Alan Maybury today urged his Easter Road team-mates to grab their one last chance to avoid a relegation play-off after Kilmarnock’s 1-0 victory against St Mirren last night left Hibs facing a must-win showdown with the Rugby Park outfit on Saturday.
Kris Boyd’s strike was enough to see Killie leapfrog Hibs and leave Terry Butcher’s side a point adrift in 11th place on a night when Partick Thistle twice came from behind to beat Hearts 4-2 and assure themselves of Scottish Premiership football next season.
After Hibs passed up another chance to secure safety in losing 1-0 to Ross County the previous night, Maybury agreed the final game of the season was going to be a “real test of character” for the Edinburgh club, who have won just one of their past 17 league matches.
The veteran defender said: “We are disappointed because we have blown another chance to get ourselves out of this mess. It’s gone down to the last game, but we still have another chance, which is unbelievable.
“We have had endless chances, but we are still in the mix. It’s a real test of character and we need to find it somewhere inside ourselves. It’s about clearing our heads, dusting ourselves down and coming together. It’s about being positive, sticking the chest out. It’s make or break.”