HIBS legend Pat Stanton is set to be one of the main speakers at tomorrow’s protest against Rod Petrie after throwing his weight behind the campaign to oust the under-fire chairman.
The Petrie Out rally will take place in the car park behind Easter Road’s main stand from 11am onwards.
Fans’ chief Mike Riley revealed last week that Stanton was “100 per cent” behind the campaign, and it was confirmed last night that arguably the club’s greatest-ever player will attend the rally.
Stanton will be one of three main speakers at the protest, along with campaign leaders leaders Paul Kane and Kenny McLean Jnr. The Hibs legend, who captained Turnbull’s Tornadoes in the 1970s, insists change is imperative at the club he loves after the ignominy of relegation.
The 69-year-old said: “I admire what Paul Kane and the campaign is doing and I’ll be there on Saturday. Someone had to stand up. Paul has done it and he is doing a great job. He has never wavered in his support and passion for Hibs as a player and a fan.
“Paul cares. That’s the difference and that’s what counts. He is doing it for the future of Hibs. All this week people have been stopping me in the street telling me they’ll be at the rally on Saturday at Easter Road. I’ll be there with them. You have to be very worried about the future and no-one can blame the fans for feeling the way they do. They have been very loyal and patient but the decline has not been over recent months.
“It has been coming over the last few seasons. The people running the club are very detached from the fans. The fans have been ignored for too long and kept at arm’s length. Now is the time to lower the drawbridge. The last thing fans wanted was it to turn into ‘us and them’. But that is what has happened and it is not the fans’ fault.”
Stanton is set to be joined at the protest by other former players, such as Keith Wright, Jackie McNamara Snr, Mickey Weir and Willie Hunter. A speech will be read on behalf of Proclaimers star Charlie Reid, who is unable to make the rally due to work commitments.