Michael Weir: Final three games will test Hibs nerves

Hibs captain Liam Craig. Pic: Toby Williams

Hibs captain Liam Craig. Pic: Toby Williams

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Our quest to remain in the Premiership is becoming more precarious by the week as we again suffered defeat by our great rivals.

Any derby loss is difficult to bear no matter the circumstances, but this particular setback could haunt the club for many years to come if we don’t find enough points in the remaining three fixtures to keep us above the relegation play-off spot.

However, if I am being totally honest, the situation we find ourselves in hasn’t just transpired overnight.

There has been a real decline at the club for a number of years now, when we have afforded other sides in the league the chance to progress in terms of the quality of player we have recruited in the market.

A former manager once said he felt he could cherry-pick players from the youth system for the first team, but quickly found out this not to be the case and was required to change his ways in terms of the players he selected in his starting XI. Had he continued to ignore the signs, he would most certainly have lost his job a lot quicker than he did.

We have discarded the importance of bringing proven, experienced pros to Easter Road for too long now. We need personnel who can handle the pressures of being in such a position and are equipped to get us out of this mess. I have always maintained that playing for either of the Capital sides is much underrated and there are standards that must be adhered to.

The final three fixtures are going to provide a very nervy ending for all Hibs supporters and I am sure that it will be the side that wants to stay in the league the most that will prevail. Talent is only a small part of what the squad is about to endure. Desire is what will get us over the line – and pride in our performances.

We need to be ready for anything that is thrown our way, and the media have really sunk their teeth into our demise.

But with so much at stake, Terry Butcher must get the balance correct between potential and experience. I once experienced this situation myself and I know how much it can dent your confidence.