Nico in good nick for Edinburgh City title charge

Nico Gibson, centre, has scored five goals in four games since returning from injury and taking the striker's role. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Nico Gibson, centre, has scored five goals in four games since returning from injury and taking the striker's role. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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Nico Gibson has been a man in form for Edinburgh City in recent weeks, and he hopes to continue firing his team closer to the Lowland League title against Edinburgh University at Peffermill tomorrow.

Gibson is on run of five goals in four games and despite being forced to sit out last week’s win at East Kilbride with a minor knock, the former Aberdeen youngster feels he starting to show his best due to a prolonged run in the first team.

Playing in his natural position of centre forward hasn’t hurt his goal return after almost being permanently re-invented as a left wing back early in his City career. “With playing so regularly – I’ve played so many 90 minutes now – and getting match fit it has me in a position where I feel like I’m going to score goals,” he said. “I’m scoring in every game I play in now so it’s pretty good.

“Centre forward is definitely my most natural position. It’s where I’ve played my whole life apart from the past few seasons with City where I’ve been playing left wing back.

“Being back up front is something I’ve really enjoyed and I’m able to be a bit freer in that position. I actually said to Gary [Jardine, City manager]I quite fancied playing at left wing back so I went in and ended up doing quite well there. It became quite natural for me and I played there for pretty basically a full season but I definitely feel my attributes are best suited to playing up front.”

The frontman netted the only goal in City’s Lowland League win against East Kilbride two weeks ago before missing out on the same fixture last weekend in the South Challenge Cup.

Gibson was happy to save himself for City’s title push, and believes it’s now just a matter of time before they are conformed as Champions. “I had a slight niggle in my hip so thought it was best to just leave me out last week. I think the league’s a bit more important – I think we are going to win it now and it’s just a matter of time but it was still important to be fit for the run in so I didn’t want to risk getting injured.”

It’s often said that teams with a healthy lead at the top have to grind out the wins as they approach the finishing line, but Gibson doesn’t believe that’s been the case with City.

“I wouldn’t say we’ve been grinding out results – we’re just going about it the correct way with our performances and I think we’ve been doing that all season. The whole team from Andrew Stobie in goals right through – the amount of clean sheets we’ve had is unbelievable. When we do eventually win the league, even the games after that I think we’ll continue to do that. We want to go unbeaten so I don’t imagine our performances or style of play will change at all.”

If they want to achieve that objective, they’ll have to overcome an Edinburgh Uni side who have made it difficult for the top sides this season, and Gibson acknowledges the test the Students will provide. “They always seem to up their game against us. Every single time we play them it seems to be a tight game. The last game was the same – it was 1-0 we won after Peter Stenhouse scored. I’m hoping it’ll be a bit of an easier game this weekend although I’m sure it won’t be. We’ll have to compete and be at our best like always.”