Pat Fenlon today hailed Liam Craig for playing such a prominent role in Hibs’ impressive recent form.
The manager reckons there’s still plenty more to come from the free-scoring midfielder.
The former Falkirk and St Johnstone player has proved to be one of the Scottish Premiership’s signings of the season so far, chipping in with six goals as Hibs, on the back of five wins in their last seven games, have moved up to joint fourth in the league and into the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
It’s not just Craig’s goals which have delighted his manager, though.
“Liam’s goals as well as his general play has been important,” said Fenlon. “He’s a fantastic finisher for a midfielder. He’s got real ability and he’s been a big part of us getting decent results because he’s chipped in with some important goals. He’s been important for filling the creative void since, particularly, Alex Harris got injured. He’s good with both feet, but he can get even better.”
Fenlon knows he’ll need Craig and the rest of his team-mates to be at their very best today if Hibs are to have any chance of ending Celtic’s unbeaten start in the league at Easter Road.
He said: “You know when you play them that they’re going to have more possession than most teams so you’ve got to have a plan that nullifies their good players and also allows you to try and hurt them. You also need a fair bit of luck against them because they do get chances.
“Our performances in the league were decent enough against them last season, but they are a quality side.
“Some games in the league you’ll get away with a few players not firing on all cylinders, but against Celtic you need to make sure you’ve got probably at least ten players who are really at it.”
The manager knows his team will probably have to perform better today than they did last time out, when character rather than quality was the key to beating Partick at Firhill.
He said: “You’re going to have games like the Partick game.
“In the first game of the season against Motherwell, there was very little between the teams.
“I didn’t think we deserved to lose, a point would have been fair, but we lost and that can happen in this league where small margins can win or lose you games.
“When you don’t play well and you win games, it is a good sign. We showed a bit of character because Partick are a decent side.”