Hibernian Ladies have been dealt a massive blow after boss Willie Kirk announced he will be quitting the club at the end of the month.
His acceptance of a role as high performance manager at the Girls/Womens National Performance Centre signals the end of four years in the Easter Road hotseat. Kirk’s departure comes as a shock to the Hibees who have regularly challenged for honours under his charge.
Ahead of Hibs’ Scottish Cup clash with Mill United at Fairhill Park, Hamilton, tomorrow (kick-off 12.30pm), Kirk said: “It’s an exciting opportunity and one I felt I had to take for my own personal development.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I leave Hibernian after four fantastic years which has included many more highs than lows.
“I have worked with a lot great players during this time and I am sure the girls will go on to bigger and better things.
“My last game will be against Glasgow City at the end of the month but before then we have Mill United and we can’t allow anything to distract us from that. The girls want to go on a run in this competition and are aiming to at least reach their second final of the season.”
Elsewhere, Hutchison Vale aim to put a couple of disappointing recent performances behind them when they face Riverside at Saughton Enclosure (kick-off 3pm).
Meanwhile, Spartans’ opponents Cowdenbeath withdrew from the competition, allowing the Ainslie Park girls free passage into the third-round.