Terry Butcher today insisted Hibs are up for the scrap in their bid to avoid the relegation play-off spot, saying “bring it on” after Aberdeen left the Capital last night with all three points courtesy of a 2-0 victory.
Niall McGinn’s brace was enough to see off the Easter Road side, who failed to register a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes, Butcher being dealt a bad hand just minutes before kick-off when Paul Heffernan had to withdraw from the starting XI after suffering a groin injury in the warm-up and being replaced by James Collins.
With the Hibees failing to make the most of their game in hand over their bottom-six rivals who all played at the weekend, there are now just four points separating second-bottom Partick Thistle and Butcher’s men with five games to go.
But the Hibs manager is adamant both he and his players are ready to embrace the challenge of ensuring that at least one of Edinburgh’s clubs remain in the top-tier of Scottish football.
“We’re in a scrap and I’m very much up for it, so bring it on as far as I’m concerned,” Butcher said. “For me, it tests your character and tests your mettle. That’s what we have to make sure of, that our character is stronger than the other teams now. We’ve got games against teams we have already beaten this season, but games we can look forward to. I hope they [the players] are, but I’ve got confidence they will be.
“I’m not worried, but I am obviously concerned – we’re in a position where we don’t want to be. But we’ve got a slightly better goal difference than the others and in the corresponding fixtures we’ve had against those sides, we’ve done well and picked up points, so I am very confident we can do that.”