As expected, the trip to Tynecastle was never going to be an easy one given the circumstances of both clubs at this moment in time.
Confirming Hearts’ relegation to the Championship was all the motivation the players needed but, more significantly, three points to our own tally would have virtually secured top-flight football for next season.
After such a disastrous opening which saw Hearts gain the lead, and although we huffed and puffed thereafter, we never really got to grips with the game and a distinct lack of quality in our attacking play became evident. Our position is simply becoming more precarious by the week and, like it or not, we have been sucked into a battle to avoid the relegation play-off spot given the other results this weekend.
We look a side extremely low on confidence and this is a huge concern when you take into account the fight we have to stay in the league. The players have a huge task on their hands, a job which requires courage and character – the two attributes the current Hibs side haven’t shown for a number of weeks now.
The longer our winless run continues, the more pressure is added each week and there aren’t too many experienced individuals in the squad who have encountered such a predicament. Terry Butcher has given us fans his assurances there will be a brighter outlook next season with an overhaul of the current squad and better quality of player. But with quality comes a price and we must back the manager in the transfer market to recruit the type of personnel we all want to see in the green-and-white of Hibs.
I am sure Terry Butcher, however, will retain his focus on more pressing matters and will just have to make do with the players he has at his disposal to see the job through. We face another difficult fixture against Aberdeen next Monday at Easter Road where you can be sure the Dons will fancy their chances of taking all three points in their pursuit of finishing ‘best of the rest’ behind champions Celtic. Depending on the outcome of this weekend’s results, the match against the League Cup winners might just become more daunting than it already is.