Maurice Malpas today insisted having Terry Butcher missing from the home dugout will make no difference as Hibs take on St Johnstone tomorrow seeking their first home win under the new management team.
Easter Road boss Butcher will serve a touchline ban for the visit of the Saints having only been partially successful in appealing the punishment imposed after falling foul of referee Kevin Clancy while manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle during an ill-tempered League Cup clash with Dundee United in October.
While the SFA’s appeals tribunal lifted the £1000 fine with which Butcher had also been hit, he’ll have to watch tomorrow’s game from the stand, leaving his assistant Malpas in charge of the home dugout.
However, it is a situation Malpas has confronted before and he’s adamant Butcher’s absence will have no impact. He said: “Terry sometimes sits in the stand to watch games anyway. It’s not the first time he’s been banned so we just get on with it. We know what we want to happen on the pitch and we will try to make it happen.
“We work together closely so it won’t be a case of me worrying if I have to change anything. I will just do it.”