With Rangers looking strong, this was always going to be a season in which we couldn’t afford many slip-ups if we are serious about winning the title.
Saturday was a definite slip-up, though. I didn’t expect us to lose, and I think most Hibs fans probably thought we’d beat Dumbarton, but it just shows that we can’t take it for granted that us and Rangers are going to have everything our own way.
This is such an important season for Hibs because we simply can’t afford to have a third season in the Championship. That would leave us so far behind the top clubs in the country. Already we’re up against it, but nobody at the club should be panicking.
There’s a lot of negativity around just now, with the Scott Allan affair and the start we’ve made to the season, and that will only go away when we start winning games.
It’s okay playing decent football, but the game’s about winning and that’s something we’ve got to get to grips with. We need to get four or five wins on the board as early as possible and give ourselves a chance.
With a trip to Rangers looming, it’s imperative that we beat Morton this weekend and get off the mark. Saturday’s defeat has put us under pressure but, if we were to beat Morton and then win at Ibrox, which is not beyond possibility, the whole situation changes and suddenly Hibs are the team in the ascendancy psychologically. It’ll be a real test of character, though.
The Allan situation can’t be an excuse for the slack start. Of course, it doesn’t help anyone at the club having the uncertainty about whether he will stay or go, but it shouldn’t affect the other players. They should just be professional and focus on their own game.
Saturday’s defeat shouldn’t prompt the manager into a massive panic regarding the state of his squad. I’m sure he’ll still be pretty happy with what he’s got, especially when everyone’s fit and the new boys gel in.
• On a happier note, I had a great night at the St Patrick’s Hibs supporters club’s 140th anniversary of the founding of Hibs last Thursday. Myself and Keith Wright were grateful to be invited along to such a landmark occasion.