Fenlon wants back-to-back wins in Hibs openers

Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon. Picture: Jane Barlow
Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon. Picture: Jane Barlow
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HIBS manager Pat Fenlon admitted today that his side couldn’t have asked for a more mouth-watering start to the new season.

The Easter Road outfit open their domestic campaign at home to Motherwell, who finished second behind champions Celtic last season, on Sunday, August 4.

They follow that up with a short trip across the city the following weekend to take on rivals Hearts in only the second round of SPL fixtures.

But before those two games, Hibs also have a two-legged Europa League qualifier to look forward to.

And Fenlon believes that the opening games will whet Hibs’ supporters’ appetites.

Fenlon, whose players will report back for pre-season training tomorrow, said: “You couldn’t really ask for a better start to the season.

“We’re at home to Motherwell in the first match and I think that has got the potential to be a good game.

“And in the second game it’s the derby. We played Hearts in the second game of last season, only that one was at Easter Road.

“Hopefully we will have had a couple of European games before then and be up to speed.

“It is something to look forward to and hopefully we can set ourselves up nicely by getting a couple of good results.”

While Hibs’ preparations for the new season seem to be running fairly smoothly, Hearts were yesterday officially placed in administration.

Doubt over their long-term future remains but Fenlon is relishing the prospect of another trip to Tynecastle so early in the season.

He continued: “They are always good games. I think the players and the staff enjoy them as much as the supporters do.”