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Neil Lennon has revealed how Hibs’ modern approach to recruitment helped secure the signing of midfielder Stephane Omeonga on loan until the end of the season.

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The 22-year-old joined Hibs from Genoa on Monday having made three appearances in Serie A this season and admitted he was well impressed by the club’s “fantastic” two-part presentation during discussions.

Omeonga goes straight into the squad for the Ladbrokes Premiership game against Motherwell at Fir Park.

Boss Lennon said ahead of Wednesday night’s game: “It’s just a DVD about what the club can offer the players when they come in and we did some individual footage of Stephane as well, what we liked about him, what we expect from him going forward. We have been doing it for a while.

• READ MORE - Five things Hibs fans should know about new signing Stephane Omeonga

“The guys in the IT department do the package and then we show the players round the training ground and around the stadium as well so they actually see it in reality.

“It is just a tool we use to try to get a transfer across the line.

“We really like the look of him from what we have seen. Obviously he has been playing at a really high level in Serie A, we liked his attributes and have been really impressed by what we have seen of him live.

“He is the type of player we feel we need in midfield, just that little bit of extra dynamism and energy in that area.”

Belgium Under-21 international Omeonga said: “It was a video of the city, the facilities, the stadium and the fans and the fans were fantastic.

“I just liked it. Plus the fact they wanted me, they also made an analysis of what I can bring to the team.

“I’m a fighter who always gives my best. Even in bad days I will always give all I have.”

Lennon is positive about pairing Omeonga with Ryan Gauld, who made an impressive debut against Elgin at the weekend after arriving on loan from Sporting CP.

• READ MORE - Hibs confirm loan signing of Genoa midfielder Stephane Omeonga

The manager said: “It is still very embryonic obviously but we think we have a very good player there (Gauld) and Stephane will hopefully add to that attacking intent we hope to bring to the second half of the season.

“There is no question that, at times, we have plenty of the ball but we just miss that bit of pace and ingenuity - all the forward-thinking players will get a lift when they see the calibre of players coming in the door.

“It is important we turn good performances into wins.”

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Brendan Rodgers says it’s likely Lewis Morgan will be heading out on loan in the January transfer window - though the Celtic boss revealed they’ve yet to receive an enquiry from Hibs.

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The Easter Road side have been linked with the 22-year-old since the beginning of the January transfer window.

It is believed that manager Neil Lennon is looking to add options in the wide areas with Manchester City loanee Thomas Agyepong having struggled with injuries since his move in the summer window.

Aberdeen have reportedly joined the chase for Morgan, while there is one destination Rodgers has already ruled out.

Rodgers said: “We’ve spoken about the idea of going on loan but he has a number of possibilities. He loved his time at St Mirren and it’s nothing against the club or manager. But speaking to him and his agent, if he moves out then it will be somewhere different.

“I haven’t heard anything from Hibs. There is quite a bit of interest around him. We’ll see where he ends up. He might even end up staying put. He’s a good boy who has been unfortunate here. The players who are in his position have played well and been consistently available. He is at the age where he needs to get games into his legs again.”

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It’s been a while coming, but Stevie Mallan is just delighted to have taken his goals tally into double figures, so ending a 12-game drought.

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And it mattered little to the Hibs midfielder that his tenth goal came from the penalty spot rather than being, like his previous nine, a spectacular strike from outside the 18-yard box.

Mallan stepped up after Flo Kamberi had an earlier attempt from 12 yards saved by Thomas McHale. But Mallan sent the Elgin City goalkeeper the wrong way as he drilled home a third first-half goal in what turned out to be a comfortable 4-0 win to take Hibs into the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

Having seen that early season goal rush dry up – he hadn’t scored since netting a double against Hamilton at the beginning of October – Mallan has his sights set on adding plenty more to his total.

Now joint top scorer with Swiss striker Kamberi, the 22-year-old said: “Obviously I wish I had scored a couple more before now but it’s been one of those periods you go through as a player and a team.

“It was good having come to the club in the summer to have scored all those goals early on but I’ve been wanting to get to double figures and kick on again.

“The penalty was a bit different to my other goals for the club in that it was my first from inside the box but now the aim is to score 15, then 20.

“The manager has always wanted me to get forward and has encouraged me to do what I do so hopefully I’ll start scoring more again – and put in better performances.”

Mallan revealed there was never any question of him not taking over spot-kick duties after Kamberi had seen a second successive penalty saved, making sure he grabbed the ball after his team-mate had been tripped by Elgin’s Brian Cameron before anyone else could get their hands on it.

He said: “Flo missed so I was next in line. Paul Hanlon had run up from the back but I got the ball first and thankfully put it away. I’d scored a couple of penalties for St Mirren so I’d like to think I’m now on them the next time we get one.”

The visit of Elgin gave Hibs fans their first glimpse of Ryan Gauld, signed on loan from Sporting Lisbon, while Stephane Omeonga, who had arrived in Edinburgh to put the finishing touches to his move from Italian outfit Genoa, watched on from the stand, signs, insisted Mallan, of just how far and wide the Capital club’s scouting system operates.

Gauld made an immediate impact, the former Dundee United midfielder supplying a defence-splitting pass for Kamberi to round McHale and slide the ball home from a tight angle before Daryl Horgan, Mallan and Horgan again completed a comfortable win for the Premiership club.

Mallan said: “We saw how good a player Ryan is in training last week, he’s someone who likes to take the ball and people can play off him. He’ll be feeding the midfielders and linking with Flo. He always seems to have the next pass already in his head, always has that yard of space around him, always in the hole looking for the ball.

“The manager always wants our passes, whether in defence or midfield to be going forward and that through-ball from Ryan to Flo is what he’ll be wanting to see.”

Gauld shot to prominence at Tannadice, finding himself the subject of a £3 million move to Portugal at the age of just 18 but was then farmed out on various loan spells as he was unable to command a place in Sporting’s side.

However, insisted Mallan, there’s no doubting his new team-mate’s ability.

He said: “Ryan had all that hype at the start of his career when he burst on to the scene at United. I’m not to sure what has happened since. But we can only be pleased that a player of his calibre wanted to come here.

“I think Ryan just wants to play football again at a high level and that’s what he’ll get at Hibs. We want to play attacking football and he is the type that will help us massively in that regard, I think we saw that right away on Saturday.

“Hopefully I can strike up a good partnership with him that can benefit the team.”

Like others at Easter Road, Mallan confessed to knowing little about Omeonga but pointed to the fact that as a Belgian Under-21 internationalist with Serie A experience, the midfielder’s credentials are pretty good.

He said: “If Stephane comes in and helps us, then great. The more quality players we have at the club the better.

“But I think Ryan coming from Portugal and Stephane arriving from Italy just shows how determined the club are to get the best possible players to Easter Road.

“This time last year Flo and Jamie Maclaren came in, from Switzerland and Germany, two players most Hibs fans had probably never heard of at that time, and they did really well.

“Now it’s Ryan and Stephane from elsewhere in Europe while Mark Milligan came in earlier in the season from Australia.

“It just goes to show the attraction of Hibs that we are able to bring in players not only from all over Europe, but the world.”

The net may have been cast far and wide but it is a player much closer to home the Hibs support are now hoping will become the next arrival in this transfer window – midfielder Scott Allan.

The 27-year-old has already agreed to return to Easter Road for a third time, signing a pre-contract deal to join on a three-year contract in the summer when his current agreement with Celtic comes to an end.

But negotiations are already underway, which Lennon hopes will see Allan back in Edinburgh before the end of the month, the Hibs head coach believing he wants to get back playing sooner rather than later after finding himself frozen out at Celtic Park.

And, again, insisted Mallan, it would further strengthen the squad as they seek to haul themselves back into the top six of the Ladbrokes Premiership following a disappointing first half of the season which saw them slip from second to eighth on the back of a run of just two wins in 13 matches.

He said: “It would be good if we could get Scott in this month, he’d bring even more competition for places which is good for any club.

“Performances rise when people are having to fight for their jersey and find it’s not easy to get into the team, that’s what we need.

“If Scott comes in it would be another top quality player already well known and loved by the supporters after what he’s done here previously and that can only help us going forward.

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Daryl Horgan was spot-on in revealing his first thought on facing Elgin City in the Scottish Cup was not to become the victim of a giantkilling act.

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Obviously, everyone at Easter Road would have been confident of beating a team from League Two but these games are always tricky, the so-called smaller side has nothing to lose and all the pressure is on you.

I can remember a few struggles from my own playing days, most notably against Cowdenbeath at Central Park in 1993. Gordon Hunter looked to have given away a stonewall penalty late on but somehow he got away with it and we managed to hold on for a 0-0 draw. We got them back to Easter Road for the replay a few days later and only won by a goal from Pat McGinlay.

That’s why I’ve always been a great believer when it comes to cup football the only thing that matters is getting into the next round even if it’s a poor performance.

Thankfully, Hibs didn’t have any such problems at the weekend, it was a professional performance with a few goals – and it could have been more – thrown in.

The draw for the fifth round has also been kind, at home to Raith Rovers which is all Neil Lennon and his players could have asked for but, in the meantime, it’s back to league business and trying to push into the top six and beyond.

The goals against Elgin will have helped boost confidence but Motherwell away on Wednesday night is a big game. It will be important to kick off the second half of the season with a win and build from there.

However, the Motherwell players will be hurting from being knocked out of the cup at home by Ross County and will be determined to make amends for that disappointment. Again, though, the result more than the performance is paramount.

Injuries haven’t helped but now experienced players are coming back and it will be up to them to step up to the challenge and hopefully their return will also see a better balance to the team, something I feel has been missing so far this season.

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Hibs have completed the loan signing of Belgian midfielder Stephane Omeonga on loan from Genoa. Here’s a bit more about Easter Road’s new boy...

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He’s a first-teamer at Genoa

While he isn’t a regular starter, Omeonga has played 25 times for Genoa in Serie A and the Coppa Italia, and prior to that turned out 31 times for Avellino in Serie B. He isn’t another squad player with no hope of ever breaking into the first team; there are high hopes for him at Genoa, hence having a contract until the end of the 2022 seasons.

He’s an all-action midfielder

In his own words, Omeonga doesn’t just sit in front of the back four, he likes to get forward and attack. In his first interview with HibsTV he said: “I like to go box to box... I like to run, to attack, to defend and help everyone.

“The supporters can expect a fighter. Someone who will never give up. Someone who will fight until the end for the team.”

He’s not beyond picking the ball up in a deep area and driving forwards, either pinging the ball out to the flanks or running at opposition defences. He’s direct, has a decent turn of pace and an eye for a pass.

He’s been capped five times by Belgian Under-21s

Omeonga has played five times for Belgium at Under-21 level facing Cyprus, the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy and Romania. He registered an assist in the last match for Johan Walem’s side in mid-Novem,ber last year.

A half-time replacement for David Heynen, Omeonga crossed for Isaac Mbenza to put the Belgians 3-1 up - although Romania scored twice in the dying minutes to snatch a 3-3 draw. 
Omeonga is expected to be part of Belgium’s squad for the UEFA Euro 2019 Under-21 Championships later this year and featuring regularly for Hibs in the second half of the campaign will do his chances no harm.

He’s come up against some of the world’s best players

During his time at Genoa, Omeonga has come up against the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Frank Kessie of AC Milan; Inter duo Ivan Perisic and Stefan de Vrij; Marek Hamsik and dries Mertens of Napoli and Claudio Marchisio, Blaise Matuidi and Douglas Costa of Juventus. At his first club, Anderlecht Under-19s, he came up against current Arsenal first-teamers Alex Iwobi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the UEFA Youth League. Long story short, there surely won’t be much - if anything - in Scottish football that will faze Omeonga.

He’s yet to score a senior goal, but...

Although Omeonga is yet to open his account in front of goal, that could very well change at Hibs, if Neil Lennon’s comments are anything to go by.

Ahead of the move being confirmed, Lennon said: “Tactically, [Stephane] is decent. 
“The thing he doesn’t have at the moments is goals, so maybe that’s an aspect we can add, but we like his all-round game.”

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Hibs will be without Jamie Maclaren and Mark Milligan for Sunday’s trip to face St Mirren in Paisley after Australia squeezed into the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup.

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The Socceroos, holders of the trophy, needed a penalty shoot-out to beat Uzbekistan after a goalless draw in the United Arab Emirates with skipper Milligan, inset, leading the way as he converted the first of their spot-kicks. Australian eventually won 4-2 in the shoot-out thanks to two tremendous saves from goalkeeper Matty Ryan and will now face either the UAE in the last eight on Friday although they will be without Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic, who will serve a one-match ban after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament.

Maclaren started the match in Al Ain’s Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium but was replaced after 75 minutes by Apostolos Giannou.

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Hibs have completed the signing of Genoa midfielder Stephane Omeonga on a loan deal until the end of the season.

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The 22-year-old, who took in the Easter Road side’s 4-0 win over Elgin City in the William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday, is available for selection for Wednesday night’s Ladbrokes Premiership match away to Motherwell.

With 21 appearances for the Serie A side under his belt, the midfielder arrives in the Capital with what head coach Neil Lennon hailed as a “great pedigree”.

Omeonga, capped five times by Belgium at Under-21 level, told Hibs’ official website: “I’ve known of the interest for about a month and the club pushed hard to get me, which made a real impression.

“I also received a presentation that went into real detail about what I could expect and what Hibs expects of me. I’ve never seen that kind of thing before.

“So, from that and what I’ve seen for myself, I think I will really enjoy playing here and suit the way the team likes to play.

“I like to do my talking on the pitch but I would say to the supporters that I am someone who likes to go box to box, to run hard and tackle.

“I am all about helping the team. I’ll give everything I have to do that.

“Everyone made me feel so welcome from the second I arrived at Easter Road before Saturday’s game and now I’m just looking forward to getting started.”

Lennon added: “Stephane comes to us with great pedigree, having played a good number of games in Serie A for someone of his age.

“We’ve watched a lot of him and we think he can add a lot to the group in terms of his energy, dynamism and willingness to go box to box.

“He’s not scared to put a foot in to try and win the ball back. We think he’ll complement those around him and give us a different kind of option. We’re all happy to have him here.”

Omeonga has played 19 times for Genoa since arriving from Avellino in 2017. Prior to that, he had spent two years with Anderlecht in his homeland.

He will wear the number 40 shirt for Hibs.

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Neil Lennon's men have won three times on the road, all against the bottom three sides, while the Tynecastle tasted success in their first three away fixtures. The team with the best away record is somewhat surprising. Click through the pages to find out how well each side have performed.

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Daryl Horgan had just one thought as he lined up to face League Two Elgin City when Hibs opened their latest assault on the Scottish Cup – not to be the victims of a giant-killing.

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Any such worries, however, proved totally unfounded as Neil Lennon’s players cruised to an easy victory, the match statistics simply underlining the gulf between them and a team sitting 31 places below them in Scottish football’s pecking order.

Two thirds of possession, an astonishing 33 shots at goal, 14 of which were on target but only four of which found the back of Elgin goalkeeper Thomas McHale’s net, were figures which amplified the dominance the Premiership side enjoyed.

Indeed, Lennon’s assistant head coach Garry Parker was not being unreasonable when suggesting the margin of victory should have been even greater. Certainly there should have been more goals, Flo Kamberi seeing another penalty saved, for instance, but an early strike from the Swiss hitman, two from Horgan and a second spot-kick expertly tucked away by Stevie Mallan, were more than enough to ensure Hibs achieved their objective – to be in the draw for the fifth round.

As thoughts turned to a return to Premiership action with away games against Motherwell and St Mirren to come this week as the Capital club seek to drive themselves back into the top half of the table, Republic of Ireland internationalist Horgan said: “This was a good one for us to ease into but Wednesday and then Saturday are just as important for getting the season going. That is the priority now, but this was our focus all week. It is the cup and you don’t want to be the team that is first on Sportscene because Hibs have been put out in the big shock result.

“That was the last thing any of us wanted and thankfully that’s not what happened. We played well and we were well worth the win. It was a big step up for Elgin and I thought that at times they played some nice stuff and had some good players and we respected them – and thankfully we did.

“But now that’s done we can look forward to Wednesday and hopefully get the win and we can worry about the next game after that.”

Hibs, effectively, had the game won by half-time, Ryan Gauld displaying early signs that the loanee from Sporting Lisbon will be a key figure over the second half of the season, the former Dundee United a pivotal influence in the middle of the park with his movement, touch and vision.

And it was the 23-year-old who unlocked the visiting defence, spotting Kamberi’s run and delivering an inch-perfect pass into his path, allowing his team-mate to round McHale and stroke the ball home from a tight-ish angle.

Horgan got the first of his two goals with a rare header, taking a sore one from McHale in the process, not that he was complaining. “It was just my second ever with my head. You could say they are rare enough, but I won’t complain as long as they go in.

“The goalkeeper left one on me, but that’s his job and I don’t blame him at all. No harm done.”

Having seen his previous spot-kick saved by Livingston goalkeeper Liam Kelly, Kamberi had to look on again as McHale threw himself to his right to push away his effort from 12 yards after Steven Whittaker’s legs had been whipped from underneath him by Rubin Omar.

Little surprise then when Mallan stepped up when referee Nick Walsh pointed to the spot again, Kamberi having been tripped by Brain Cameron on the stroke of half-time, the midfielder showing his team-mate how it should be done.

When Horgan claimed his second of the game just nine minutes after the interval, tapping home a Whittaker cross, Elgin boss Gavin Price later admitted he feared the worst but while happy at the way his players stuck to their task and so prevented what might have been a demoralising defeat. However, even he would have conceded hat could have been the case but for some 
profligate finishing again from Hibs

And Horgan added: “This was a good result, we’re happy to be in the next round of the cup, but we have to keep that going. We want to be in there [top six], that’s where everyone wants to be.

“We all want to be fighting for European places and playing our best come the end of the season. But we have to improve if we want to do that. We are a bit out of if just now so we are going to have to be much, much better than we have been.

“I have to improve myself, that’s key for all of us.

“We are sitting eighth in the league and that’s not good enough. We want to get into the top six and then push on into the top four and we want to go far in the cup as well.”

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Ryan Gauld has already shown he is going to be a key player in Hibs’ bid to push themselves back into the top half of the Premiership and into the European places, team-mate Daryl Horgan has claimed.

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The on-loan Sporting Lisbon midfielder wasted no time in showing his intentions, delivering a defence-splitting pass for Florian Kamberi to send the Easter Road side on their way to an easy 4-0 Scottish Cup win over Elgin City.

Horgan, who scored twice to go with a Stevie Mallan penalty, believes Gauld can be the playmaker Neil Lennon has been looking for, a natural No.10.

The Republic of Ireland winger said: “We all saw Ryan’s quality. I thought he was brilliant. His control in tight areas, his awareness of where everyone is on the pitch, his weight of pass, things like that. He is going to be a massive addition for us and he will help us all.

“I think he helped us tick in this game. He is a very intelligent player and you don’t get a move to a big club like Sporting Lisbon when you are that young if you’re not and he is going to be a big plus for us in the second half of the season.

“We have not had someone who is naturally built for it and he seems to have a knack for being in the right place, as we saw out there.

“The game looked easy for him. No game of football is easy but he just looked comfortable, in possession and even when he didn’t have the ball he managed to make sure he had a wee three yard circle of space around him and gave us an option so hopefully he can keep that level going and he will be a big plus for us.”

Belgian Under-21 internationalist Stephane Omeonga was at Easter Road to witness the win having flown in to put the finishing touches to his loan move from Genoa. But while confessing to not knowing too much about Hibs’ latest acquisition, Horgan said: “It is going to be interesting to see how he fits in and what he’s like.”

Head coach Lennon is also hopeful of a deal being negotiated to allow Scott Allan to join Hibs for a third time this month, the Celtic midfielder having agreed a pre-contract to return in the summer - if moves to have him come in before the transfer deadline don’t come to fruition.

Lennon has been looking for more dynamism, pace and goals and Horgan believes the January arrivals so far – with a winger and another striker still on the shopping list – will bring that.

Horgan added: “think that has always been the way the manager wanted to set his side up, to be attacking and fluid. We are not a rigid, pass, here, pass there and there and then the ball goes in.

“There is a bit more chopping and changing and movement which is tough to play against but we will have to see over the next few weeks how we go from here. This was a good result and we are happy to be in the next round of the cup, but we have to keep that going.”

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Hearts and Hibs have both been drawn at home against lower-league opposition in the William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round.

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Craig Levein’s Jambos will take on West Super League side Auchinleck Talbot at Tynecastle Park, while Neil Lennon’s Hibs will host League One Raith Rovers at Easter Road.

Hearts defeated Auchinleck 1-0 in Scottish Cup in 2012 thanks to goal from Gordon Smith – the last time the Jambos won the tournament.

Hibs last played Rovers in the Scottish Cup in 2016 on the way to winning the trophy when Darren McGregor and Dominique Malonga were on target in a 2-0 win at Stark’s Park.

The ties are due to be played on the weekend of February 9.

Full draw: Ross County v Inverness; Hibs v Raith; Kilmarnock v Cowdenbeath or Rangers; Hearts v Auchinleck Talbot; St Mirren v Dundee United; East Fife v Partick Thistle; Aberdeen or Stenhousemuir v Dundee or Queen of the South; Celtic v St Johnstone.

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Duncan McKay wrote: “I know you shouldn't be hyperbolic after 68 minutes but... Ryan Gauld, Ballon D'or winner 2019.

Paul Moncur added: “Don’t want to get carried away because it’s only Elgin but Ryan Gauld is the second coming of Messi.”

Graham on Twitter said: “All played well and gives us a bit of confidence into next few weeks hopefully. Just need an extra option in defence and maybe even up top then should be sorted for rest of the season with depth and enough talent hopefully.”

Carheenlea on Hibs.net added: “Professional performance - gave Elgin the respect they deserved and progressed comfortably with a bright performance. Gauld was a joy to watch and the pass for opener exactly the attribute that’s been missing from our play this season. Kamberi will relish more of that and I’m really excited looking ahead to what Gauld, and hopefully Allan will bring to the team for remainder of season.”

DaveF wrote: “Second half was a bit of a slog but the game was done so difficult to be critical. [Elgin] were, as expected, garbage.”

Lewis Hazlett opined: “Everyone in midfield played very well today. Slivka has been fantastic recently, Gauld looks better than when he left United, Mallan back scoring and Bartley solid again. More of the same in the league please.”

The Spaceman predicted: “Mallan will be a very big player for us next couple of years. We won’t drop him. He’s too good and I’m looking forward to that penny finally dropping for many of our support.”

Hibeesmad picked out Vykintas Slivka for praise: “Said it many of times that Mallan will be a success at Hibs, great player. Was only Elgin but I thought Slivka was best player on the park today. Signs of a player who has been on the books of Juventus.”

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A mixture of injuries and players not being available for selection has made it difficult to predict how Hibs will line up in any given match this season.

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Players have been played out of position in a bid to benefit the team as a whole, with nothing really clicking, and at times there has been a lack of cohesion in the side.

However the arrival of Ryan Gauld has boosted the team and his new team-mates. The on-loan Sporting CP midfielder linked up well in the middle with Stevie Mallan, who netted a penalty and had a few cracks at goal from distance, but his presence in an attacking quartet behind lone striker Florian Kamberi allowed Daryl Horgan to resume his favoured position on the left wing, from where he scored twice and could have had more goals. Mallan, too, looked better for his spell in Dubai and was far more involved than matches before the winter break while Vykintas Slivka put in an assured performance on the right, crossing for Horgan to score his first and Hibs' second.

It was clear in the first half of the season that the Capital club were crying out for a player in the mould of Scott Allan; a classy midfielder, able to see passes no one else could and with the confidence - or arrogance - to try an audacious ball and make things happen. Gauld's through ball for Kamberi's opener against Elgin summed up why his signing was such a coup for Hibs, and why he can be the missing piece in the Easter Road side's midfield jigsaw.

His versatility will be invaluable to Hibs depending on their opponent, and his ability to conjure chances out of nothing could be the difference between two or three positions by the time the final round of fixtures is played.

Gauld's years in Portugal give him an advantage over opposition players - he will be something of an unknown quantity and the element of surprise will be an added bonus.

It's early days yet - and this was League Two opposition rather than a Premiership foe - but the signs for Hibs are good.

If Gauld can keep pulling the strings in that No.10 role, freeing up his team-mates to focus on their own game, Hibs could yet return to the swashbuckling brand of attacking football that won them so many plaudits last term - and in more than one formation.

" ,"byline": {"email": "patrick.mcpartlin@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Patrick McPartlin"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4859364.1547927666!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4859364.1547927666!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Ryan Gauld shakes off three Elgin City players as he settles back into Scottish football","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ryan Gauld shakes off three Elgin City players as he settles back into Scottish football","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4859364.1547927666!/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-4-elgin-0-how-the-hibs-players-rated-1-4859266","id":"1.4859266","articleHeadline": "Hibs 4 Elgin 0: How the Hibs players rated","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1547920077441 ,"articleLead": "Marks out of ten for every Hibs player to get game time against the League Two side","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4859265.1547918182!/image/image.jpeg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpeg","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Daryl Horgan put in a fine performance, scoring two and running the Elgin defence ragged all afternoon"} ,"articleBody": "

Adam Bogdan: The ‘keeper didn’t have a great amount to do as Hibs dominated possession. Subbed late on after taking a sore one in a one-on-one challenge with McLeish. 6/10

Steven Whittaker: Not really tested defensively but got forward well. Pinpoint cross put fourth goal on a plate for Horgan . 7

Darren McGregor: Looked comfortable enough and had a few half-chances at the other end with headers. 6

Paul Hanlon: Never under any pressure from the Elgin forward line and stuck to his duties diligently. 6

Sean Mackie: Started at left back in place of the injured Lewis Stevenson, slotted in well to the back four and looked to get forward and support the attack when he could. 7

Marvin Bartley: Tasked with patrolling the area in front of the back four and mopped up everything that came his way. 7

Vykintas Slivka: Fine cross for Horgan’s first and Hibs’ second, and put himself about well. 7

Stevie Mallan: Scored penalty with ease and had a few pops from distance. 7

Ryan Gauld: Looks to be the player Hibs were missing in the first part of the season. Inch-perfect throughball for the opener and played some lovely balls until he was replaced by Fraser Murray late on. 8

Daryl Horgan: Scored two and could have had more. Looks a lot more comfortable out wide and was the stand-out for Hibs. 9

Florian Kamberi: Scored one and should have had another, but put in a shift and chased everything up front for Hibs. 7


Oli Shaw (for Kamberi, 68): Spurned a great chance to score a fifth goal for Hibs. 5

Fraser Murray (for Gauld, 68): Some nice touches and a vicious effort which whistled just wide. 5

Ofir Marciano (for Bogdan, 79): Little to do as Hibs saw the game out.

" ,"byline": {"email": "patrick.mcpartlin@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Patrick McPartlin"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4859265.1547918182!/image/image.jpeg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpeg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4859265.1547918182!/image/image.jpeg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpeg","alt": "Daryl Horgan put in a fine performance, scoring two and running the Elgin defence ragged all afternoon","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Daryl Horgan put in a fine performance, scoring two and running the Elgin defence ragged all afternoon","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4859265.1547918182!/image/image.jpeg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpeg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/three-things-we-learned-from-hibs-4-elgin-city-0-1-4859291","id":"1.4859291","articleHeadline": "Three things we learned from Hibs 4 Elgin City 0","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1547920057797 ,"articleLead": "

Three observations from Hibs’ 4-0 win over Elgin City in the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round...

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Golden Gauld

The arrival of Ryan Gauld on a loan deal from Sporting CP signalled Hibs’ intentions for the second half of the season - a player who could see passes others couldn’t and pull something special out of the hat when required. The 23-year-old linked up well with his midfield colleagues and supplied a wonderful throughball for Florian Kamberi to net the opener. He has an eye for the “Hollywood pass” but more often than not they come off - something Hibs have been badly missing so far this term.

Horgan back to his best

In the first half of the campaign, winger Daryl Horgan was often deployed as a No.10 for Hibs as Neil Lennon looked to make things happen in the middle of the park. With Gauld slotting into that space, Horgan was returned to his usual role on the left flank against Elgin City and showed evidence of why he had been a long-term target for the Easter Road side. The Irishman scored Hibs’ second and doubled his tally with a simple finish from Steven Whittaker’s cross, and could have had more. Horgan will not only provide the strikers with more ammunition but will get among the goals himself.

Solid Slivka

Often in and out of the team, Vykintas Slivka’s versatility has undoubtedly been both a positive and a negative for the Lithuanian international. Against Elgin he was played on the right of midfield - where he has impressed in previous matches - and did nothing to harm his chances of a run in the side. He put the ball on a plate for Horgan to score the second goal and looked to get on the ball throughout the game. After something of a stuttering start to his Hibs career, could things finally be coming together for the 23-year-old?

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Hibs assistant boss Garry Parker hailed the performances of Ryan Gauld and Daryl Horgan as the Capital club advanced to the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

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On-loan Sporting CP midfielder Gauld set up the opener for Florian Kamberi, and showed exactly why the Easter Road side were so keen to secure his services.

Speaking after the 4-0 win over the Ladbrokes League Two side, Parker said: “Ryan’s a clever player, he can see a pass and that’s what’s we’ve been missing.

”He makes a difference for us.”

Asked about the performance of Republic of Ireland international Horgan, who scored twice, the Hibs No.2 added: “He’s scored two goals, even a header - he outjumped the goalie. He’s done well. It was a nice game to come in to after the break, and we’re just pleased to be in the next round.

”We need a big second half of the season from everybody, not just Daryl. We need a push now because we need to finish in the top six. That’s the target, that’s what we’ve told [the players].”

" ,"byline": {"email": "patrick.mcpartlin@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "Patrick McPartlin"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4859279.1547919001!/image/image.jpeg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpeg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4859279.1547919001!/image/image.jpeg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpeg","alt": "Ryan Gauld impressed on his debut for Hibs, notching an assist for the opening goal","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ryan Gauld impressed on his debut for Hibs, notching an assist for the opening goal","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4859279.1547919001!/image/image.jpeg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpeg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-4-0-elgin-city-all-too-easy-as-hibs-cruise-into-scottish-cup-fifth-round-1-4859229","id":"1.4859229","articleHeadline": "Hibs 4-0 Elgin City: All too easy as Hibs cruise into Scottish Cup fifth round","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1547916415560 ,"articleLead": "

Daryl Horgan struck twice and Flo Kamberi and Stevie Mallan got a goal apiece as Hibs shrugged aside League Two Elgin City in a totally one-sided Scottish Cup tie at Easter Road.

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Neil Lennon's players were three to the good by half-time through Kamberi - who also saw a penalty saved - Horgan and Mallan, who converted from the spot with Horgan adding his second of the game nine minutes into the second half.

Gauld took little time to make an impact, the on-loan Sporting Lisbon midfielder spotting the run of Kamberi and delivering an inch-perfect pass into the path of the Swiss striker who took it round goalkeeper Thomas McHale before sliding the ball into the net from a tight angle.

It was a goal which had been coming with Hibs:having enjoyed the vast majority of possession in those opening 20 minutes, McHale pushing over a Horgan effort and then clutching a Darren McGregor header under his bar.

Hibs quickly doubled their advantage, Horgan getting his head to Vykintas Slivka's cross before being clattered to the ground by McHale as the ball drifted into his net.

A Rubin Omar trip on Steven Whittaker brought Hibs a penalty but Kamberi, who had seen his last spot kick against Livingston saved, was again denied by the goalkeeper, McHale throwing himself to his right to push his effort from 12 yards aside.

Hibs were awarded a second spot-kick on the stroke of half-time when Brian Cameron tripped Kamberi inches inside the 18-yard box. Mallan took over from his team-mate, sending McHale the wrong way as he drilled the ball low into the corner of the net.

Elgin should have pulled one back immediately after the interval as Shane Sutherland easily got past Marvin Bartley before cutting the ball back for the unmarked Omar. But with the goal at his mercy he sent his shot yards wide of the target.

But Hibs made if four in the 53rd minute, Slivka setting Whittaker free down the right to fire in a low cross which found Horan all alone at the back post to claim his second of the game.

The only worry for Hibs was an injury to goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, the Hungarian internationalist hurt as he went down at the feet of Elgin substitute Chris McLeish. The on-loan Liverpool received a lengthy spell of treatment but was replaced by Ofir Marciano for the final 11 minutes.

Hibs: Bogdan (Marciano 79), Whittaker, McGregor, Hanlon, Mackie, Bartley, Horgan, Slivka, Gauld (F Murray 68),. Mallan, Kamberri (Shaw 68).

Substitutes not used: Gray, Nelom, Porteous, Block.

Elgin City: McHale, Cooper, Lowdon, McHardy, McGovern, Omar, Cameron, Sutherland, Bronsky, Wilson (McLeish 60), Morrison (Hester 68).

Substitutes not used: Dunn, Hay, McGowan, Sople, Loveland.

Referee: Nick Walsh

" ,"byline": {"email": "david.hardie@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "David Hardie"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4859228.1547916579!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4859228.1547916579!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Flo Kamberi is congratulated by team-mates Marvin Bartley and Vykintas Slivka after scoring the opening goal for Hibs against Elgin City","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Flo Kamberi is congratulated by team-mates Marvin Bartley and Vykintas Slivka after scoring the opening goal for Hibs against Elgin City","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4859228.1547916579!/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/ryan-gauld-interview-hibs-persistence-future-plans-and-lionel-messi-comparisons-1-4859038","id":"1.4859038","articleHeadline": "Ryan Gauld interview: Hibs’ persistence, future plans and Lionel Messi comparisons","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1547879400000 ,"articleLead": "

Ryan Gauld has revealed how the determination Hibs showed in trailing him for weeks convinced him to return to Scotland and join the Easter Road club.

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Having made a £3 million move to Sporting Lisbon from Dundee United four years ago, the midfielder admitted the Capital outfit’s interest had persuaded him now was the right time to “come home”.

Gauld joined his new team-mates at their winter training camp in Dubai after completing a loan spell with Portuguese Second Division team Farense and is now poised to make his debut in today’s Scottish Cup clash with Elgin City.

And after coping with being tagged “Mini Messi” in Portugal, the 23-year-old believes he is more than capable of handling the expectation of a Hibs support who are looking for their team, currently sitting eighth in the Ladbrokes Premiership, to turn their season around.

Revealing he first thought of leaving Sporting last summer before he joined Farense on loan, he said: “I didn’t really know what was in store for me then. There was a couple of different options here and there but I decided I would give it a go in the second league. I hadn’t really continually been playing 90 minutes week after week for a few years so I thought if I went there I would hopefully get my rhythm back and then kick on.

“But I became aware of Hibs’ interest a couple of months back. They had been speaking to my agent and keeping him informed of how they were interested in getting me in the door.

“Knowing they were interested in me for so long, that made me feel wanted, it made me feel like they wanted me in the building which is what every wants – and it played a part.

“Their scouting department did a lot of work, made reports, came out to see me play in a couple of games. The fact they were putting in that much effort, if makes you feel like they are really keen, really interested. That was important to me.

“It’s good to be back home. I’m looking forward to getting started, looking forwatrd to getting back playing in front of big crowds.”

Gauld admitted the hype which surrounded his move to Lisbon wasn’t ideal, with constant comparisons to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

He said: “It was made difficult from day one over there. When I would go out for a coffee, sitting in a shopping centre, nobody would even know my name, they’d be saying ‘Mini Messi, Mini Messi’.

“Nobody even knew my name was Ryan Gauld. I didn’t enjoy it and it’s not something I welcomed.”

Gauld conceded there had been “some ups and downs” during his time in Portugal, with the Scot making just two appearances for Sporting before being farmed out to Vitoria Setubal, Aves and latterly, Farense.

However, adamant he enjoyed the experience, he said: “It was all a bit of a shock at the beginning. My first year especially was very good and then with the change of manager, everything became a bit more difficult, there were less chances for me.

“I had a sharp rise at United and then signed for Sporting. That brought huge expectations but I knew it wasn’t going to be quite the way everyone expected. I kept my feet on the ground and worked as hard as possible, to hopefully provide myself with the best career possible.”

Gauld believes he is returning to a rejuvenated Scottish football scene, saying: “I would definitely say it’s a lot more competitive now than when I left because when I was at United, Rangers were down in the lower leagues.

“It was really just Celtic leading the league themselves, but this season you have Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen. Hearts were on a god run at the start of the season, and then there’s Kilmarnock as well.

“Hibs had an unbelievable run in the second half of last season and if we can repeat that then that puts us right back up there in the top four.

“I’ve seen quite a few Hibs games this season and they’ve been playing well, just not getting the points they deserve. Hopefully I can help to provide a bit of creativity and push Hibs up the league.”

Having won caps at Under-19 and Under-21 level, Gauld admitted a return to the Scotland set-up was something he would hope for – but in time. He said: “I felt like my profile had gone down in the last couple of years. A higher profile is something that the Scottish Premiership can give you. If you look at the last couple of Scotland squads, there has been a lot of guys from the SPFL in them. I’m not giving too much thought to it just now. My main thoughts are on getting my head down, working hard, playing football.

“But, if the opportunity did come back along, I would be really grateful.”

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Hibs hope to complete the signing of Belgium Under-21 internationalist Stephane Omeonga on loan from Genoa within the next 24 hours.

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The 22-year-old midfielder is expected to arrive in Edinburgh on today to finalise a six-month contract.

Hibs head coach Neil Lennon said: “We like the look of him, he has good energy, good pace, he’s dynamic, young. He’s played at a really good level, Serie A this season and last, not all the games, but he has played a few over a year-and-a-half. He’s another who has good stamina and enthusiasm for the game.

“Tactically he is decent. The thing he doesn’t have at the moments is goals, so maybe that’s an aspect we can add, but we like his all-round game.”

Omeonga, who started his career at Anderlecht, has been capped five times by Belgium Under-21s. He moved from Belgium to Avellino before joining Genoa in 2017. He has made 17 appearances for the northern Italian club, his last of which was on December 6 against Virtus Entella.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4859027.1547841986!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4859027.1547841986!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Stephane Omeonga, right, has featured 17 times for Genoa and has experience of playing in Serie A. Pic: Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Stephane Omeonga, right, has featured 17 times for Genoa and has experience of playing in Serie A. Pic: Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4859027.1547841986!/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/scott-allan-wants-to-play-for-hibs-right-now-believes-head-coach-neil-lennon-1-4859026","id":"1.4859026","articleHeadline": "Scott Allan wants to play for Hibs right now, believes head coach Neil Lennon","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1547879400000 ,"articleLead": "

Neil Lennon believes Scott Allan is desperate to start playing for Hibs again straight away rather than wait until the start of next season.

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The Capital club have agreed a pre-contract deal with Celtic for the midfielder and now Lennon hopes he can begin a third spell at Easter Road before the transfer window shuts.

Negotiations are taking place between Hibs and Celtic in a bid to allow Allan to make the move immediately, Lennon believing he can make as great an impact as he did this time last year, joining on loan and helping push the side to fourth place in the Premiership table.

Allan was named Championship player of the year after one season with Hibs before moving to Celtic Park, where he failed to force his way into manager Brendan Rodgers’ plans, starting just three matches and being farmed out on loan to Rotherham, Dundee and back to Hibs.

Now 27, Allan has made just 106 starts in a career which has taken him from Dundee United to West Bromwich Albion and on to loan spells with Portsmouth, MK Dons and Birmingham, but Lennon believes the playmaker probably feels it’s time to settle down and fulfil his undoubted talent.

He said: “I’m thrilled, it’s a real coup for us, a player that the fans love and he had such a big impact here last year and in his previous term under Alan Stubbs as well.

“We’re hoping something can get done before the window shuts. If not, we look forward to welcoming him in the summer.

“But he’ll be itching to play. He’s a footballer and there’s nothing worse than being fit and not playing, seeing your weekends pass by and looking at results and games. It’s like Yosser Hughes sitting there thinking, ‘I could do that’.

“I’m not involved in the financial negotiations and I’ve not spoken to Scotty about it, but I’m sure he would want to get out and play like all players would. Scott would fit in straight away with whatever formation we want to play.”

Lennon admitted he was a little surprised at Allan’s lack of action at Celtic, but said: “There’s a lot of competition there. LIke [Efe} Ambrose and other players like that, it’s no disgrace not to play regularly at Celtic with the competition and quality that’s there.

“He’s still a very good player at this level, he’s exciting to watch at times and imaginative. He sees things quicker than others and executes them pretty well. He’s the type of player we’ve missed in the first half of the season.”

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Neil Lennon has described the get-together between managers and referees following a season overshadowed by a spate of controversial decisions as worthwhile.

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The Hibs head coach was one of ten Premiership bosses to attend an SFA-hosted meeting at McDiarmid Park at which both sides were able to exchange their respective points of view.

Lennon, who has been asked to represent the managers on a newly-set up committee, revealed: “There was no awkwardness. There was debate, but there were no raised voices.

“It was people putting their points of view across, quite eloquently and quite forthright at times, and it was good to see both points of view.

“I think it went well. The referees were very good and all the managers had a bit of a say as well. It wasn’t wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

Not surprisingly, the question of VAR was raised, with managers and referees alike in favour of its introduction.

Lennon said: “John [Fleming, the SFA’s head of referees] made the points that 93 per cent of decisions referees make are correct, but with VAR it would go up to 98 per cent.

“Again it is another benefit and another aid to help referees make the right call, so it was good.”

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Kilmarnock 0, Hibs 2. SPL. Saturday, January 24, 2004

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Hibs introduced teenager Jamie McCluskey into the first team in this match making the 16-year-old the youngest player to feature in the Scottish Premier League until Scott Robinson of Hearts broke the record in 2008.

Few Hibs fans had even heard of this youngster prior to his inclusion on the bench but that didn’t stop those who travelled to Rugby Park from greeting the tiny midfielder like a long-lost friend as he stepped from the sidelines to create his own piece of Scottish football history in this win over Kilmarnock.

The arrival of McCluskey on the scene gave the briefest of glimpses into the more distant future for Hibs, a sign that the conveyor belt producing young talent at Easter Road was in full working order.

Their mood, of course, had been considerably improved by the quick one-two from Scott Brown and Garry O’Connor which floored Kilmarnock at the start of the second half, those goals giving then manager Bobby Williamson his first win at his old stomping ground since he had left to join Hibs almost two years previous, and it was the Edinburgh club’s first win at this particular venue in almost four years.

The only puzzle was why it took until the 48th minute for the first goal to arrive, Brown pouncing on O’Connor’s knockdown from Gary Smith’s free-kick to fire the ball in off Francois Dubourdeau’s right-hand post. For in a frenzied opening 15 minutes there could have been a blizzard of goals to match the snowfall which engulfed Rugby Park shortly after the final whistle.

Hibs had a goal chalked off in the first minute, Colin Murdock nodding Derek Riordan’s corner beyond Dubourdeau only for referee Hugh Dallas to chalk it off for a push on the goalkeeper. Williamson, though, admitted he was baffled by the decision.

Killie sought to take full advantage of that escape, Colin Nish totally missing his kick after James Fowler had left him facing an empty goal before the former Dunfermline striker almost cashed in on Mathias Doumbe’s hesitation by firing in a low shot aimed for the far corner only to see the ball hit the post thanks to the merest touch of goalkeeper Daniel Andersson’s fingertips.

Kevin Nicol was forced to nod Gordon Greer’s header off his own line as Killie stepped up the pressure and Murdock, who had an impressive match, nipped in to take the ball off Nish’s feet as he prepared to pull the trigger.

At the other end, Riordan, who caused Killie no end of problems with his pace and movement, shook off Freddy Dindeleux only to be forced wide by the advancing Dubourdeau, giving the French defender time to get back and knock his goalbound shot to safety.

Killie would have felt aggrieved not to have gone in at the interval on level terms but they were made to pay for such profligacy as O’Connor pushed Hibs further ahead, striking within two minutes of Brown’s opener.

O’Connor may have taken the plaudits but the goal was as much down to the tenacity of Alan Reid, who dispossessed Steve Fulton to release Riordan, who supplied a superb low cross for his fellow striker to apply a clinical finish, tucking an angled shot between the legs of Dubourdeau.

Kilmarnock: Dubourdeau, Greer, Fowler, Dindeleux, McLaughlin, Fulton, McDonald, Dodds, Locke, McSwegan, Nish.

Hibs: Andersson, Smith, Reid, Doumbe, Murdoch, Whittaker, Brown, Nicol, Wiss, O’Connor, Riordan.

Referee: H Dallas.

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After what feels like several years without football following the winter break, Hibs are back in action this weekend with the visit of Elgin City in the Scottish Cup. Will the romance of the cup present one of the biggest shocks in the competition’s history? Or will Hibs win by so many goals that fans lose count? Our online team give their predictions.

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Joel Sked: Despite the disappointing end to 2018, Hibs fans will have a spring in their step heading to the match with the League Two side following the announcement of Scott Allan on a pre-contract agreement, while there is the chance to witness new signing Ryan Gauld. Their fourth-tier opposition come into the game after a 4-1 thumping at home to Cowdenbeath and sit sixth in the table. To say Hibs are overwhelming favourites is an understatement. It is the perfect opposition to build confidence in the team ahead of the restart of the league season, yet the last thing Neil Lennon will want is a toil. That won’t likely transpire with Hibs winning by at least three.

Mark Atkinson: There will be a different vibe around Easter Road on Saturday with Gauld’s arrival and Allan’s pre-contract agreement. While the jigsaw is far from complete, it’s clear they are making moves to try and rebuild after an underwhelming first part of the season. Injuries are still a problem for Neil Lennon, but he has enough in his squad to batter an Elgin team that is numerous levels beneath their hosts. This could get messy. Landslide Hibs win.

Anthony Brown: Neither side has been in good form in recent months, but Hibs’ superior quality will shine through against their League Two opponents. If the hosts break Elgin’s resistance early on, they should be capable of racking up a comprehensive victory without conceding a goal. Prediction: Hibs 5 Elgin 0

Craig Fowler: You’re kidding, right? I really have to give a prediction for this? [Looks over at editor.] All right, let me put it this way: if Elgin were the best side in League Two, or even the best side in League Two history, they’d still have no chance. This particular Elgin team has lost four of its last five and has little chance of making the play-offs. At the weekend they were beaten 4-1 by Cowdenbeath at home. That’s a three-goal defeat to a club that’s been addicted to relegation over the past four years. Prediction: Hibs to get bored of scoring goals.

Neil McGlade: The visit of fourth tier Elgin City is an ideal fixture for Hibs to kick off the second half of the season. The Easter Road men ended last year on a sour note with defeat to their neighbours but Lennon’s players appeared to have had a good week in the Dubai sunshine. Supporters will be eager to see Gauld in a Hibs jersey for the first time and this is just the kind of game for him to shine. Hibs should progress through with relative ease. Prediction Hibs 4-0 Elgin.

Patrick McPartlin: It wasn’t so long ago that a lower-league side visiting Easter Road on cup duty might fancy their chances of causing an upset. Despite injuries, middling form and the loss of Efe Ambrose at the back, Hibs will not slip up against Elgin. The Moray outfit have won just one of their last five games. Lennon’s men will be well rested after their trip to Dubai while new boy Gauld will be eager to make an immediate impression. There could be a lot of one-way traffic. Prediction: Hibs win

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Hibs fans were in a state of frenzy on Thursday after the club announced it had agreed a pre-contract agreement with the player.

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There is still hope that the club will bring the midfielder to the club this January. We look back at Allan’s two spells at Easter Road, picking out six of his best moments.

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