Michael Weir: Semi secured – now claim second

Jason Cummings and Sam Stanton celebrate against Berwick. Pic: Jane Barlow
Jason Cummings and Sam Stanton celebrate against Berwick. Pic: Jane Barlow
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The excitement is set to build in the coming weeks after Hibs secured their spot in the Scottish Cup semi-finals yesterday with a convincing victory over Berwick Rangers at Easter Road.

There’s no disputing the draw has been very kind to us this season and the players have gratefully accepted the invitation to reach this stage of the competition.

An upset never looked on the cards yesterday, although our opponents did acquit themselves well and showed some promise in the final third with former Easter Road youngster Lee Currie making a nuisance of himself.

However, Lewis Stevenson’s neat finish so soon after Jason Cummings had given Alan Stubbs’ side the lead appeared to knock the stuffing out of the League Two oufit and from then on, Hibs looked in control.

Even though the players were expected to see off a Berwick side with relative ease, it only takes a lapse in concentration for the opposing team to pounce.

But now the supporters have another day out at Hampden to look forward to while we are one step closer to winning the most sought-after prize at the club.

For Stubbs to guide his players to the last four of the Scottish Cup is a great achievement and testament to the efforts of all the coaching staff he has brought to the club.

However, there is still one hurdle to overcome in Falkirk before we can start to dream of another final date in May.

With Rangers failing to take maximum points against Cowdenbeath on Saturday, it’s been an all-round good weekend for the club and has considerably boosted our chances of finishing second behind Hearts.

With the Championship’s bottom side Livingston due at Easter Road on Wednesday evening and a weekend trip to the Blue Brazil on the horizon, the opportunity to claim six points couldn’t be any greater.

However, with those particular two sides fighting for their lives at the foot of the table and time slowly ebbing away in their quest for survival, it may not be as straightforward as the table suggests.