Michael Weir: Hibs team starting to look strong

Jason Cummings celebrates after giving his side a two-goal lead against Raith
Jason Cummings celebrates after giving his side a two-goal lead against Raith
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After a disrupted beginning to the season, we are starting to see the importance of Alan Stubbs getting his strongest team out on pitch.

After a disrupted beginning to the season, we are starting to see the importance of Alan Stubbs getting his strongest team out on pitch.

For one reason or another, the Hibs team that started the season was nowhere near being the one the manager would have wanted. Now that he’s got his new faces in and some key men fit again, we’ve been able to give ourselves a decent platform to kick on when we return to action against Alloa after the international break.

Because of losing two of our first three league games, we can’t afford many more slip-ups but Saturday’s win bodes well in that regard because it was against a Raith Rovers side who were going particularly well and who had drawn twice against us at Easter Road last season.

Getting James Keatings back, in particular, made a difference. We saw the importance of taking your chances at Ibrox last weekend, and he showed on Saturday that he’s got that clinical edge we’ve been crying out for. He’s a goal-scorer with a good pedigree and if we can keep him fit, he’ll definitely deliver goals for us.

It looks like the defence has recovered from losing six goals against Rangers in the Petrofac Cup game. Since then, they have kept four clean sheets and, now that they’re up to speed and playing with a more settled midfield in front of them, they look a lot more secure.

The signing of Darren McGregor will just improve that department of the team further. He’s a player I know well as Keith Wright and myself gave him his debut at Cowdenbeath. I always felt he had something about him, but he’s had to show real character to overcome some big setbacks in his career.

He’s definitely a player the Hibs fans will be happy to have - what you see is what you get with him. He’s a great signing.

As well as our league campaign, we’ve got a mouthwatering League Cup tie against Aberdeen at home to relish. Facing a top Premiership side will give us an idea of how far we’ve still got to go in order to be ready for going back into the top flight. They’re going really well and they don’t lose many games, but we gave Dundee United a run for their money last year so we’ve definitely got a chance. There’ll be a good crowd at Easter Road and, in a one-off tie, we’re well capable of causing an upset.