Hibs will be a ‘luxurious penthouse’

Terry Butcher with Hibs chairman Rod Petrie
Terry Butcher with Hibs chairman Rod Petrie
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Hibs boss Terry Butcher is preparing to make his first signings during next month’s transfer window, revealing he knows the areas of the team he wants to strengthen.

But, he admitted, the number of new arrivals will be decided by the current squad which, he believes, couldn’t have given him any more in terms of effort and commitment since he took charge at Easter Road five weeks ago.

Butcher is already on record as saying there won’t be wholesale changes in the coming weeks, but he’s determined to lay down solid foundations for the future, claiming: “We’re not going to build a two up, two down. We’re going to build a luxurious penthouse.”

While Butcher’s options are set to widen as Alex Harris steps up his rehabilitation as he prepares to return to action, the teenage winger having broken a bone in his ankle on the opening day of the Scottish Premiership season, and striker Paul Heffernan takes the first steps towards a comeback, he said: “We have always wanted to bring players in, there’s no doubt about that.

“How many we bring in will be governed by the players that are here. They are working their socks off, they really are.”

Butcher revealed he’s taking a three-pronged approach as he assesses exactly what is needed by casting an eye over the squad he inherited, looking at the quality within it and then deciding how it can be developed.

He said: “I do not think they can give us much more in terms of effort and commitment. We know the areas we want to add to. Alex Harris coming back will, I think, be tremendous. We don’t want to put too much pressure on the young lad, but he’s certainly one that adds pace to the side and I think if we can add a bit of pace there’s a lot to work on.

“It’s like you are building a house, strong foundations, a strong structure and then you add all the glamour bits and pieces. We are not going to build a two up, two down. We are going to build a luxurious penthouse.”