Wow! What a great Christmas present that was on Saturday for all Hibs fans.
What Alan Stubbs’ men produced against Rangers was the complete performance and one of our most impressive for a number of years.
There will be a lot of talk regarding the Glasgow club’s current off-field predicaments playing their part in the margin of our victory, but that is utter nonsense. We simply outplayed and outfought a Rangers side which, I believe, have given up their fight to the cause.
Our standard of play was of the highest quality and that was reflected in the ovation the players received at full time from the supporters and rightly so.
The goals we scored were not only clinical but well-worked and it was good to see some arrogance from the Hibs players when on the attack against the Ibrox men.
Young Scott Allan is proving to be a real find for the manager and was the architect of most things Hibs created all afternoon.
Maybe he is finally about to kick-start his career and what better way to do that than being part of the squad at Easter Road. But for me, the signing of David Gray has been the manager’s best piece of business. His general awareness and commitment to the game are exceptional and, although still not fully fit, his leadership is there for all to see.
I would expect us to build on this result and if the deficit proves too much to claw back on our local rivals Hearts at the top, then we should be aiming for no lower than the runners-up spot.
Our record in Capital derbies at Tynecastle isn’t great, but I believe we can head across the city with a good deal of confidence.
Hearts remain unbeaten in the league this season and will be confident themselves of sending their own supporters home happy, but I feel we are more than equipped to inflict their first defeat of the season. It is all set up to be a real cracker in Gorgie.
In the meantime, I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year when it comes.