Alan Stubbs today revealed he’s not been surprised at all in seeing Saturday’s opponents Morton occupying one of the promotion play-off places.
A single goal from Jason Cummings was enough to earn Hibs all three points against Jim Duffy’s side early in the season but, since then, the Cappielow outfit have climbed to fourth place in the Championship table.
And that, insisted Stubbs, makes this weekend’s trip to Greenock one to be regarded with caution even though his team are currently enjoying a run of 15 matches unbeaten.
The Easter Road head coach said: “I’ve seen Morton on a few occasions and I have been impressed. They are well organised, have some dangerous players and more often than not when you look at the table it doesn’t lie.
“They may have surprised some people, but not me. When we played them I got the impression they were going to do well in this division because of their personnel, their organisation and work-rate as a team.
“We are going to be have be on our mettle, at our best – I have no qualms saying that. We are in a good place right now but the only way to stay there is to keep our level of performance at a very high standard.”
Stubbs’ players returned to work after a week off following the victory over Alloa which hauled them level with Rangers at the top of the Championship but now, he insisted, it’s back to business. He said: “They’ve had a few days to rest and recover. They’ve had their down time and now it’s a case of getting back on the job.”
Hibs’ development team will face Dundee United at Brechin’s Glebe Park tonight (kick-off 6pm) bolstered by the presence of first-team squad members Farid El Alagui, Jordon Forster, Islam Feruz and Sam Stanton. Stubbs said: “They could do with some more game time to keep their fitness levels up.”
Meanwhile, Stubbs believes Callum Crane’s loan spell at Berwick Rangers will present him with the opportunity to gain some much-needed-first team experience. The 19-year-old has joined the League Two club on a short-term loan, initially until January 24. Stubbs said: “It’s a chance for him to go and sample what it’s like in the real world of the professional game and hopefully it will see him kick on. It will be a good experience for him.”