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Hibernian have completed the loan signing of former Hearts full-back Faycal Rherras.

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The 24-year-old joins from Belgian side KV Mechelen until the end of the season and is clear to play in Sunday’s Edinburgh derby.

Rherras is familiar with Scottish football having signed a three-year deal with Hearts in 2017. He played only 23 games before falling out of favour once the club swapped managers and was freed from his contract.

The Belgian born defender is right-footed but prefers playing at left-back. He is remembered most for a spate of goal line clearances.

He said: “I am very happy to be joining Hibs, it is a move that I hope will work well for myself and for the club.

“I have played in Scotland before with Hearts, so know what the game is like here and enjoyed it a lot, especially as I know the city of Edinburgh well from my previous time here.

“The atmosphere at Easter Road in last year’s derby was something special - it left a big impression on me and hopefully I can experience similar in my time here.

“My goal is to try and play as much as possible. The squad here is good, but I would like to try my best to help the team during my time here and I can do that best by playing on the pitch.”

Rherras, who counts CS Visé and Sint-Truidense VV as former clubs, has represented the country of his parents, Morocco, twice and was in their 2017 African Cup of Nations squad.

Neil Lennon said: “Faycal is a very good player to be bringing into the squad, and brings with him a wealth of experience.

“He is only 24 and has a lot of good quality experience in the top-flight in Belgium and Scotland, as well as at international level.

“His previous experience in Scotland will no doubt be a positive as he knows what to expect from the league.

“We were looking to get some cover in at full-back, and Faycal comes in to provide strong competition which can only be good for the squad.”

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Efe Ambrose knows that whatever happens at Tynecastle tomorrow he can head for home safe in the knowledge there won’t be an angry mob waiting on his doorstep.

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For here in Scotland he can actually look forward to a derby, unlike his native Nigeria where, he freely admits, he’d happily use any excuse to escape playing when his club Kaduna United came up against their arch-rivals Ranchers Bees.

Abandoned matches, players beaten in the street and unable to get into their homes because they were besieged by supporters makes the abuse bandied about on Twitter pale into insignificance.

“When I was back playing in Africa,” said the defender, “there was a derby just like Hearts and Hibs, my team against the second best in the city.

“But you didn’t want to play in this game. You always found an excuse; you were injured or sick, something else. You knew it wasn’t worth playing because you would get beaten, you would get harassed. You couldn’t even get into your house because the fans would be there waiting for you.

“Africa is much more crazy. I was scared, really scared. The first time I was supposed to play in the derby, I didn’t go to training for a week just so I would miss the game.

“The fans, they are crazy. The security is not as good as it is here. They could follow you to your house and there would be no security.

“Here you can play the game and go home, knowing there won’t be some crazy fans waiting for you. Here, the worst you get is some abuse on Twitter. In Africa, they come to you direct.”

And, according to Ambrose, players got it from both sets of fans.

He said: “It was their fans. Well, your fans if you lose. Both sides. Sometimes they couldn’t even finish the games. They had to abandon play because of the fans fighting and everything. I heard a lot of stories from friends and team-mates about going home to find fans there – they mobbed them.

“This one was chased, that one was beaten on the street – you can see why I was scared. But, for me, I always found a way to run before the game.”

Derbies in Scotland appear tame in comparison and, insisted former Celtic player Ambrose, there seems to be a greater desire these days to play football rather than indulge in the “blood and thunder” of such occasions.

He said: “For the past few derbies it’s not been as crazy as it used to be, the Old Firm or the Edinburgh derby. Players now want to play football, show how good they are. The time for tackles, kicking, the cards, it’s changed a lot.

“You want to win, not think about breaking legs or trying to hurt someone, do something crazy just to appease the fans.

“We are all humans. We have to respect our opponents and protect them if you have to. That’s the way it should be.”

However, as he said, Hibs head across the city tomorrow looking to win, determined to extend their current run of nine matches unbeaten against their arch-rivals.

Conceding that previously the Jam Tarts have held the upper hand in Edinburgh, Ambrose said: “This is one of those games you want to play in, to compete in. Once it comes, you have to enjoy the moment – and win.

“Everybody wants to be the dominant team, everyone wants to beat their rivals. For the past few years, we’ve been the dominant side. For them now, they really want to get back to where they think they belong.

“I know their past history against Hibs. I’ve seen the head-to-head and I know that Hearts are still ahead of us but for the past few years they’ve not been able to beat Hibs.

“So it’s a game they really want to win – but that’s the same for us. We want it for the fans, for the club, to keep the winning streak going. We need that mentality.”

Asked if he felt Hearts had been “spooked” by Hibs’ recent dominance, Ambrose said: “That’s for them to answer. For us, we just keep doing what we are doing. If it means beating them every now and then, all the better.

“The better side usually wins and I think we’ve been the better side for the past few derby games. Hearts are still a good side. We have converted opportunities, they’ve had some chances too.

“We’ve defended very well, stuck to our game plans, stuck to our tactics and we are a good team. We have matched them strength to strength, power to power and stopped everything they have tried to put on us.”

While Hibs have that unbeaten run to protect, Hearts go into tomorrow’s Scottish Cup clash buoyed by having kept six consecutive clean sheets, an admirable record but one which Ambrose feels they are lucky to have given the Oli Shaw strike which was not given the last time the two met.

He said: “When they beat Celtic like they did, that shows they are not a bad side. They stopped the Celtic streak, they’ve had six clean sheets, I think they are unbeaten in nine. That’s a good team. But we’ve studied them, watched them, planned our tactics and prepared for this game. They were lucky the last time. If we play like that, we know we can 
score.

“We have strikers who can score, players who can create chances, so we’ve been working on that. The last game we had against them, we know 
we have to be better than that.”

Ambrose believes last week’s training camp in the Algarve has refreshed Lennon’s players and although he didn’t make the trip to Portugal following a visa problem, the 29-year-old insisted he’s just as ready for the first game of the year having spent the time training at East Mains. He said: “I trained with the Under-20s which was great. Working with the young ones is great because they are so tricky. You learn new things from them.

“You can never understand how they think, can’t predict what they are going to do because they’ve been taught the game differently.

“So it really helped me, I learned a bit. They are too tricky, too fast. I never know what they’re going to do. So that helped my concentration level having to chase them around the park, trying to figure out what they would do next.”

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Hibs boss Neil Lennon has refused to shed light on the future of Anthony Stokes amid claims the striker is heading for the Easter Road exit door.

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Stokes – along with Danny Swanson and Martin Boyle – was carpeted during the Edinburgh club’s winter training camp in the Algarve for breaking a curfew, the second time in only a couple of months he’d fallen foul of Lennon.

English League One side Charlton Athletic and a Polish outfit are understood to be ready to pay a fee for the 29-year-old, who is currently in his third spell with Hibs, his second having seen him score twice as Rangers were beaten to end the club’s 114-year Scottish Cup hoodoo.

But even the legendary status accorded him thanks to that day won’t, it appears, be enough to prevent him being off-loaded, having tested the patience not only of Lennon but the Easter Road board.

Lennon refused to answer any questions regarding Stokes’ situation, answering only “he might be” when asked if the former Republic of Ireland star would be in the squad for tomorrow’s Scottish Cup clash with Capital rivals Hearts. However, it is understood Stokes wasn’t at Hibs’ East Mains training base yesterday, casting serious doubt over his inclusion for the trip to Tynecastle.

The head coach, though, will be irked with Stokes providing an unwanted distraction on the eve of the derby, Hibs heading to Gorgie intent on extending their nine-match unbeaten run against Hearts.

It’s the third season in succession the Capital sides have been drawn together in the Cup, Hibs triumphing on each of the two previous occasions following a replay at Easter Road and Lennon believes his players are more than ready for a repeat performance. He said: “If we want to win the cup then we have to negotiate it. It is the only realistic chance of a trophy that we have left.

“If you are going to win the cup, you have to face all-comers along the way and the first one is Hearts away. We are not getting too excited, or too tense about it. We approach the game the way we always do and try to take the game to them as much as we can.

“It is a cup tie, a one-off game, anything can happen, but I think the players are fully focused and ready. They’ve handled the psychologoy of the game very well in terms of the build-up and the throes of the game as well. We’re pretty well equipped in that department and we can play a bit as well, too.” Lennon has flying winger Brandon Barker fit again after the on-loan Manchester City youngster picked up a knee injury in the last derby, a game from which Oli Shaw’s disallowed goal remains a major talking point with Lennon adamant his teenage striker is “owed one” tomorrow.

However, the Hibs head coach admitted the narrowness of the Tynecastle pitch means he’s unlikey to field both Barker and Boyle in his starting line-up, revealing he probably won’t make a final decision on that until he sees the conditions tomorrow.

He said: “We’ll have a look at it and have a think about how we will approach the game. We did that the last time.”

Swanson, meanwhile, seems set to leave Easter Road with St Johnstone keen to take the midfielder back to McDiarmid Park on loan until the end of the season, the 31-year-old having failed to recapture the form he showed in Perth after signing for Hibs in the summer.

Confirming a “genuine interest” in Swanson, Lennon said: “It is something which may rumble on. There has been an enquiry but nothing more at the minute.”

Lennon revealed there had been a enquiries regarding a couple of his players but, other than a rejected offer from Turkish side Elazigspor for striker Simon Murray, there had been no other confirmed bids.

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Hibs won a thriller and lost Des Bremner with a suspected collar bone break at Easter Road.

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Eddie Turnbull’s men, two down, fought back to turn round with a 3-2 lead. Once skipper Pat Stanton had increased their advantage fans breathed easy and Jimmy O’Rourke added another. Kilmarnock’s Jim McSherrey was ordered off in the second half after he and Alex Edwards had been booked earlier.

Hibs should have scored in their first attack when Eric Schaedler collected a pass from O’Rourke and centred to Alan Gordon, who seemed to have an easy job to head the ball past goalkeeper Jim Stewart. But it only brushed his forehead and dropped wide of the target. If that was an escape for the Ayrshire men, Hibs had one at the other end. After the referee had lectured Jim Black and Edwards for attempting to pull down Gordon Smith, the left winger won a corner which he lofted into the middle of the goalmouth and Morrison got no power into his side-footed effort.

The pitch was extremely soft and a strong wind was proving a problem already to both sides. Kilmarnock had not come with any defensive complex and their four forwards caused Hibs some worry before Stewart kept his team level with a magnificent save from Stanton. With 13 minutes gone, Kilmarnock ripped into the lead. A mix-up involving Bremner and Arthur Duncan enabled full-back Robertson to dash down the left and his cross was headed home by Eddie Morrison.

Five minutes later Killie struck again and Hibs were in big trouble, facing a two-goal deficit. Again the defence looked far from convincing as Morrison beat Jim McArthur with another header from a cross by Cook. Hibs needed a goal in double quick time and they scored in only 20 minutes. A Duncan cross was headed out to Edwards on the 18-yard line and he first-timed the ball past Stewart – his first goal of the season for Hibs and it couldn’t have been more welcome. Duncan might have grabbed the equaliser in this tremendous tie but his shot went over the bar.

Kilmarnock’s double shock had set Hibs quite a task and the fans were enjoying an absolutely all-action contest. Bremner had injured his shoulder as Kilmarnock scored their second goal and Bobby Smith came on as substitute right-back while Bremner was led inside with his arm in a sling. Stanton was spoken to after a clash with Robertson who needed treatment as Hibs poured on the power in a bid for the equaliser.

Then, just after Gordon had missed a possible chance, Hibs drew level in 37 minutes. Edwards chipped the ball in form the right and O’Rourke headed into the net.

Just on the stroke of half-time Hibs surged into the lead – O’Rourke and Gordon shoved the ball out to Alex Cropley whose header was blocked but only as far as John Blackley and his low drive from 20 yards skimmed into the net. No wonder there was a huge ovation for the teams as they left the field.

Hibs went straight on to the attack and they collected their fourth on the hour. Stanton took a pass from O’Rourke, bored in on goal and clipped a rising shot over the head of Stewart who was yards off his line. Hibs could enjoy themselves with the game wrapped up. Killie had lost their fight. They were totally over-run and, O’Rourke scored a fifth goal from a Cropley pass in the last minute.

Hibs: McArthur, Bremner, Schaedler, Stanton, Black, Blackley, Edwards, O’Rourke, Gordon, Cropley, Duncan. Subs: Smith, Munro.

Kilmarnock: Stewart, Whyte, Robertson, McSherry, Rodman, Maxwell, Cook, Fleming, Morrison, McCulloch, Smith. Subs: Stevenson, McDicken.

Att: 14,241

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Hearts host Hibs in yet another Scottish Cup tie - the third consecutive season the Easter Road side will make the short trip to face their city rivals. Patrick McPartlin looks at the biggest talking points ahead of the cup derby

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No Stokes without ire?

Before Friday morning, the biggest pre-derby story was undoubtedly Hearts’ acquisition of Steven Naismith on a loan deal until the end of the season. But late on Thursday, reports began to circulate suggesting that Anthony Stokes, Hibs’ mercurial marquee signing, may have played his last game for Neil Lennon’s side. A series of off-the-field incidents is said to have pushed the Hibs backroom staff to its limit, with rumours the former Celtic and Sunderland striker could be on his way out before the end of the January transfer window.

Stokes played the last 90 minutes for Hibs the last time the two teams met, but it remains to be seen if the Irishman has any involvement on Sunday.

Hibs defeated Hearts 1-0 without Stokes in October at Easter Road and furthermore, statistics show that Hibs have won just one league game in which Stokes has scored - last month’s 2-1 win over Ross County.

He also netted in the 4-1 loss to Aberdeen at Pittodrie, the 2-1 home defeat to St Johnstone, the 2-2 home draw with Motherwell, the 1-1 draw with Dundee at Dens Park and the 3-1 home loss to Hamilton.

Hibs aren’t without options up front if Stokes is ommitted; young striker Oli Shaw ‘scored’ in the last match between these two sides while Simon Murray, Martin Boyle and new loan signing Jamie Maclaren will be pushing for a starting spot.

Lithuanian forward Deivydas Matulevicius, who came on as a substitute during December’s fixture despite being told earlier that month that he was free to leave, could also be named in the squad if Stokes isn’t included.

Naismith v Maclaren

On the subject of strikers, Steven Naismith and Jamie Maclaren could both play a part in Sunday’s match. Both have signed short-term loan deals from Norwich City and SV Darmstadt 98 respectively.

Naismith has already spoken of his desire to be playing regularly, after falling out of favour at Norwich and battling injury.

Maclaren, too, is eyeing game time but is also targeting a place in Australia’s 2018 World Cup squad.

Hearts are desperate for quality in the final third while Hibs have been crying out for a penalty box striker in the mould of Jason Cummings - Naismith and Maclaren look like being perfect fits for their respective clubs.

Whether they both start is debateable, but the duo will almost certainly see action for their respective sides at some point in the match.

Life’s a pitch

The last meeting between the two teams was not pretty.

Statistics showed there was just one shot on target in the entire game as the game largely became a showcase for the aerial skills of Christophe Berra, John Souttar, Paul Hanlon and Darren McGregor.

The last three matches between these two sides at Tynecastle have ended in draws; the infamous 2-2 draw when Hibs came back from two goals down at half time on their way to winning the Scottish Cup, followed by the 0-0 draw in the second Scottish Cup meeting and then the goalless draw last month on league duty.

It would be a very optimistic person that predicted anything other than another gritty game of attrition on Sunday, especially given the recent snowy weather and cold temperatures in the Capital.

Recent photos appear to show Hearts using a heat treatment on the pitch ahead of the game but it remains to be seen if this will have much of an effect on the quality of a game that in recent seasons has become more of a battle than a football match.

Cochrane’s derby?

Harry Cochrane’s absence from the Hearts midfield during the last meeting between the rivals was noticeable.

The visitors edged a hard-fought midfield battle and while Dylan McGeouch and John McGinn will likely line up for Hibs, the presence of Cochrane - one of the best passers of the ball at Tynecastle - should make for an intriguing ding-dong in the engine room.

Cochrane’s goal against Celtic in the stunning 4-0 win over the champions showed how far he’s come since he appeared for the second half of Hibs’ 1-0 win over Hearts at Easter Road in late October.

He showed in that game that he can produce the goods on the big occasion, and while Hearts will be without Kyle Lafferty up top, the return of Cochrane and his midfield colleague Arnaud Djoum could tip the midfield battle in Hearts’ favour this time out.

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A minute’s applause is to take place during tomorrow’s Edinburgh derby in support of the campaign for justice by tragic Shaun Woodburn’s family.

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Dad-of-one Shaun, 30, was killed by a single punch from the then 16-year-old schoolboy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on New Year’s Day in Leith last year.

The teenage killer was jailed for just four years in November - leading to a widespread public outcry.

The heartfelt tribute is the brainchild of lifelong Hearts fan Neil Reid, 47, who is urging both sets of fans to put their rivalry aside during the 30th minute of Sunday’s Scottish Cup clash at Tynecastle.

Neil said: “We want to get as many Hearts and Hibs fans coming together to stand strong for Shaun and his family. It is a derby, but this is something we come together for.”

The bus driver has contacted both clubs and sets of supporters’ clubs in order to spread the word and he says the reaction so far has been positive.

He said: “The appeal has been very well received.

“We need solidity against this sentence. It could have been anyone that night.

“The justice system has let Shaun and his family down and we need to show our support.”

Shaun’s mum, Denise Syme, has praised the idea with both sides of his family having opposing allegiances when it comes to football.

She told the Evening News: “Anything that makes people aware of our campaign and asking questions about Shaun’s case is good.

“I think it would be great to see two rival teams chanting together for the same cause.

“Shaun was more than a Hibs fan. He loved playing football.

“His grandpa, uncle and cousins on my side of the family are Hearts fans and there was never any animosity between Shaun and them, just friendly banter at derby time.”

Shaun’s killer was part of a drunken gang attacking strangers across the city on Hogmanay.

He was charged with murder but found guilty of culpable homicide during the November trial. Almost 70,000 people signed a petition calling for justice at the teenager’s sentence.

The Dickens in Dalry Road, run by a Jambo, is flying a banner above the lounge bar backing the bid after being contacted by Shaun’s dad, Kevin.

It is emblazoned with both Hibs and Hearts badges - as well as those of Bonnyrigg Rose and Leith Athletic, both former teams of Shaun’s.

He has now printed out handheld versions of the banner and distributed them to fans to hold up during the 30th minute tribute.

Dickens landlord and Hearts fan Callum Anderson said: “I think its an excellent idea that the fans can unite for 60 seconds. We printed out loads and people have sent them over to Gorgie and Leith for Hibs fans to bring with them too.

“There is obviously a big rivalry but it’s great that it will be put to one side for such a travesty.”

Tam Hansborough, of Four In Hand Supporters’ Club, said: “It’s heartwarming to know people are together in supporting the family and putting the bitter rivalry aside.”

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Sam Stanton has left Hibs and signed a permanent deal with Dundee United.

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READ MORE - Sam Stanton joins Dundee United on loan from Hibs

The midfielder moved to Tannadice on loan at the start of the current season, and has scored five goals in 28 games for the Terrors.

Manager Csaba Laszlo confirmed that the 23-year-old had signed a permanent deal in an interview with Arabzone TV.

Laszlo said: “Sam is a player who I can use on the right side, the six-position and also the ten-position. He is a good person who fits the club and is a good signing for United.

“He very quickly decided he wanted to stay here. He believes he can help the club achieve its target of reaching the Premiership and despite only being here for a short period on loan, he was very clear his future was here.”

Stanton signed a four-year contract extension with Hibs in April 2014, and United have moved to sign the player on a permanent deal with his Easter Road contract due to run out this summer.

A product of Hibs’ youth system after joining from Hutchison Vale in 2006, Stanton made his first-team debut in January 2012 when he came on as a substitute in a match against Rangers as a 17-year-old.

He got a regular game for Hibs in the latter half of the 2013/14 season under Terry Butcher but fell out of favour following the club’s relegation to the Scottish Championship and the arrival of Alan Stubbs.

He joined Livingston on loan in January 2016, spending the rest of the season in West Lothian, and signed a season-long loan deal with Dumbarton in August 2016.

In July 2017 Stanton joined United on a season-long loan deal with manager Csaba Laszlo confirming the move had been made permanent.

Stanton made 70 appearances for Hibs between 2012 and 2016, scoring seven goals.

READ MORE - Several clubs keeping tabs on Sam Stanton’s Hibs situation

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Hibs winger Brandon Barker is losing his race against time to be fit for Sunday’s Scottish Cup derby against Hearts.

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The on-loan Manchester City player suffered a knee injury in a crunching – but fair – tackle by Jambos defender John Souttar only minutes after coming on as a late substitute as the Capital clubs drew 0-0 in Gorgie before the winter break. Barker was immediately ruled out of Hibs’ match against Kilmarnock a few days later and although the 21-year-old, inset, travelled with Neil Lennon’s squad to their week-long training camp on the Algarve, he was unable to join in full training sessions and played no part in either of their friendlies against Dutch sides Excelsior Rotterdam and Willem II.

Lennon had expressed the hope while in Portugal that Barker would be able to begin training with an eye to being available for this weekend as the Edinburgh clubs began to prepare to meet for the third consecutive season in the cup with Hibs making the trip across the city looking to protect a run of nine matches unbeaten against their arch-rivals.

However, it is understood Barker continues to receive treatment with the clock now very much against him being involved in a match for which Lennon will also be without club skipper David Gray and Steven Whittaker.

Gray suffered an Achilles injury only minutes into the game with Willem II and although scans are believed to show it was not as serious as first feared, he’s likely to be out for up to three months which, in effect, has brought his season to a premature end.

Whittaker also travelled to Portugal but took no part in either game, Lennon revealing the 33-year-old is continuing to be troubled by the pelvic problem which dogged him in the weeks leading up to the break.

As such, Lennon will be forced to again to field central defender Efe Ambrose at right-back, a situation he admits isn’t ideal while expressing his full confidence in the Nigerian internationalist in that makeshift position.

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Only 39 players have donned both the green of Hibs and the maroon of Hearts. Ahead of the Edinburgh derby, see if you can identify the footballers who have crossed the divide.

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Have a go at our quiz below...

" ,"byline": {"email": "finlay.greig@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Finlay Greig"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4665950.1516359283!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4665950.1516359283!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Darren Jackson appeared for both Hibs and Hearts during his playing career","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Darren Jackson appeared for both Hibs and Hearts during his playing career","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4665950.1516359283!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-set-to-cut-ties-with-striker-anthony-stokes-1-4665839","id":"1.4665839","articleHeadline": "Hibs set to cut ties with striker Anthony Stokes","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516350879000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs manager Neil Lennon is remaining tight-lipped on the future of striker Anthony Stokes.

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READ MORE - Craig Levein ready for hectic Hearts schedule after gains in Spain

But it is understood that the player is definitely on the way out of Easter Road following one too many off-the-field indiscretions.

The 29-year-old Irishman, whose goals helped the Leith club to their hoodoo-busting 2016 Scottish Cup final win over Rangers, has tested the patience of his employers with a string of negative headlines throughout his three spells at the club.

In the past he has always been given another chance but it appears his employers have now reached the end of their tether and are looking to offload the frontman as soon as possible.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Lennon said he would not discuss the wayward star, who he signed from Blackburn Rovers last August and who still has 16 months of his high-paying contract remaining.

But the suggestion is that the striker, who has scored 11 goals this term, will not feature in the squad for tomorrow’s Scottish Cup fourth-round derby against Hearts at Tynecastle and is being touted to potential suitors.

With Hibs keen to free up money for new signings, Charlton are among those who have expressed an interest, with other enquiries having come from abroad.

Stokes lax approach has caused some disquiet in the dressing room, which has disappointed the club, who brought him in to be an example to the less-experienced players and remunerated him accordingly.

Two months ago Stokes, who is one of the club’s highest paid players, was cut from the squad for a match against Hamilton after a training ground bust-up and this week he was found guilty of driving without a licence. That court ruling came just a week after he breached curfew, along with fellow frontmen Danny Swanson and Martin Boyle during the club’s winter break in Portugal.

All three were disciplined by Lennon, and Swanson looks poised to return to former side St Johnstone after the Hibs boss confirmed that the clubs have been in discussions over a possible deal.

READ MORE - Rumour Mill: Stokes to leave Hibs | Rangers lose duo to injury | Celtic deny interest in Croatian pair

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "MOIRA GORDON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4665837.1516359716!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4665837.1516359716!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Anthony Stokes could have played his last game for the club. Picture: Greg Macvean","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Anthony Stokes could have played his last game for the club. Picture: Greg Macvean","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4665837.1516359716!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"1504877950570"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/oli-shaw-i-want-to-give-hibs-fans-a-moment-to-remember-1-4665657","id":"1.4665657","articleHeadline": "Oli Shaw: I want to give Hibs fans a moment to remember","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1516343415000 ,"articleLead": "

Oli Shaw remembers the moment vividly – it’s the next few seconds which he admits remain more than a little hazy.

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Like every other Hibs fan behind Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander’s goal, the teenager was “giving it laldy” having just watched Paul Hanlon snatch a last-gasp equaliser for the Easter Road outfit.

Ten minutes earlier, the outlook had been entirely bleak for Alan Stubbs’ men, the Championship side two goals down to their near neighbours and Premiership rivals, yet another year of taunting them about their Scottish Cup hoodoo being savoured by every Jambo inside Tynecastle.

However, with defeat staring them in the face, Shaw insists he never gave up hope, Jason Cummings’ glancing header throwing Hibs a lifeline, one that was snatched by Hanlon’s timely equaliser.

“The youngsters at Hibs had been offered tickets by the club so there were a few of us in the away end among the fans,” he recalled.

“The excitement, the atmosphere, was tremendous. When Jason scored you could sense a second goal coming for us. It was an edgy last ten minutes, the pressure was all coming on Hearts.

“Then Paul scored and the place just went wild. I was giving it laldy, everyone was buzzing. I can’t really remember what happened, probably just everyone jumping on top of each other. The place was mental.”

Cummings went on to score the only goal of the replay and, as Shaw put it, “the rest is history”, Hibs going on to end their 114-year wait to lift the trophy which had eluded the likes of the Famous Five and Turnbull’s Tornadoes.

Shaw, naturally, was at Hampden to see club captain David Gray head home that stunning winner against Rangers before, again, joining the rank and file on the streets to watch the cup being paraded from the City Chambers to Easter Road.

The 19-year-old said: “I don’t think anyone will ever forget both the final itself or the scenes the following day, seeing tens of thousands out to watch the cup go by.”

Shaw saw history repeat itself last season as Hibs travelled to the Gorgie ground once more, again taking a draw before demolishing Ian Cathro’s Hearts in a replay on their own turf.

Now, though, he’s relishing the chance to write his own little chapter of Scottish Cup glory when Hibs, for the third season in succession, cross the city on Sunday to do battle with the Jam Tarts.

And, he admitted, his desire was only heightened by having been denied a potentially derby-winning goal at Tynecastle only a few weeks ago, assistant referee Sean Carr seemingly the only person in the stadium who didn’t see his shot cross goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin’s line.

The fact several Hearts players admitted at the time it was a perfectly good goal while McLaughlin has also conceded he’d been beaten hasn’t, of course, made Shaw feel any better about the decision.

He said: “I think most people knew it was in but obviously the assistant referee couldn’t see it, so it wasn’t given.

“I know a few of the Hearts boys like Jamie Brandon from youth football and they said right away that it was in. Obviously I was bitterly disappointed and it has since been a big talking point. But I had to move on and focus on playing the rest of the game.

“We had enough chances in the game, we dominated the first half while the second was a more cagey affair. Nevertheless, we’ll go into Sunday confident.”

Shaw will, once again, be pitching his youth against the vast experience of Hearts skipper Christophe Berra, the Scotland defender a “big lump of a centre half” in the youngster’s estimation.

However, he insisted he doesn’t worry who he is playing against, his total concentration being on his own game.

He said: “Honestly, I felt fine before what was my first derby. There were a few nerves but when I went out for the warm-up and soaked up the atmosphere I was looking forward to it.”

Asked who might have the edge between him and Berra having had the benefit of a close look at his opponent in that match, Shaw said: “He’s a top professional, someone who has played down south. He’s a big lump of a centre half, but I won’t be focusing on what he is doing. The flow of the game changes, we will have the ball and create chances.

“It’s about being smart up top, being quick thinking and getting in ahead of your opponent.”

Shaw has certainly done that, beating Hearts’ John Souttar with pace to get on the end of Martin Boyle’s cross for the “goal that never was” having made a similar move on Ross County’s Kenny van der Weg to notch the winner against the Staggies four days previously.

There again, evidence of his speed of thought was there for all to see within seconds of him stepping from the bench to score against Celtic in the Betfred Cup semi-final, Steven Whittaker spotting his run and supplying the perfect pass.

Shaw, though, revealed that the understanding has been worked on as he trained with Neil Lennon’s first-team squad before forcing his way into the starting line-up.

He said: “Against Celtic, I made the run, pointed to where I wanted it and Whitty played the ball through. That’s the quality of player you are playing with, if you make the run you are quite often going to get the ball because of the standard of your team-mates.

“I quite often point to where I want it, sometimes you don’t get it right on the button and have to adjust but I am a striker and I want to get into positions to score and pointing, telling them where I want it can help. I’ll keep making the runs and hopefully I’ll keep getting the passes.”

Hibs make the short trip on Sunday undefeated in their last nine Edinburgh derbies to a ground which they’ve enjoyed visiting in recent years when a League Cup semi-final victory over St Johnstone and a Scottish Cup stroll against Junior side Bonnyrigg Rose are taken into consideration.

Shaw said: “I think the boys enjoy the cups, the all-or-nothing games. In them you have to give your all – as you do in every match – but there’s that extra edge.

“Results have gone for us there recently, but we want to go there and win, it’s the first game after the winter break and we’re aiming to hit the ground running and take it on to the second half of the season.

“I’ve enjoyed watching the last couple of seasons but now I’d like to have a Scottish Cup moment of my own.”

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POLICE are urging fans to behave during the Edinburgh derby this weekend.

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Hearts and Hibs will clash at Tynecastle in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Sunday, with a 2.05pm kick-off.

Officers will be deployed to support stewarding staff at Tynecastle and help keep fans safe as they enter and leave the stadium.

READ MORE: Hearts and Hibs fans to unite for Shaun Woodburn campaign

Additional officers will also be deployed in the surrounding areas to deter criminal behaviour and ensure any issues are swiftly dealt with.

Police are also advising supporters to ensure they turn up in plenty of time, as late arrivals may experience queuing which will delay their entry further.

READ MORE: Hearts fans moved to accommodate TV studio at Hibs cup clash

Officers are also asking fans to be mindful of local residents and ensure they are parked in a safe and considerate manner, if travelling by car.

Fans are reminded that prohibited items such as drugs, alcohol, weapons, flares and pyrotechnics are strictly forbidden and anyone found to be in possession of these will not be permitted entry.

Chief Inspector Kevin McLean, match commander, said: “We want people to enjoy themselves and additional officers will be on hand to ensure that supporters and stewarding staff are kept safe, should any issues arise.

“If you try to enter the ground in possession of banned items, or under the influence of drink or drugs, you will be refused entry and are likely to face further consequences.

“Please arrive in plenty of time and speak to an officer or a steward if you have any concerns about someone’s behaviour or need any general advice.

“We look forward to a good day for everyone attending and thank fans in advance for their patience and cooperation.”

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Tommy Wright says he is open to welcoming Hibs Danny Swanson back to St Johnstone.

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Saints have been linked with a move for Swanson – who only left the club in the summer – following Michael O’Halloran’s return to Rangers.

O’Halloran scored five goals for St Johnstone during a loan spell earlier in the season but has been recalled by Graeme Murty, leaving Wright short on wide options after he admitted there is little chance of a return for the winger.

Swanson has emerged as a target for the Perth club after struggling for game time at Hibs and following an alleged clash with manager Neil Lennon during a recent trip to Portugal, and – despite wishing to play it down – Wright admitted he would be happy to see him back at McDiarmid Park for a third time.

“Danny is a player who has done extremely well here,” he said. “If there is an opportunity where he is available and shows a willingness to come back, I wouldn’t have a problem as he’s done extremely well here.

“(However) Danny’s future is for Hibs and Neil to decide, and not me.”

He added: “If Danny wanted to come and is available, it’s an easy option for me, but there are other options that we have.

“The main thing is to have someone who will impact the starting XI and not just the squad, because we have enough young players who can step up.”

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Alan Stubbs is not surprised to see teenager Oli Shaw making the impact he has at Hibs in recent weeks having given the striker his Easter Road debut 30 months ago.

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Shaw was only 17 and just “skin and bones” when Stubbs threw him on for the final 15 minutes of a 3-0 League Cup win over Montrose but, revealed the former Hibs boss, by then the youngster was already catching the eye with his goals for the club’s Under-20s side.

A prolific strike-rate at that level persuaded current head coach Neil Lennon to promote Shaw to his first-team squad, the Scotland Under-19 cap scoring twice against Celtic, before following up those strikes with goals against Ross County and Kilmarnock. Stubbs was at Tynecastle for the last Edinburgh derby to see Shaw denied his moment of glory when assistant referee Sean Carr failed to spot his early shot had crashed off the bar and crossed Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin’s line.

And that, insisted Stubbs, was just a glimpse of what the kid is all about.

He said: “That was Oli at a younger level too. He could be quiet in a game and then burst into life.

“Physically, he just wasn’t where he needed to be at that time. He was still skin and bones, but he always scored goals. Now he’s been out on loan, kept progressing and he’s made an impact on the first team.

“There was never any questioning his goalscoring attributes – it was his overall game management and hold-up play with his back to goal. He has done really well but maybe needs to be more involved in the game.

“Oli is a confident guy. He’s come from the Under-20 and held his own in the first team. That confidence is reflected in his performances. In the Hearts game he should have scored the winning goal, but it wasn’t given.”

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Alan Stubbs was surprised Jason Cummings decided to join Rangers rather than stay and fight for his place at Nottingham Forest.

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The former Hibs striker has agreed a loan deal at Ibrox until the end of the season barely six months after quitting Easter Road for the English Championship outfit.

Signed by former Rangers boss Mark Warburton, the 22-year-old struggled to hold down a first-team place at Forest, making just ten starts and scoring only four goals. Warburton was sacked at the end of December to be replaced by Aitor Karanka but, it seems, Cummings wasn’t willing to hang around to prove himself to the former Middlesbrough coach.

“Am I surprised Rangers have gone in for him?” asked Stubbs. “No, because I know Jason’s representatives are very fond of Rangers, let’s put it that way.

“I can see why it’s happened but I am probably surprised that Jason hasn’t stuck it out more down in England because that seemed to be a big motivation for him going there in the first place. I know he needs to play games, but especially with the new manager coming in, why not stay around and try to impress him?

“Ask any player, if they are doing well, they will ultimately want to be down in England for one of the big teams.”

Having said that, Stubbs insisted returning to Scotland so quickly wasn’t proof of a lack of ambition on the part of Cummings, who was top scorer for Hibs three seasons in a row.

He said: “Jason is am ambitious guy. He’s not left the Championship to go to any club. Rangers are still a massive club. I must admit, I’ve been quite impressed with the signings they have made up till now. I just hope he does well.

“Playing in front of 50,000 at Ibrox won’t faze him. It’s whether he can produce his form and goalscoring attributes the way he did at Hibs.”

• Alan Stubbs was speaking at a William Hill media event. William Hill is the proud sponsor of the Scottish Cup.

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Paul Hanlon’s dramatic last-gasp equaliser at Tynecastle is seen by many Hibs fans as not only the moment when the club’s name was written on the Scottish Cup but the beginning of their recent dominance over their Capital rivals.

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But, as far as former boss Alan Stubbs is concerned, the tide had begun to turn before then, the Liverpudlian vowing that his first taste of defeat in Gorgie would be his last.

So it has proved with his successor Neil Lennon taking his team across the city for Sunday’s Scottish Cup clash unbeaten in their last nine derbies and seeking to knock the Jambos out of the competition for the third season in succession.

Stubbs admitted that the dramatic fightback two years ago when, with his side trailing 2-0 and with only ten minutes remaining, Jason Cummings and Hanlon struck to force a replay, was probably remembered as the day on which his old club’s recent success had been built.

However, he firmly believes any fear factor which may have been at play as far as Hibs were concerned had already begun to vanish.

He recalled: “Just before that, we felt as if the tide was turning a bit. My first game at Tynecastle we lost 2-1. We’d missed a penalty to go 1-0 but performed well on the day.

“We were conscious of making sure that was the last time we lost there and luckily enough it was the last time we were defeated by them. It’s just carried on from then.

“There was always the mindset that Hearts had the sign over Hibs and the players did not relish the games. Hearts seemed to have a better frame of mind going into the games and that was the one thing we spoke about, we touched on it.

“I don’t think it’s worried Hibs when they’ve gone to Tynecastle, especially over the last few years. You can see the way they approach it now, there’s not a fear, but an excitement.”

Hibs followed up that late escape at Tynie by beating Hearts in the subsequent replay, a feat they repeated the following season when Stubbs – along with rock star Rod Stewart – made the draw which pitched the two Capital clubs together again.

Now they go head-to-head for an astonishing third time, made all the more remarkable that, again, Hearts have had the luck in being the home side.

Stubbs said: “It just seems a little bit like fate that in the last three years they have been drawn together. Last time I got a text from one of the directors when I’d done the draw and we’d paired them.

“He said ‘you might have kept us apart’ and I said ‘it’s maybe got a bit of fate, that the previous time Hibs had gone on and won the cup and would need a replay to follow the same path’.”

Hibs did so, drawing 0-0 in Gorgie before going on to crush Ian Cathro’s side 3-1 on their home turf, the then Championship side’s dream of back-to-back cup wins only ending in a thrilling semi-final against Aberdeen in which they again displayed their never-say-die attitude by coming back from 2-0 down only to lose to a late, deflected shot from Jonny Hayes.

Stubbs was at the latest Edinburgh derby, a drab 0-0 draw in which the only talking point was the Oli Shaw “goal” that didn’t stand and, he admitted, he misses such occasions.

He said: “I think if you have anything about you and are a footballer you will always miss the atmosphere, the build-up. It’s the whole package. It’s something you look forward to, particularly with it being a Scottish Cup tie.

“They are quite unique in atmospheres. Tynecastle is a difficult place to go to but every derby is different although we did quite well in them.”

While Hibs fans are relishing the chance to grab the bragging rights for an even more extended period, Stubbs did have one word of warning.

“You do have times when one team seems to get the results for a number of games,” he said. “At the moment it’s Hibs, before that Hearts. It’s nine unbeaten now so Hibs are having the better part of it, but that can change at any time.”

Many of the players Stubbs brought to Easter Road remain the nucleus of Lennon’s side with midfielder John McGinn, now a regular in the Scotland set-up, an increasingly influential figure, one who appears to rise to big occasions such as derbies. Stubbs said: “It’s great to see, he’s improving because of himself. I had a similar situation with Ross [Barkley] when I was at Everton. People like to take ownership of it and say ‘I worked with Ross’ and ‘I did this’. But, at the end of the day, you’re just there to guide them along. It’s the same when I was the manager and I’m sure it’s the same there with Neil now. A player most often improves because of the individual.

“You can say little things to him which help him, you can work with him and do little things. But, ultimately, it’s the player that has to take them on board to improve. John is certainly improving all the time. He still has room for improvement and that will happen, at Hibs or when he eventually moves on to whichever team it is going to be.”

Another Stubbs will be looking to for a big performance is Anthony Stokes, revealing he had the same problems with the maverick striker as Lennon had last week in the Algarve.

He said: “It comes as part of the package. I knew what I was getting with Anthony, Lenny knew what he was getting because he managed him before at Celtic.

“We all hope that one day we can change people. We may smooth a few rough edges off, but in terms of turning them into a diamond that’s very rarely going to happen. It’s Stokesy, it’s unfortunate. I’m sure Lenny won’t be happy with it but as far as I am aware it’s been dealt with. I had something similar when we were away at one point. It was virtually me going into the place and dragging him out. We’ve all been there.

“But he always produces on the park because he’s got that much ability and quality. He’s able to put differences behind him and issues in his private life and move on. He has an ability to put it to one side and match day seemed to be his release. It takes a strong character to do that.”

• Alan Stubbs was speaking at a William Hill media event. William Hill is the proud sponsor of the Scottish Cup.

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A minute’s applause is to take place during Sunday’s Edinburgh derby in support of the campaign for justice by tragic Shaun Woodburn’s family.

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Dad-of-one Shaun, 30, was killed by a single punch from the then 16-year-old schoolboy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on New Year’s Day in Leith last year.

The teenage killer was jailed for just four years in November - leading to a widespread public outcry.

Lifelong Hearts fan Neil Reid, 47, is urging both sets of fans to put their rivalry aside during the 30th minute of the Scottish Cup clash at Tynecastle.

Neil said: “We want to get as many Hearts and Hibs fans coming together to show our support for Shaun and his family. It is a derby, but this is something we come together for.”

The bus driver has contacted both clubs and sets of supporters’ clubs in order to spread the word and he says the reaction so far has been positive.

He said: “The appeal has been very well received.

“We need solidity against this sentence. It could have been anyone that night.

“The justice system has let Shaun and his family down and we need to show our support for his family.”

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Liam Henderson has left Celtic to sign for Italian Serie B side Bari.

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READ MORE - Celtic new boy Marvin Compper out for a month through injury

The 21-year-old has made just one appearance for the Hoops this season and has decided to move on in the hope of finding regular first-team football.

Though initially expected to be a loan deal, with his contract due to expire in the summer, Celtic have announced that the player has left on a permanent deal. The length of contract is not yet known.

During the summer, Hibs were linked with a move to bring the midfielder back to Easter Road for a second time - following his successful 2015/16 loan spell where he helped the club win the Scottish Cup - but didn’t rekindle their interest in the January window.

It represents Henderson’s second football adventure away from Scotland having helped Rosenborg win the Norwegian title in 2015.

An article on the Celtic website read: “Everyone at Celtic wishes him every success with Bari while also thanking him for his contribution to the club over the past few years.”

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Hearts are moving around 30 of their fans from Tynecastle Park’s new main stand to accommodate the Sky Sports studio when they face Hibs in the William Hill Scottish Cup on Sunday.

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The supporters will be upgraded from their seats in Section N to a more expensive area of the stand without extra charge and all concerned have been notified.

Sky’s studio was located in the Roseburn Stand amongst Hibs fans when the Edinburgh clubs met in the league last month. That meant some followers of the Easter Road club had to make do with a restricted view of the goalless draw.

However, Scottish Cup rules state that the home club must allocate 20 per cent of their ground for away support. That means the television unit must go elsewhere this time.

Hibs fans will fill the Roseburn Stand having sold out their ticket allocation in 35 minutes.

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St Johnstone are interested in taking Hibs midfielder Danny Swanson on loan.

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The McDiarmid Park side are keen to bring Swanson back to Perth for a third time, according to reports.

The 31-year-old left the Saints in the summer to join his boyhood club Hibs on a free transfer, but a series of injuries and personal issues have put the brakes on his Easter Road career.

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright wants to bolster his squad in this transfer window and knows the former Dundee United player well. Swanson was their top scorer last season and Wright wants to fill the void left by Michael O’Halloran’s return to Rangers.

Swanson has only made ten appearances under Neil Lennon and was also part of the trio that broke a curfew last week at Hibs’ winter training camp in the Algarve.

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Hibs have learned that David Gray is likely to be out for between two and three months with the Achilles injury he sustained in Friday’s friendly against Willem II in the Algarve.

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Easter Road head coach Neil Lennon initially feared his captain may not play again this season but there is a chance he may be able to avoid undergoing surgery and return in the spring. With Steven Whittaker struggling with an ongoing pelvic problem, Lennon currently has no senior right-back to call on. It remains to be seen if any other new faces will be recruited before Sunday’s Scottish Cup fourth-round trip to Tynecastle to face Hearts, whose only January signing so far is on-loan Manchester United left-back Demetri Mitchell.

“Both sides are trying to recruit and add to their squads at the moment, so it will be interesting to see how both sides line up for the game,” said Lennon, who is relishing the prospect of a derby match to resume the campaign after a three-week winter break. “We’ve had the winter break and I think everyone is itching to get back to the football and there is no better game than Hearts in the Edinburgh derby.

“I think it will be tense. We played them just before the break and there was nothing in the game really – apart from a goal we scored that was disallowed!

“Psychologically, I think our players are very strong and they enjoy these games.

“We are in this cycle where we are unbeaten in nine games and obviously it’s up to the players to keep that run going, whether it be in the league or in the cup.

“It means so much to both sets of fans and every derby is different. The last one is forgotten about and we go on to this one, the atmosphere will be fantastic.”

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Hibs will take the short journey across Edinburgh on Sunday intent on recording a first away win over Hearts in almost five years while simultaneously making it ten games in a row unbeaten against their city rivals.

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Since suffering a 2-1 defeat at Tynecastle on the second weekend of their first season in the Championship in August 2014, the Easter Road side have won four and drawn five of the intervening nine Capital derbies. For Hibs, all this impressive unblemished record is missing is a win over their rivals at Tynecastle – a feat not achieved since Leigh Griffiths and Ross Caldwell scored in a 2-1 victory in May 2013.

The last four derbies in Gorgie have all ended in stalemate, although Hibs were left aggrieved at the failure of the officials to award a goal when Oli Shaw’s effort clearly crossed the line in the goalless Premiership showdown between the sides three weeks ago. Another tight encounter is widely forecast as Hearts and Hibs reconvene in the Scottish Cup for the third year in succession on Sunday.

“Ten in a row unbeaten would be a good run against any team but especially against your main rivals,” said former Hibs captain Ian Murray. “A few of those came when Hibs were in a lower division than Hearts as well, which is unusual. The last few games at Tynecastle have been draws whereas Hibs have made the home advantage count. I don’t think Hibs will be too upset if they get another replay on Sunday. Ultimately they want to get through to the next round of the cup, and they won’t care how they do it, but they’ll definitely think they can win at Tynecastle. They will go there full of confidence because they had a decent result there last time and were slightly the better team. They go there with no fear which is the biggest thing.”

Murray believes Hibs – five points above Hearts in the Premiership – boast slightly the better team, but, having been part of plenty decent sides who have been unable to conquer Tynecastle in the past, he acknowledges their perceived superiority counts as no guarantee that they will make it to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

“You can go there full of all the confidence in the world, but you still have to turn up on the day,” said Murray. “I would think it will be a tight game again. Derbies are usually on a knife-edge and can go either way and this one certainly looks like it’ll be pretty evenly matched. At the moment, Hibs have probably got the better footballers. They’ve also got a good bit of dig about them. The manager has been good for the players in that regard. A bit like Craig Levein actually, Neil Lennon has a way of getting the players really working hard for him. Both teams are left in no doubt about what is demanded from their managers, which is a really important thing. I think Hibs shade it quality-wise at the moment but it’s not always the best team that wins a derby.”

As a boyhood Hibs fan who first got into football when Hearts were building a remarkable 22-game unbeaten run against Hibs, Murray is pleased to see the balance of power currently resting on the east side of the city. “When I was growing up, Hearts had by far the upper hand over Hibs,” he said. “There was maybe a wee spell in the mid-90s when Hibs won a couple but over the piece Hearts certainly had the upper hand. This is a good period for Hibs fans in terms of the derbies and they have to enjoy because it will turn again at some point, and then it will turn back towards Hibs at some point. You’ve just got to enjoy these runs while they’re in your favour.”

As a Hibs player, Murray enjoyed mixed fortunes in the derby. He particularly enjoyed facing Hearts in the early part of his career under Alex McLeish around the turn of the millennium, and also during Tony Mowbray’s reign in the mid-Noughties. “When we had the likes of Franck Sauzee, Russell Latapy, John O’Neil, Stuart Lovell, Mathias Jack, and all these boys, we went into every derby expecting to win,” he recalls. “Both Hearts and Hibs were far better back then than they are now but we certainly felt we had the far superior team. It didn’t always pan out that way though. The history books show a mixed bag of results for both sides around that time.”

Over the past couple of decades, Hibs have generally held their own in the fixture at Easter Road but struggled at Tynecastle. They have defeated Hearts on their own patch only five times in 39 visits since Gordon Hunter ended that famous 22-game unbeaten run over 23 years ago. Murray was part of two of those wins - the 1-0 triumph in 2009 when Derek Riordan’s penalty won it for an under-strength Hibs side and the 2-1 triumph in April 2005 when Garry O’Connor and Dean Shiels struck for Mowbray’s team. In addition to the most recent win in 2013, Hibs’ only other victories in Gorgie over the last two decades were the 3-0 success in December 1999 (better know as the Millennium derby) and the 1-0 victory secured by Brian Kerr in August 2007.

“It’s good to win any derby but, growing up, you dream of playing for the club you support and playing against your local rivals,” said Murray. “To go there and win is a great feeling, so you have to savour those moments when they come along. We had some really good performances at Tynecastle. You always have to play well if you’re going to win there. The game when Deek scored was totally opposite to the one this weekend because we were struggling for players and were totally written off. We didn’t have a big support at Tynecastle that night but that’s what Hibs have to be wary of on Sunday – the stronger team, or the dominant team, doesn’t always win the game. We got a double whammy that night with (Christos) Karipidis getting sent off in the incident for the penalty but we still had to defend for our lives in the last ten minutes.

“In the 2-1 game where Gaz and Dean scored, I was fortunate not to be sent off. I’d already been on a yellow and then I had a late tackle. It wasn’t that bad but it looked bad so Tony Mowbray took me off straight after, which was good management from him. We lost a shocking goal when Simon Brown misjudged a header from Lee Miller, but we had quite a young team and we didn’t let it effect us too much. We always felt we could beat anyone but to come back from a goal down and win at Tynecastle was a great feeling and a great achievement for us.”

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Neil Lennon is hopeful of bringing more new faces to Hibs in the current transfer window, with the emphasis on strengthening his attack.

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The Easter Road club have already added goalkeeper Scott Bain and striker Jamie Maclaren this month, and the manager is keen to bolster his squad further.

However, he explained that any new arrivals may require players to depart first, with out-of-favour striker Deivydas Matulevicius already having been told he is free to leave if he can find himself a new club.

“We are looking for forward-thinking players, although we may have to trim the squad first before we can bring anybody else in,” Lennon told Sky Sports today.

“It’s a question of ‘wait and see’ but we have already lined up some options in a number of positions.

“At this stage of the season, we are looking to strengthen but I am very happy with the core of the squad.”

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Liam Fontaine is laying plans to stay at Hibs long after his playing days are over, hoping to become part of an Easter Road “boot room” packed with former team-mates.

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The defender is just one of five Hibs players who have been undergoing their UEFA B licence, joined in his studies by club captain David Gray, Paul Hanlon, Darren McGregor and Lewis Stevenson as they look to their long-term futures.

And having been in at the start of the Capital outfit’s recent renaissance, Fontaine revealed they’d all love to help driving the club forward.

While Stevenson and Hanlon have been long-term fixtures and McGregor is a life-long Hibs fan, Fontaine believes both he and Gray now have such a strong affinity with Hibs they want to hang around when it comes to hanging up their boots.

“You never know,” he replied, when asked if he could see a Liverpool-style boot room, that famous Anfield institution which produced legendary managers such as Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Roy Evans who brought huge success to Merseyside.

“We are playing here at a time when, in my opinion, the club is on the rise and as the years tick off on your career you want to stay part of that development.

“We know what the gaffer and the club are building so why not keep it in house if you can. We all have a connection to the club and want the best for Hibs, so you never know what might happen.”

Fontaine probably had more time on his hands than his team-mates in starting his coaching badges, the 32-year-old having spent the past ten months sidelined after picking up two serious ankle injuries which limited him to just a couple of Betfred Cup matches at the beginning of the season.

“It was a terrible 2017 for me,” he admitted. “It was a freak accident when I was initially injured. I wasn’t even involved in a tackle, I was shadowing the ball out when the boy behind me was tackled and fell on my leg.”

The upshot was a cartilage being torn from the bone, Fontaine nearing peak fitness again when he suffered almost exactly the same injury in his other ankle as he fine-tuned his sharpness in a game for the Hibs development squad.

However, that time was put to good use. He said: “I was just getting myself back when it happened again. It’s hard to deal with at times, 
but you have to do it as a footballer.

“It was very frustrating watching, but doing my B licence I was able to look at matches in a different way and learn a lot about the game because it was all I could do.

“Rather than beat myself up – which is what you can do quite easily – you have to try to find things that keep you positive.”

Fontaine is well aware that he only has a few months remaining on his contract but he’s determined to push his way back into boss Neil Lennon’s plans with the aim of winning himself a new deal.

The former Bristol City player said: “I’ve been back for a little bit now and played in a development game a few weeks ago and got through that fine but obviously we had a run of games through December.

“In the Algarve last week we were asked to do double sessions every day which, on a personal level, was good. It helped my fitness and I feel good.

“The gaffer has always said it’s a squad game. We have a great squad and the boys have been doing very well. You want to play, but all you can to is put a bit of pressure on, a bit of competition. That’s healthy.

“You never know what is going to happen. You see Dave pick up that injury in Portugal unfortunately. It’s not ideal, but that’s the reason you have a squad.

“Hopefully I can be like a new player in the second half of the season. I want to get back into the team, get a run of games and show what I can do. I’m going to work hard and 
hope to earn a longer stay at Hibs which I’d love to do.”

Fontaine was fit for the last Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle but didn’t make the 18 who stripped for the game, watching instead from a vantage point behind the away dug-out, admitting he was more than a touch envious of those playing.

Now, though, he has eyes on being more involved as Lennon takes his side back across the city for Sunday’s Scottish Cup clash with the Jambos at a venue which, Fontaine agreed, has become a happy hunting ground for Hibs in recent years..

Hibs will pitch up in Gorgie looking to extend a run of nine matches unbeaten against their arch-rivals having knocked them out of the cup in each of the previous two seasons, both times taking a draw at Tynecastle before completing the job on their own turf, the first occasion famously leading to that historic victory over Rangers at Ibrox.

However, as Fontaine pointed out, he and his team-mates have done well at Tynecastle not just against Hearts.

He said: “We’ve had a good runs in the cups in recent years.

“We beat St Johnstone there in the semi-final of the League Cup and then started our cup run last season by beating Bonnyrigg Rose at Tynecastle. Hopefully we can keep that run going.

“It’s a great atmosphere to play in with the stands being so close to the pitch although these games are always good no matter where they are played.

“Everyone is always up for them, players and fans alike. They are great occasions.”

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Hibs boss Neil Lennon has tipped 19-year-old midfielder Ben Stirling to become the next youngster to make the breakthrough at Easter Road after cutting short a loan spell at Cowdenbeath to push him into his first-team squad.

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Stirling was part of the travelling party which spent last week in the Algarve, using the winter break to prepare for the second half of the season, just one of five teenagers to make the trip.

Lennon has already watched striker Oli Shaw make the step-up along with defender Ryan Porteous and midfielder Fraser Murray, but now he has high hopes for both Stirling and Polish goalkeeper Kevin Dabrowski.

Stirling played the full 90 minutes against Excelsior Rotterdam and part of a second game against another Dutch side Willem II in Portugal and did himself no harm in the eyes of Lennon, who said: “It’s up to Ben, but we feel he could be the next one to make that next step.

“He has good attributes, good height and is well balanced in both feet. Again, like all of them physically he needs to develop a bit. They have youth on their side so that will come, but we are very pleased with their football intelligence.”

Shaw, of course, has been the one youngster who has caught the eye, scoring on his debut in the Betfred Cup semi-final against Celtic and then repeating the feat as Hibs held the Hoops to a 2-2 draw at Easter Road.

Lennon is delighted not only with his progress, but that of the others. He said: “There’s a structure there for young players and Oli has taken that path. We hope for more of the same in the second half of the season.

“It’s great, really healthy and important for a club like Hibs. We also have one or two bubbling away that might come through next season. To have three at that level at the moment is very good.

“We are delighted with the progress of Oli, Ryan and Fraser, but Ben has done well and he’s one we feel we can progress.

“Kevin has been around for a while. Again, he is still a bit raw but he has good attributes for a goalkeeper, good size, good shot-stopper, good personality.

“I am delighted with the addition of them to the squad.”

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