SCOTT ROBERTSON reckons Hibs should have just one goal over the coming weeks – and that’s to score more of them, starting tomorrow against St Johnstone.
The midfielder not only wants to add to the solitary strike that he has bagged so far this season, but he is also keen to see his team-mates weighing in with goals from all over the pitch to help Hibs force their way up the table.
Manager Terry Butcher has set his side a target of four wins from their next four matches, but Robertson knows that to get those points in the bag, they have to start turning their chances into goals.
Hibs kick off their festive fixtures against the Saints at Easter Road before facing Ross County, Kilmarnock and Hearts over the following ten days.
Robertson would love to get three points on the board against Tommy Wright’s men, whom they have already beaten in the league this season.
While they played well enough in the narrow 1-0 defeat by Celtic last weekend, they could not convert any of their chances – and that has been a common theme this season.
Hibs have scored a total of just ten goals in the 16 Premiership matches they have played so far and Robertson is keen for the Hibs players to become more deadly in front of goal.
He includes himself in that assessment and said: “Results are the main thing in this business. If we can get those four wins that the manager is looking for over the Christmas and New Year period then hopefully it can help propel us to where we want to be.
“We know that we are the lowest scoring team in the league right now, so we know that we need to start scoring more regularly – and from all areas of the park.
“I include myself in that. I’d love to add more goals to my game. I’ve only scored once this season so far, but it’s not for the want of trying.
“In fact, I think that I am probably the player who has had the most shots at goal without the best goal return.
“That’s been a bit disappointing, but I am sure that the goals will come. I have been a bit unlucky at times and have been denied on more than a couple of occasions by good saves from goalkeepers. You’ve got to just keep going though, and I am sure that, come the end of the season, I will have a few more goals to my name too.”
Butcher has been in position for only a few short weeks, but Robertson believes that he can already see signs of the manager’s influence being imposed on the side.
With the January transfer window just around the corner, Robertson knows that there may be changes afoot at Easter Road as Butcher looks to mould his own team.
Butcher himself has hinted that he has plans to bring in a few new faces, but Robertson reckons the pressure that comes with the threat of added competition can only be good for the club.
He continued: “I think everyone can see a change. The organisation and the instructions that we are given and the game-plan that we are to approach these matches with are very clear, and I think that everyone can see that translating on to the pitch.
“With the January transfer window coming up, there will be a few new players coming into the club and there could be a bit of a turnover because that would mean a few of the boys moving on too.
“Pat Fenlon’s favourite player might be Terry Butcher’s least favourite player, for all we know, and vice versa.
“Paul Cairney hasn’t played much this season – although obviously he had a period out injured – but he has come straight into the side under the new man.
“These kind of things happen and things can change in the blink of an eye.
“It has happened for Paul and it has been great for him so far.
“Come January, the manager will have his own ideas of how he wants the side to look and, between him and the chairman, I am sure they will be looking to add a few new faces here and there.
“That does put a bit of an added pressure on the boys who are already here because everyone wants to be involved, but that just makes sure that everyone is on top of their game and that can only be good for the club.”
Tommy Wright’s men have won five out of their last seven matches and currently sit in sixth place in the table, four points ahead of Hibs – having played one game less.
Robertson warned that Saints will be no pushovers, adding: “We’ve got home advantage and we will prepare properly for this match, the manager will make sure of that.
“We have already beaten them this season and we would love to get another victory over them this weekend.
“We know that we can do it. We know that they have got threats we need to take care of. They have a lot of good players in their side and we know that we can’t afford to switch off at any point during the game or they will punish us.”
Reiterating Butcher’s desire to chalk up four wins from four matches, Robertson adds: “He is just an honest guy – and I am sure that the four teams that we are going to be coming up against are going to be looking for the same thing.
“They’ll all be out to take points from us. it’s a busy period of football and it can be a great boost going into the New Year with a few extra points on the board.
“If we play the way that we have been in the last few games, though, we will give ourselves every chance of getting a few positive results under our belts.”