Terry Butcher today insisted Hibs’ battle to avoid a relegation play-off hasn’t stopped him planning for next season – in the Scottish Premiership.
The Easter Road boss is expected to conduct a radical summer overhaul of the squad he inherited from predecessor Pat Fenlon and, while his primary focus has been on securing Hibs’ top-flight status, he’s also been pursuing a number of potential signings.
While chief scout Steve Marsella has been clocking up the miles in search of fresh talent, Butcher himself has been south of the border on spy missions, exercises which, he revealed had left him happy with the progress being made.
Although new chief executive Leeann Dempster won’t be in place until the start of next month, Butcher, who has seven first-team players out of contract and the loan deals of Abdellah Zoubir, Daniel Boateng, Duncan Watmore and Danny Haynes coming to an end, was adamant that won’t prevent him continuing to identify players he believes can help revive Hibs’ fortunes next season.
He said: “Things are not on hold, we have players lined up and we have plans that have been ongoing and progressing for quite some time. I am pleased with the work we have done for next season, the way we are thinking about the Premiership for next season which we have to do. We have some good players lined up but you have to keep your lips sealed as to who you are watching.
“But, while we are making progress it’s important our focus is on these next three matches. We want to play well, pick up points and get ourselves over that line.”