Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has insisted he has no concerns about having allowed his players an entire week off, culminating in their Christmas party last night.
The head coach admitted his squad were a little surprised to learn the length of the break he was giving them, having hinted in the build-up to last weekend’s match against Alloa Athletic that they’d be getting a few days to themselves – depending on the result.
Jason Cummings’ 14th goal of the season made it 15 matches undefeated for the Edinburgh club as they hauled themselves level with Rangers at the top of the Championship table and, with no game this weekend, Stubbs held true to his word.
He said: “I don’t think they’d have been expecting it but this was the last opportunity to give them some time off with the next international break not until March. It gave them the chance to do quite a few things, to organise their Christmas, get their shopping done or whatever they wanted to do – it was up to them – and to have their night out together. I’d mentioned it a couple of days before the Alloa agame that they could expect quite a few days off if they got the result and I don’t go back on my word. The thing is that you can only do that if there is an element of trust and I trust the players. They know how to live their lives, what their bodies need so there’s no problems with it.”
Nevertheless, a number of the players have turned up at the club’s East Mains training centre to maintain their fitness. Stubbs said: “That option was available to them. We’ve had members of staff here all week in case any of them came in and we’ve had a few popping in and out.”
The trip to Morton next weekend presents Hibs with the chance to extend their unbeaten run to 16 matches, but Stubbs wants to see it go far beyond that figure.
He said: “We want to make it as many as possible, that’s the mindset. We’ve a strong group – they know what’s expected of them.
“We want to keep up to that level as much as possible. There will be times when they are going to dip but the aim is not to dip so low that it affects our performance.”