position of holders. The odds on Neil Lennon’s men doing the unthinkable again are 33/1. The bookies aren’t taking any chances, installing the Hibees as joint-sixth favourites despite their Championship status. Hearts, on the other hand, go in as fourth favourites at 14/1, and for perhaps the first time in a generation, the onus is probably more on them than Hibs to do something tangible in this competition.

With the monkey finally off their back, ending 114 years of hurt and mockery, Hibs will go into this cup campaign in relaxed mood. Of course they’ll want to win it, and Neil Lennon’s men, draw dependent, will put up a good fist of defending their silverware, but the Easter Road outfit need promotion more than a second Scottish Cup title. Dining at the top table of Scottish football and playing Aberdeen rather than Ayr is highest on the agenda. Last year’s runs to the League and Scottish Cup finals ultimately derailed their promotion bandwagon. There really can’t be failure on that front this time around.

Hearts’ relationship with this trophy has been pretty wretched since they dismantled Hibs 5-1 in the final back in 2012. There are mitigating circumstances for their dismal record in the past four years, most notably a succession of cruel draws. The season after they last won the trophy, they were handed a trip to Easter Road to play an improved Hibs team hell-bent on revenge for their Hampden humiliation. A 1-0 defeat ensued. The following campaign, they were paired with Celtic and lost 7-0 with a team full of kids as administration lashed the club, and, as luck would have it, they got the same team again in 2014/15, this time losing 4-0.

Last season, the draw didn’t get any easier. This time, at least, Robbie Neilson’s men made it past the first hurdle, defeating Aberdeen 1-0 at a packed Tynecastle. The fifth-round draw pitted them with Hibs again, this time at Tynecastle, and despite a division separating the two teams, Hearts squandered a 2-0 lead at home in the last ten minutes, drawing 2-2 and then losing the replay 1-0 across the city. The rest is history.

It would therefore be fair to suggest that Hearts need to right some wrongs in the Scottish Cup. Neilson, who until Saturday’s 3-0 win over Motherwell was being put under immense scrutiny and pressure from the Jambo faithful, doesn’t have a good cup record since taking the reins at Tynecastle in 2014. The furthest he’s got in any competition is the quarter-finals and for a club of Hearts’ stature, that’s not really enough, even in lieu of some tricky ties.

They’ll certainly want an easier ride than the past two campaigns. A home draw is always what managers want, but if Hearts can get anybody bar Celtic on their own patch, they’ll fancy it. They are due a smaller team, however. Perhaps Elgin City at home, or a nice day out away at the winners of Queen’s Park and Montrose. Or even a non-league team in Gorgie. After all, the last time they got one of them in their first match (Auchinleck Talbot), their name was etched on the trophy a few months later.

As for Hibs, it would be a shade embarrassing if they relinquished their grip on the trophy at the first hurdle, especially if it were to be a team ranked beneath them. It would be good, from a neutral perspective, to see the current Hibs crop up against Premiership opposition, especially considering their record against such foes last season, defeating Aberdeen, Hearts, Dundee United (twice), St Johnstone and Inverness in knock-out games. A cup run, but bowing out at the latter stages, would be a respectable outcome, because surely, surely, lightning can’t strike twice, in both cup and promotion terms. Achieving the latter this time around has to be the priority.

Tonight’s draw also includes three other teams from the Lothians. Super League champions Bonnyrigg did so well to draw with Dumbarton and probably should have won the tie on the balance of play. The replay is a week tomorrow. One can’t help but feel their chance has come and gone, but perhaps being pitted against a big fish would spur the Junior side on even further. Edinburgh City travel to East Fife tomorrow to play their postponed tie and having faced Premiership and Championship opposition already this season in the Betfred Cup, they’d no doubt be happy with a plum draw. Spartans, the last of the trio, have it tough tomorrow away at St Mirren, who although marooned at the bottom of the Championship are still several levels above Dougie Samuel’s men. Spartans have a knack of doing well in this competition, but a win in Paisley would be their biggest achievement. A fitting reward for that, if it happened, would surely be one of the Old Firm or Hibs and Hearts.

I’ll leave you, finally, with the prospect of an Edinburgh derby. Remarkably, Hibs and Hearts have met four times (including replays) in this competition since the beginning of 2012. Fate tends to pull them together, even when they are apart on league terms. The Scottish Cup has been so wacky and crazy in recent years for football in this city that you wouldn’t bet against another renewal come close of play tonight.

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Here’s what Hibees past and present have been doing away from Easter Road ...

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Collins on form at Crawley

James Collins will always be synonymous with one of Hibs’ worst-ever seasons. Signed for a reported fee of £100,000 from Swindon Town by Pat Fenlon to replace Leigh Griffiths in Hibs’ attack, the Easter Road men couldn’t have got a polar opposite if they tried. Collins only scored six goals in 40 appearances in Hibs’ relegation season of 2013/14 and his performances were dreadful. Perhaps the way Hibs played under Fenlon and then the catastrophic Terry Butcher didn’t help him, but since departing Edinburgh, he’s thrived as a handy striker in the English leagues. Seventeen goals at Shrewbury the season after leaving Hibs, 15 the following campaign with the Shrews and then Northampton before joining Crawley this summer. He’s banged in nine goals in 23 games for Town, the latest being the opener in a 3-2 win over Grimsby. Just maybe there was a player in there ... we just didn’t see at Hibs.

Donaldson on the mark at Birmingham

Another striker who has done his best work since leaving Hibs is Clayton Donaldson. A prolific goalscorer at Crewe and Brentford, he’s now in the Championship with Birmingham City, who are fourth and pushing for a play-off spot. Donaldson was on hand to put the Blues in front with a penalty as they won 2-1 away at Brentford.

Oxley wins fans over at Southend

Mark Oxley didn’t start his career especially well at Southend, with a few of the Shrimpers’ faithful wanting him out before he really had a chance to prove himself. It appears that he’s cemented his spot as Phil Brown’s No.1 and the supporters have taken to him too, with Oxley being named the fans’ man-of-the-match after a series of impressive saves helped Southend draw 0-0 away at Walsall.

How the loanees got on

None of the loanees played at the weekend. Sam Stanton and Oli Shaw weren’t picked by Dumbarton and Stenhousemuir respectively in the Scottish Cup – it’s unclear whether Hibs have told their clubs that they can’t play in the competition or not – while Jamie Insall was unable to build on last week’s goal as East Fife’s clash with Edinburgh City was postponed.

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Kevin Thomson is confident that Hibs’ midfield injury issues won’t derail their Championship title bid.

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Scotland internationalist John McGinn is out until the new year after undergoing an operation to deal with an ankle problem, while it remains to be seen how long Fraser Fyvie, who is a major doubt for this Friday’s top-of-the-table clash away to Dundee United due to a groin problem, will be sidelined.

In addition, James Keatings, who has been utilised in an attacking midfield role this season, is unlikely to be fit enough to return on Friday, while Dylan McGeouch, who should be available for the trip to Tannadice, is still to prove he has fully recovered from the hamstring problem which has plagued him this season. Neil Lennon could find himself heading to Tayside with Marvin Bartley and Andrew Shinnie as the only fully-fit senior central midfielders at his disposal, although the head coach also has the option of fielding academy prospect Scott Martin or moving centre-back Paul Hanlon forward if McGeouch is not deemed ready to start.

Former midfielder Thomson was part of the Hibs squad in the second half of last season and is confident they have the required resources to get through the festive period with minimal damage to their title hopes.

“John would be a big miss to any team because he is a powerhouse who drives the team on, but I think Hibs will be able to cope,” said Thomson. “The Fyvie situation makes it that bit harder because it’s never ideal to lose two good players in the same position, but that’s why you have a squad. It’s potentially a chance for Dylan to step up and remind people how good he is. If he’s fully fit, then they won’t miss the others because, in my opinion, he’s as good as anyone at the club. He’s a terrific player. He just needs that wee bit of luck to get a run in the team, so hopefully that happens this time round.

“Paul Hanlon could easily sit in there if need be. It’s not his natural position but you could rely on him to give you a performance. The only problem with having him in there is that he would probably be playing alongside Marv and neither of them are naturally attacking. Marv does most of his best work defensively but he’s a big powerful boy and he’ll relish the challenge of trying to push the team on in John’s absence.”

Thomson, who recently hung up his boots to focus on starting up his own football academy, believes this could also represent a good chance for Martin, the highly-regarded 19-year-old, to establish himself. “When I was a teenager, I got my opportunity after Grant Brebner failed a fitness test,” recalled Thomson. “That was my opportunity to shine and I didn’t look back, so you never know, this could be the opportunity Scott has been waiting for.”

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Sam Stanton will effectively complete a journey from one extreme to the other on the Scottish Cup glamour scale today.

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The on-loan Dumbarton midfielder’s last experience of the oldest tournament in the country involved being part of the victory celebrations after parent club Hibs ended a 114-year wait to get their hands on the trophy six months ago.

This afternoon he will run out for the Sons at New Dundas Park for a third-round match against Bonnyrigg Rose, the East Region Super League champions. A freezing day at a tight ground full of character in Midlothian will be a far cry from a packed-out Hampden in the May sunshine. Stanton, however, is relishing his trip into the relative unknown.

“It’ll be a test of character because none of the boys have played there and nobody really knows what it’s like,” he told the Evening News. “It’ll be a big game for both teams. We’re expected to win it but that’ll give Bonnrigg a lift. There have been plenty Scottish Cup games in the past where lesser teams have done well and got a result so it’ll be a tough game.

“I’m fine if it becomes a battle. It’s not necessarily my strongest point but I’m comfortable with that side of the game. It’ll be something different for everyone but we know they’ll be a decent side. It’s good to play different teams and get a new experience. I’m looking forward to it.”

Stanton got a taste of success in the Scottish Cup when he travelled to Hampden with Alan Stubbs’ squad for last season’s final against Rangers even though he was ineligible to feature after spending the second half of last season on loan with Livingston. As a Leith-born Hibs supporter, he was thrilled to be so close to the action on such a historic occasion for his club.

“It was an absolutely brilliant day to experience,” Stanton recalled. “I was with the squad throughout the build-up and on the day. I stayed over at the hotel so it was nice to be involved. I’d have loved to have played, but unfortunately I couldn’t because I’d been out on loan.

“Even though I wasn’t playing, I was still able to enjoy the day. I’m a Hibs fan so it was a day I’d wanted to see all my life. There was no way I wasn’t going to enjoy it. It would have been extra special if I’d been able to play in it, but it was still special for me and lots of people I know. I’d have been there as a fan even if I wasn’t a Hibs player, so it was an easy day for me to enjoy, regardless of not playing.

“I was in the dressing-room and on the bus after the game and went back to the party at Easter Road that night, which was great. I didn’t go on the open-top bus on the Sunday – I left that to the ones who were involved. But it was an experience I’ll never forget. As a Leith boy, it was a privilege just to be so close to it all.”

Stanton remains hopeful that he can re-establish himself at Hibs before his contract expires in 18 months. In the meantime, however, he is enjoying himself on a season-long loan at Dumbarton, where he has started each of the past seven matches. “It’s going well,” he reported. “We’re doing not too badly since I’ve been here and I’m enjoying playing regularly because that’s all I’ve wanted to do. I think my form’s been good. I’ve been playing well and playing pretty consistently so I’m happy. It’s good to get a run of games because that’s what I needed and I wasn’t guaranteed it at Hibs. The manager [Stevie Aitken] is very happy with the way I’ve been playing. It’s always nice when a manager thinks you’re doing well and has a bit of faith in you.”

Stanton remains desperate to force his way into Neil Lennon’s plans at Hibs, but insists he has had no problem maintaining motivation and a positive mindset in light of taking the perceived step down to join Dumbarton, a side who currently sit second bottom of the Championship.

“Dumbarton have shown faith in me, in terms of wanting to sign me and then playing me every week, which is all you can ask for,” said Stanton. “I just love playing football so no matter where I play, I’ll give everything. Hibs was the team I grew up supporting so that gave me even more of an incentive to do well, but I don’t feel any differently playing for Dumbarton.

“I still want to do as well as I can for myself and for Dumbarton. Dumbarton have got a very good squad with good professionals and I’m very happy playing for them.”

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Sam Stanton remains confident he can impress Neil Lennon enough to revive his Hibs career.

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After being cast as an unused substitute for the Easter Road club in the early weeks of the season, the 22-year-old midfielder took up the opportunity to join Dumbarton on a season-long loan at the end of the summer transfer window in order to get the regular game time he craved.

Stanton remains contracted to Hibs until summer 2018 and is hopeful that maintaining consistent form for the Sons in the Championship, allied to training three days a week at East Mains, will allow him to catch the eye of head coach Lennon and be granted one last crack at salvaging his career with his parent club next season.

“I always believe in myself and I definitely still feel I can play for Hibs again,” the academy graduate told the Evening News. “When I was going out on loan, Neil Lennon told me it was up to me. He knew I wanted to play games and didn’t really want to be on the bench every week so he gave me a lot of support and helped me get out on loan. He said all the time that I was welcome to stay at Hibs, so it makes it easier going on loan knowing that you’ve not been forced out. That gives me hope that I can still get back into the Hibs team.

“Even now, I firmly believe I could play for them. I don’t have any doubt in my mind that I’m good enough.

“It’s just a case of hopefully getting that opportunity again and if I do get it, I need to take it.”

Lennon said when he first took over from Alan Stubbs in June that he rated Stanton, but, after a loan spell at Livingston in the second half of last season, the midfielder’s chances of re-establishing himself at his boyhood club were always likely to be limited by the fact Hibs boast several highly-regarded players in his position, such as John McGinn, Dylan McGeouch, Marvin Bartley and Fraser Fyvie. Nonetheless, he feels he has more chance of winning over Lennon than he did towards the end of Stubbs’ reign.

“I’ve got two opportunities to impress because I’m still training with the Hibs first team on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and then I’m playing regularly for Dumbarton at the weekend,” he explained.

“At Livingston last year it was different because I was training full-time with them, so I only had the games to impress. If Hibs weren’t seeing the games, there was no chance of catching their eye, so this year I feel like I’ve got an advantage in terms of getting back into the Hibs team at some point because even if they’re not seeing my games, they’re still seeing me in training.”

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LIVERPOOL boss Bill Shankly was preparing a dossier on Hibs for the clubs’ Fairs Cup meeting and this match led him to comment: “I thought it was a very brutal game. There was terrible feeling in it, but the match was very interesting. We saw all we wanted to see.”

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The result gave Hibs their first home league victory over Rangers for six seasons. It was an extremely tough game with bookings for Jim Blair, John Graham and Willie Henderson and a fifth ordering-off for Willie Johnston.

Hibs exposed the limitations of a Rangers side which did not look remotely like championship material. The most striking point about Hibs’ 3-2 win was their staying power on a glue-pot surface. They ran super-fit Rangers into the ground and came from behind on two occasions to snatch the winner with six minutes left.

It was never a contest of skill because of the needle, but Hibs had an immense leader in Pat Stanton, an outstanding sweeper in John Blackley, and a real warhorse in young Billy McEwan, who typified the spirit in the team with a non-stop performance. But Hibs can put out an even stronger team, which raised hopes for their Fairs ties with Liverpool.

Jim Blair doubled his goal 
tally to four with two smartly-taken equalisers. Jet-paced Arthur Duncan caused a lot of trouble in the Rangers back division and supplied a wonderful cross to the far post for Blair’s second goal. Hibs’ defence conceded two bad goals and the Ibrox wingers were given a great deal of room at times. The ball was deflected when Johnson’s cross eluded Roy Baines for the opening goal in 34 minutes. It slithered through the mud to Johnstone, who tapped in.

Blair equalised six minutes later after an Jimmy O’Rourke shot was blocked.

Henderson was booked for a foul on Stanton, and a rough contest became rougher. Just on half-time there was a flare-up between Sandy Jardine and Arthur Duncan. While players milled around, referee Gordon turned his back and signalled half-time.

But, at the start of the second half, he spoke to the two players for all of ten minutes. This was too hot to handle for Mr Gordon, as it turned out, in a cracking second half.

Bang on the hour, a defensive blunder left Colin Stein through to sidefoot Rangers into the lead again. But, as the fog swirled, Hibs produced another Blair goal before the big blow-up. Even in the mist it was clear that Johnston punched Blair on the face in 75 minutes as a free-kick was about to be taken.

The tearful Johnston ran off and there was a real hullabaloo around the referee. Blair was booked for his part in the incident. So Hibs had a spare man. A shocking offside decision against winger Duncan did not deter them and Graham clinched the match after a rousing attack initiated on the left.

Hibs: Baines, B Duncan, Schaedler, Blackley, Black, Stanton, Graham, O’Rourke, McEwan, Blair, A Duncan.

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