Hibs star Ryan McGivern has backed strikers James Collins and Rowan Vine to get among the goals, despite the Easter Road outfit having failed to score in four competitive matches so far.
Those games have all ended in defeat for Pat Fenlon’s side, prompting increasing speculation as to the manager’s future, with one poll on a fans’ website indicating that 95 per cent of the 500 plus who voted want the Irishman out.
The sight of Leigh Griffiths netting twice for Wolves at the weekend merely served to highlight the lack of goals, with 11 having been conceded between those Europa League matches with Malmo and the opening two games of the new SPFL season against Motherwell and Hearts.
Collins scored 18 times for Swindon Town last season, a record which prompted Hibs to pay a reported £200,000 for the 22-year-old, although his arrival came after those clashes with Malmo, while former St Johnstone star Vine missed the opening league game through suspension.
As a result, the pair teamed up for the first time in Sunday’s derby without over-troubling Hearts keeper Jamie MacDonald, leaving Callum Paterson to claim the game’s only goal.
But today McGivern insisted it won’t be long before both Collins and Vine get on the goal trail. The Northern Ireland defender, who is in Belfast for his country’s rescheduled World Cup qualifying match with Russia, said: “We see them in training and I think it’s only going to be a matter of time before they kick in and get a bagful of goals for us. Unfortunately it didn’t happen on Sunday, but it will.”
Meanwhile, Hibs’ Under-20 side play Aberdeen at Livingston’s Energy Assets Arena this evening (kick off 6pm) and face Kelso United in the East of Scotland League on Thursday at East Mains (kick-off 7.15pm).