Even though the manager has only been at the helm for seven months, he will appreciate just how important the Scottish Cup is for every Hibs supporter
I am sure the murmurings from the stands after Arbroath had taken the lead on Saturday would have reinforced that to Alan Stubbs and his coaching team.
You can understand the supporters’ frustration at going behind, though, particularly against a part-time outfit, but that’s what cup football brings to the table almost every year. Thankfully, we were able to rectify the situation and complete the job on the day.
It wasn’t our best display of the season but the most important thing is we are in the hat for the quarter-final draw.
We’ve suffered so many heartbreaks over the years regarding this piece of silverware but somehow find renewed optimism every season that we just might be on the verge of finally ending our hoodoo.
I don’t fear being drawn against any of remaining sides left in the competition and, although Celtic will be favourites to go on and lift the trophy in May, I’d like to think we would be more than capable of putting up a fight against them.
On the flip side, wouldn’t it be nice to see Spartans progress from their replay against Berwick Rangers and for the two Capital clubs to be paired together?
On Friday, we travel to Ibrox on league duty to face a club in complete meltdown with yesterday’s Scottish Cup defeat to Raith Rovers only adding to the club’s woes. It doesn’t seem that long ago I was putting together a piece complimenting the Hibs players on a resounding victory over Rangers a couple of days after Christmas. With this in mind, we should be more than confident of overcoming them again and grinding out the three points that would lift us above them into second in the table.
The Glasgow club do have three games in hand but I think another victory on Friday night would give us a huge psychological boost for the crucial run-in between now and the end of the season. We have the players at our disposal who will relish the task.