Young Hibs hope Hearts can help them

Falkirk's Luke Leahy battles with Tom Gardiner. Pic: Lisa McPhillips

Falkirk's Luke Leahy battles with Tom Gardiner. Pic: Lisa McPhillips

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Hibs will be hoping for a helping hand from Capital rivals Hearts tonight as they seek to tighten their grip on the Scottish Premiership’s Under-20 title.

The Easter Road kids head the table by three points from Celtic as they prepare to face Hamilton at Livingston’s Energy Assets Arena (kick-off 6pm), but the Hoops, who play Hearts youngsters at New Victoria Park, Newtongrange (7pm), have two games in hand.

Rangers, Hearts’ SFA Youth Cup final opponents, lie four points further adrift having played three games fewer, but James McDonaugh’s side will be aiming for all nine points from their remaining games with fingers crossed both Celtic and Rangers, who have still to face each other again, slip up along the way.

Hibs haven’t lost since going down 2-0 to Rangers at the end of January and lifted their hopes of clinching the title last time out as they defeated Celtic 2-0, their second victory of the season over the Glasgow outfit extending their unbeaten run to 11 games.

And central defender Tom Gardiner, who made the move north to Edinburgh from Tottenham Hotspur last summer, insisted he and his team-mates are up for the challenge with Dunfermline (away) and Kilmarnock (home) to follow tonight’s fixture.

The 19-year-old said: “We’ve always got the chance. It was great to get the second win of the season against Celtic and if we just kick on with the last three games you never know what will happen.”