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From struggling to make the top six a little over two months ago, Hibs now find themselves in the unlikely position of having a chance to qualify for Europe as they embark on their post-split fixtures this weekend.

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Six points adrift of the two sides in third and fourth place - Kilmarnock and Aberdeen - with five games to play is the scenario for Paul Heckingbottom’s buoyant team ahead of Sunday’s visit from Celtic. A top-three finish guarantees a crack at Europa League qualification, while fourth place will bring the same prize if champions-in-waiting Celtic defeat Hearts in the Scottish Cup final. If the Tynecastle side, currently sixth in the Premiership, win the trophy, they will go into Europe in the summer at the expense of the fourth-place team.

Needless to say, Hibs can’t control which team wins the cup. All they can focus on at this stage - in addition to remaining above Hearts - is continuing with their policy of chasing down the team directly above them, an outlook which has served them well in overtaking Motherwell, St Johnstone and their city rivals since Heckingbottom took the wheel in mid-February. Regardless of their recent form, of course, it is clearly a tall order for Hibs to get themselves into the top four by the time their campaign closes with a home game against Aberdeen on May 19. If any team is equipped to pull off such a feat, however, it is Heckingbottom’s Hibs.

It is worth recalling that, when the Yorkshireman arrived in Edinburgh, Hibs were five points outside the top six, trailing both Motherwell and St Johnstone. Remarkably, Heckingbottom required only two games (victories over Hamilton Accies and Dundee) to haul his team into the top half of the table, and they haven’t looked back since.

After victory over Hearts in their last fixture lifted them above their city rivals and into fifth place, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the next Edinburgh derby - at Easter Road a week on Sunday - could allow Hibs the chance to leapfrog another rival and move into the top four. That scenario, on paper at least, looks unlikely given that they would need to beat both Celtic and Hearts and hope that whoever loses this weekend’s clash between Kilmarnock and Aberdeen at Rugby Park also goes on to suffer defeat in their following match. Killie are away to Celtic and the Dons are away to Rangers.

Even if no headway is made against Celtic this weekend, Hibs can at least look ahead to the last four games of the season knowing that their most formidable match is out of the way and their rivals for a Europa League spot still have to face Neil Lennon’s team. Buoyed by an eight-game unbeaten run in the league, which incorporates three matches against the current top six, Hibs are the most upwardly-mobile of the three sides currently in contention to occupy the places directly beneath Celtic and Rangers, who look certain to finish first and second, respectively.

Aberdeen are currently on something of a downer after losing last weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final to Celtic, a fortnight after losing away to Hearts. That doesn’t necessarily mean the Dons’ season is about to fizzle out, however. A year ago Derek McInnes’s team lost 2-0 at Tynecastle in their last game before the split and were crushed 3-0 by Motherwell in the Scottish Cup semi-final. Their season looked in ruins at that point but they picked themselves up off the canvas to claim three wins and two draws in their final five league games and secure second-place in the Premiership, at the expense of Rangers and Hibs. That is the type of run Hibs must put together if they are to reel in Aberdeen or Kilmarnock in what remains of the season.

Their cause could be aided by the fact they play both of those teams in their last two games of the campaign. If they can get themselves within three points of either team by the time they are due to face them - which looks a perfectly attainable target - they will then have the chance to leapfrog them with a victory assuming neither side significantly improves their goal difference in the intervening period. For the record, Hibs and Aberdeen both have the same goal difference of plus 15 while Kilmarnock are three better off. If Hibs are to make up the six points on Steve Clarke’s team in the coming weeks, the chances are their marginally superior goal difference would also be wiped out in the process.

As things stand, Aberdeen look the team most catchable for Hibs. Kilmarnock are in better form than the Dons and have the advantage of playing at home to both Aberdeen and Hibs, which could give them a vital edge. Three of Hibs’ five games are at Easter Road, which ought to aid their cause.

Heckingbottom and his players will hope that, however things unfold in the coming weeks, they are in a position whereby there is plenty riding on the last of those fixtures when Aberdeen come to town on the final day.

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Hibs head coach Paul Heckingbottom has refused to rule out the possibility of his side finishing third, ahead of the start of the post-split fixtures this weekend.

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The Easter Road side have embarked on an eight-game unbeaten run in the league since the former Leeds boss was appointed in mid-February, lifting them to fifth in the table and within six points of third-place Kilmarnock.

The Capital club kick off their final five fixtures with a home match in Sunday against Celtic - the only team to have beaten Hibs during Heckingbottom’s tenure - but the Yorkshireman reckons the post-split format can have a big impact on where a team finishes in the league.

“It looks a long, long way and of course it is,” Heckingbottom said of the gap between fifth and third as he spoke to Sky Sports at the club’s East Mains training centre.

“We’re not kidding ourselves but I think with the format, it is different because you’re playing all the top teams. It’s quite easy for a team not to pick up points, or not pick up any points.

“If you get results that people don’t expect you to get - i.e. on Sunday - you can gain a head start on everybody else.”

Finishing third would guarantee Hibs a place in Europe, but even equalling last season’s fourth-placed finish could be enough, if Celtic defeat Hearts in next month’s William Hill Scottish Cup final.

Wherever his side end up in the table, however, Heckingbottom believes securing a top six finish will give him vital information ahead of next term, and insists finishing in the upper echelons of the Ladbrokes Premiership was the coaching staff’s aim when they arrived.

“We had a lot of work to do to catch up [but] that was sort of our goal when we came in,” Heckingbottom said.

“You’ve got another derby, you’ve got to play all the top teams, so you’re going to be playing in front of full houses.

“Teams are playing for things, whether it’s chasing Europe or to win the title.

“That was the reason, from a purely selfish point of view, to see how we manage and cope in these big games. Because we want to be up there challenging next season.

“We want to be up there pushing these boys.”

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A Hibs supporter who jumped out of the stand and ran across the penalty box to celebrate with players has been fined £500.

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Oliver Bridgland, 25, barged past stewards after Hibs scored a late winning goal against St Johnstone.

He escaped a football banning order after giving the court an undertaking he would not go to any Hibs match for the rest of this season.

Sheriff Gillian Wade told Bridgland, from Scone: “This behaviour is extremely unimpressive. You behave in a foolish and irresponsible way and it will have consequences for you as you now have a criminal conviction.

“It was totally unnecessary and spoiled the occasion for you and others who were trying to deal with your ridiculous behaviour.

“You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself. I take into account that you have no previous convictions.

“I am not satisfied that the quite draconian measure of a football banning order is required.”

The Hibs supporter’s pitch invasion was broadcast on live television as he charged towards a group of players in the 84th minute.

Bridgland admitted breaching the peace during the St Johnstone v Hibs match at McDiarmid Park in Perth on February 27 this year.

He admitted running from his seat, climbing over the perimeter wall, forcing his way past stewards, running across the pitch and standing with the players.

Fiscal depute Matthew Kerr told Perth Sheriff Court that there were 3,600 fans at the match, with 1,600 Hibs fans housed in the North Stand behind a goal.

Mr Kerr said: “With five minutes remaining in the game, Hibs scored a goal. He ran onto the playing surface, past numerous St Johnstone players with his arms in the air and his fists clenched.

“He ran through the penalty box, from one side to the other, to join in with the celebrating Hibs players. Police feared copycat action by other supporters, so they removed the accused from the pitch.”

Solicitor John McLaughlin, defending, said: “No-one would have known when he entered the pitch what his intentions were. He was embracing and being embraced by the players.

“He has acted in an exceptionally stupid and irresponsible manner. He is genuine in his remorse and appreciates a moment of exuberation can have far reaching consequences. He was effectively overtaken by emotion.

“He has no intention of attending any more games this season and would give the court an undertaking to that effect.”

Bridgland admitted shoving his way past stewards and entering the field of play when Scotland player Marc McNulty scored to put Hibs 2-1 ahead with five minutes to play.

During the BT Sport TV coverage, Bridgland could then be seen careering across the pitch to join the celebrating Hibs players in a group huddle.

Sheriff Wade rejected the Crown’s motion for a football banning order and said: “He got carried away with the whole situation.”

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Hearts’ Sean Clare has publicly shown his support for rival Marvin Bartley over the racial abuse the Hibs midfielder suffered at this month’s Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle.

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The 32-year-old was targeted as he warmed up during the Ladbrokes Premiership clash, which Hibs won 2-1 thanks to a double from Daryl Horgan, with footage emerging of a Hearts fan branding the former Burnley and Leyton Orient player a “n*****” and a “black c***”.

Bartley earlier this week thanked fans “of various clubs and people of all creeds and colours” for the support he received in the aftermath of the incident.

In a message on Twitter, the ex-Bournemouth man wrote: “Just logged onto an unreal amount of messages of support from fans of various clubs and people of all creeds and colours nationwide. Thank you all for taking time out of your day to show support! #NoToRacism”.

Responding to Bartley, Clare wrote: “Putting our rivalry aside, my support is with you bro and anyone of any ethnicity or race who is subjected to this disgusting behaviour.

“There is no place for it anywhere in society, let alone at a football match. Needs to be addressed worldwide.”

Bartley responded with: “Truly appreciated bro, you’re completely right and it needs to stop now! Look forward to kicking you soon” to which Clare replied: “Exactly that bro. Only if you can catch me though!”

Bartley had posted a statement on social media after being made aware of the footage, in which he said: “I take everything that is thrown at me, as untrue as it is, when playing [at Tynecastle] and simply get on with it, but the one thing that I refuse to accept is racial abuse.

“So maybe it is time to take action against these small-minded, ignorant people. Let’s not let it creep back into our game!”

A 38-year-old man was arrested by Police Scotland in the days following the derby, and charged with allegedly directing racial language towards Bartley during the game.

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Everyone loves a car sing-a-long. But one young Hibs fan has been melting hearts with her cute rendition of ‘Glory Glory to the Hibees’ while raising a few eyebrows with her ability to name the team’s forward line.

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Aria Beveridge, whose family live in Loanhead, has literally been a Hibs fan since before birth having attended the club’s Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers at Hampden in 2016 while inside her mum’s tummy.

The two-year-old’s aunty, Hayleigh Ross, told the Evening News that her sister Danielle was eight months pregnant with her at the time.

Hayleigh said: “Aria had her first Hibs top bought for her at the age of five months and she was taken to her first game. She was sat in the car and we played Hibs songs and that’s just been it. Every time in the car she asks: ‘Hibs please, Hibs please.’”

Hayleigh posted a video on twitter yesterday of her niece giving a rendition of ‘Glory Glory to the Hibees.’

In another video, taken a a few months ago, Aria also does very well to recite the names of players from the club’s forward line.

On her twitter post, Hayleigh writes: “What 2 year old do you know that knows the forward line??”

And she says her niece has even wowed her grandad, David Ross, also a big Hibs fan, by singing parts of Sunshine on Leith to him at his home.

She added: “My dad was so chuffed. We will be sitting in the living room and she’ll just come out with it, ‘grandad can we play Sunshine on Leith.’”

The youngster also likes to sit in the shopping trolley and sing while her mum walks around Asda.

Aria’s mum, Danielle, said: “I’m super proud of her, she absolutely loves the Hibees, loves going to the games with me. Every time we get in the car it’s always “Hibees on Mummy” so she can sing along.”

The videos posted on twitter have led to many people suggesting little Aria should get a free season ticket or get the chance to be a Hibs mascot.

Hayleigh said the club’s stadium announcer, Barrie Wilkins, got in touch last night about the possibility of her being a mascot next season.

Hayleigh added: “She is so confident and would be running onto the pitch to do that.”

Aria has already got her season ticket for 2019/20.

She will be turning three years old in July.

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Celtic’s title party preparations have probably been pretty much finalised, the only details to be settled being where and when.

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Both those questions could be answered at Easter Road on Sunday. Should Old Firm rivals Rangers fail to beat Hearts at Tynecastle 24 hour earlier, then the second leg of an astonishing third treble could be clinched on the other side of Edinburgh.

To see former boss Neil Lennon cavort around the pitch he once called home rejoicing in an eighth successive title for the Hoops is something Hibs supporters would dearly avoid having to witness.

But, insisted Easter Road veteran Steven Whittaker, Paul Heckingbottom’s players have to ignore the hype which would inevitably engulf the match should that scenario arise and concentrate simply concentrate on continuing the turnaround their season has enjoyed since the new head coach arrived.

A remarkable 20 points out of a possible 24 not only earned what had once appeared an unlikely top six finish, but an equally outlandish tilt at claiming a place in the Europa League for a second successive season.

This time last year Celtic turned up at Easter Road for the first of the five post-split matches, Lennon getting the better of then Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers and so putting off their celebrations for a week.

Admitting a repeat of that 2-1 result would be ideal which would also help make amends for Celtic’s Scottish Cup victory over Hibs a few weeks ago, Whittaker conceded it was a big ask.

He said: “If Celtic can do it on the day that will be a huge incentive for them, but even if they can’t I’m sure they’ll want to make sure they can get the title wrapped up as quickly as possible.

“Obviously you don’t want to see them winning it on your pitch, but regardless of how things are it won’t change our game plan in any way. No matter what Celtic have to play for on the day, we’ll only have the three points in our sights.”

Watching his old pal Scott Brown lift trophy after trophy has become a regular feature of Scottish football, the Celtic skipper like himself defying the years, Whittaker now in the 19th season of a career which began at Easter Road as one of that “golden generation” which also included Kevin Thomson, Garry O’Connor, Derek Riordan and Steven Fletcher.

Whittaker, back at Hibs for a second spell having played for Rangers and Norwich City, said: “Scott’s career speaks for itself, it’s been fantastic and I am sure he will be hoping to win a couple more trophies before the end of this season.

“Every time he’s been written off he just bounces back. I saw it with Davie Weir at Rangers playing up to and beyond 40. Everty time the team didn’t play well, not necessarily Davie, it ws a case of ‘he’s too old, he’s this or he’s that’.

“But he was a real warrior that kept going and playing to that age, what he achieved was phenomenal. I think Davie came into the game a bit later than the likes of Scott and myself, but if you work it out, we’ve probably had careers of a similar length. I’m 34, turning 35 so that would be another four years or so away for me – I don’t know if my body would take it.”

Whittaker admits watching youngsters such as Ryan Porteous, Oli Shaw and Sean Mackie begin to make their mark in Hibs first team turns back the clock to the days he and the others who went on to have such successful careers – all playing for Scotland – were in that position.

He said: “Throughout the years Hibs have a good reputation for bringing through young players. Garry and Derek were a year older than Scott, Kevin and myself while Steven was a year younger.

“We were lucky, Bobby Williamson was the sort who gave youngsters a chance, you were thrown in and you could either sink or swim. We could showcase our talent, we kept playing and that stood us in great stead for the careers we’ve had having such experience as such a young age.

“When Bobby moved on Tony Mowbray came in and he was great for us at the time, a great coach while we were all young, keen, fit boys wanting to learn and it all seemed to click into place for us.

“You got your chance but you could see boys who had the talent but who fell by the wayside. But we all had a good attitude and were willing to learn. And as we have seen with the boys coming through at the minute, you still get your opportunities to play here.”

Whittaker, however, looks unlikely to play on Sunday having only just returned to action with an hour-long run out in Monday’s SPFL Reserve League win over Dundee United having been out injured since Heckingbottom’s first day in charge.

“It’s been frustrating,” he admitted. “With a new manager coming you want to show him what you can do but in his very first training session I pulled my hip flexor.

“It wasn’t the ideal start but that’s part and parcel of football. I’ve had to do my rehabilitation and have now got to the point of getting some minutes on the pitch.

“With the season coming to an end it’s probably going to be hard for me to get back involved but I’ll keep working away and try to put myself in the best place I can.

“Of course everyone wants to play but we are all in it together. Whether you are playing or not you just want the club to be doing well and it’s great to see the side on such a good run since the new manager came in. Everything has settled down, we are happy and enjoying the results at the minute.”

Hibs go into the final straight buoyed by a first derby victory at Tynecastle in six years and Whittaker believes going higher isn’t beyond them. He said: “I’m sure there will be a few twists and turns to come with everyone playing each other. The way the fixtures have fallen, with Celtic, Hearts and Aberdeen at home, has been not too bad for us. We’ve got six points to make up but we’ll take it game by game, hope to eat into that and be in a better position when it’s all over.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4908480.1555424083!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4908480.1555424083!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Steven Whittaker challenges Celtic's Scott Sinclair during a meeting between the two teams at Easter Road last season. Pic: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Steven Whittaker challenges Celtic's Scott Sinclair during a meeting between the two teams at Easter Road last season. Pic: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4908480.1555424083!/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/oli-shaw-explains-why-positional-switch-can-help-force-way-into-hibs-team-1-4908533","id":"1.4908533","articleHeadline": "Oli Shaw explains why positional switch can help force way into Hibs team","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1555479000000 ,"articleLead": "

Oli Shaw hopes becoming a bit of a wide boy will help him strengthen his claim for a place in Paul Heckingbottom’s side as Hibs begin a final push for a place in the Europa League.

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The Easter Road striker has only made five appearances since Heckingbottom became the city club’s new head coach, all of them as a substitute.

But now the 21-year-old has his fingers crossed a change of position could prove key to his desire for greater involvement in the closing five matches of the season, starting with Sunday’s visit from Celtic.

Heckingbottom has initiated a tactical change as Hibs have gone unbeaten in eight games in the Premiership, collecting an impressive 20 points out of a possible 24, one which has seen Florian Kamberi being asked to play wide left in a 4-3-3 formation and leaving Marc McNulty as the lone striker.

It’s a switch which has been replicated in the SPFL Reserve League with Shaw filling that position, the youngster scoring as Hibs defeated Dundee United 2-0 at East Mains on Monday, a win which took them back to the top of the table.

Although seen as a more traditional striker, Shaw insisted he’s enjoying adapting to his new role on the flank, saying: “We’ve been laying a 4-3-3, so there is only one place for a striker.

“I’ve been asked to go out wide and add different positions to my game as it gives you a better chance to come on and play in matches. As a player, you are always developing and learning new things. The manager has come in and implemented new things, so the whole squad are working hard to get that nailed down for the next five games and going into next season.

“He knows how he wants to play and knows what he wants to do. We’ll all work hard and it’s important for me to develop my game and find different positions I can play in. At the end of the day you want to play football, so learning a new position can aid me in that respect.”

Shaw admitted it’s been a change to always being in the box looking for a “poacher’s finish”, but he told the club website: “The manager has asked me to go out and do a job in a new position and I am working hard to implement what he wants to see from me in that wide position.

“Hopefully I’m doing that well and maybe I’ll get a chance back in the first team.”

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Hibs midfielder Marvin Bartley has thanked fans “of various clubs and people of all creeds and colours” for the support he received in the aftermath of a racial abuse incident during the Edinburgh derby with Hearts at Tynecastle earlier this month.

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The 32-year-old was targeted as he warmed up during the Ladbrokes Premiership clash, which Hibs won 2-1 thanks to a double from Daryl Horgan, with footage emerging of a Hearts fan branding the former Burnley and Leyton Orient player a “n*****” and a “black c***”.

Bartley posted a statement on social media after being made aware of the footage, in which he said: “I take everything that is thrown at me, as untrue as it is, when playing [at Tynecastle] and simply get on with it, but the one thing that I refuse to accept is racial abuse.

“So maybe it is time to take action against these small-minded, ignorant people. Let’s not let it creep back into OUR game!”

Earlier today Bartley returned to social media to show his appreciation to those who had contacted him in the immediate aftermath.

In a message posted on Twitter, the midfielder wrote: “Just logged onto an unreal amount of messages of support from fans of various clubs and people of all creeds and colours nationwide. 
“Thank you all for taking time out of your day to show support! #NoToRacism”.

A 38-year-old man was arrested by Police Scotland in the days following the derby, and charged with allegedly directing racial language towards Bartley during the game.

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The Edinburgh Evening News football app is to close as we improve how you get the very latest on our mobile-friendly website.

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We are constantly trying to improve the way we deliver the latest news and insight about the Capital's football clubs and have decided to close our downloadable app as our responsive website is the best place to go for updates.

The app will close shortly and will be removed from the Google Play and Apple stores, so please go to our Sport section to keep on top of what is happening at Hearts and Hibs.

You’ll see that we are constantly building on how we cover match days and how we bring you the latest transfer news and rumours from around the world. There will be new sections on the site for both match coverage and transfer news.

We will also be continuing to bring you more data-driven insight into your club and the league they play in and more opinions about what is happening on and off the pitch.

So, bookmark the Hearts or Hibs section on your browser, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and we’ll see you in the stands.

" ,"byline": {"email": "sam.shedden@jpress.co.uk" ,"author": "EEN Reporter"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4908583.1555429346!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4908583.1555429346!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The EEN football app will close.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The EEN football app will close.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4908583.1555429346!/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/why-stevie-mallan-should-win-hibs-player-of-the-season-award-1-4908387","id":"1.4908387","articleHeadline": "Why Stevie Mallan should win Hibs’ Player of the Season award","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1555416469000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs host their Player of the Year award ceremony at the end of this month - and there’s really only one obvious contender, writes Patrick McPartlin

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Fans of most clubs would no doubt bite your hand off if you offered them a versatile midfielder who would reach double figures for goals and assists, play nearly every game and was still in his early twenties.

Hibs have exactly that in Stevie Mallan, but the former Barnsley man is something of a polarising figure with the Easter Road faithful.

A quick glance on social media midway through the season would have presented a rather negative view of the ex-St Mirren youngster, despite a near-perfect start to life in green and white with a debut double in the Europa League qualifier against NSI Runavik and the same again in the return leg in the Faroe Islands.

Mallan’s arrival coincided with the departure of Dylan McGeouch to Sunderland and Scott Allan’s return to parent club Celtic and although he briefly played alongside fellow former Buddy John McGinn, the Scotland international had joined Aston Villa by the end of the summer transfer window, and the last third of what was widely regarded as the best midfield outwith Celtic last season had left the building.

Former Hibs head coach Neil Lennon accepted he would have a hard time replacing the trio, but the lengthy pursuit of Mallan, the near-constant link with a return for Allan - permanent or otherwise - and the arrival of veteran Australia international Mark Milligan and Republic of Ireland cap Daryl Horgan to join Marvin Bartley, Vykintas Slivka and the emerging talent of Fraser Murray looked like good acquisitions on paper.

Throughout a season where Hibs have used 35 players in total, and myriad combinations in midfield under Lennon, joint caretaker-managers Eddie May and Grant Murray, and now Paul Heckingbottom, Mallan has been the one constant as he has featured in every game bar one, and has played the full 90 minutes in all but six matches - as well as the full 120 minutes plus penalties of the Betfred Cup quarter-final defeat to Aberdeen in September.

Like most players in the squad, he suffered a dip in form mid-season but since the departure of Lennon has scored three goals and contributed five assists, including the winner against Livingston last month, and the pass for Daryl Horgan’s decisive second against Hearts at Tynecastle last weekend.

He has 13 goals and 11 assists for the season so far, and it’s not inconceivable that both those numbers will rise before the end of the season.

It’s worth remembering that Mallan only turned 23 last month but has already played more than 160 senior games for St Mirren, Barnsley and Hibs.

His stats this term are all the more impressive given he played just eight times last season and completed the full 90 minutes in just half of those matches.

He stands a very good chance of winning the club’s Player of the Year award - although Hibs fans will ensure there is plenty of competition - but while there’s no question that the new coaching staff have benefited the team as a whole, and many individuals, the work Heckingbottom has done with Mallan is particularly notable.

He’s filled four positions, operating on the left and right of midfield, as well as in the middle and just behind the front two.

Heckingbottom’s tactical awareness has seen him tweak his formation to get the best out of his squad, and it’s to Mallan’s credit that, wherever he is asked to play, he tends to deliver.

Ostensibly a central midfielder, the bulk of his goals and assists under Heckingbottom have come from left or right midfield.

Mallan’s adaptability has had a positive effect on his team-mates too.

His ability to operate on either side of the midfield has allowed Vykintas Slivka to operate in a more central role when called upon, which has got the best out of him, while Stephane Omeonga has also been accommodated in the middle.

As soon as Hibs took the lead against Hearts, Heckingbottom changed things up, pushing Omeonga further forward to give the defence an out-ball, and getting Mallan to sit deeper.

It worked well as Hibs created a further three chances as a result of the switch.

Heckingbottom’s tactical nous has rightly received plentiful praise but his squad have played a big part in its success, none more so than Mallan.

In terms of Mallan’s team-mates, Lewis Stevenson has, as usual, been a model of consistency at left-back while the arrival of forward Marc McNulty and midfielder Stephane Omeonga at the halfway point of the season have seen Hibs play with a renewed sense of vigour.

In defence, right-back and club captain David Gray, and veteran centre-half Darren McGregor, have had decent campaigns while winger Daryl Horgan has been quietly effective in midfield, although his output suffered following Lennon’s decision to shoehorn him into the number 10 role in a bid to spark some creativity into his stuttering team during the autumn / winter dip.

Florian Kamberi hasn’t had the same impact as his first few months with the club but has still racked up 13 goals and seven assists and the striker remains a popular character with fans and players while versatile midfielder / defender Mark Milligan has grown into a key player since his return from the Asian Cup.

Mallan has been picked by every management combination Hibs have had this season, but what sets him apart from colleagues such as Slivka or Stevenson is what he brings to the team. He may not have the enforcer tendencies of Marvin Bartley, or the light-footedness of Ryan Gauld, but 13 goals and 11 assists so far make it hard to leave him on the bench. No other Easter Road midfielder has come close to contributing similar.

It’s unlikely that Mallan will repeat those numbers next season, especially with Scott Allan in the team, but his versatility and threat from dead balls, as well as his willingness to shoot from pretty much anywhere inside the opponent’s half makes him a very useful player to have around - especially under a head coach like Heckingbottom.

A case could be made for any of three or four players to win Hibs’ Player of the Year award - but none as convincing as Mallan’s.

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Jonathan Spector believes Hibs will be a team to fear in the battle for a Europa League place as they go into the final five matches of the season unbeaten in eight matches.

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Hibs have taken 20 points out of a possible 24 since Paul Heckingbottom was appointed head coach, a run which not only clinched a top-six finish but climbed the club to fifth with a derby win over rivals Hearts.

Following the victory at Tynecastle, a first in Gorgie in six years, Heckingbottom made it clear the eyes of both him and his players were now firmly fixed on the two teams ahead of them, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.

Six points in front, those two clubs are in pole position to claim European football depending on the outcome of the Scottish Cup final between Celtic and Hearts.

But with the top six teams now going head-to-head on a weekly basis, Spector, who will be experiencing the Premiership’s “split” for the first time, believes that situation could rapidly change.

Hibs kick-off their bid to catch the Dons and Killie with a home match against Celtic on Sunday, a fixture they won this time last year and, with three of their five matches to be played at Easter Road, Spector insisted opposition teams will be wary.

The veteran American defender said: “We knew how important it was for the club to finish top six, which we have done. Now we want to push on and see how high we can go in the table.

“With the run of form we are on we have a great chance to progress and test ourselves against the top teams in the league.

“I don’t think the other teams will fancy taking us on right now, especially at Easter Road, with the run we are on. Confidence is high and we are pushing in the right direction. I think they’ll be looking at us and thinking ‘tough game’.

“That’s a great testament to how the team has been doing. It will be a big test for us but they’ll be coming into games knowing it will be tough and that they’ll have to be at their best to beat us.”

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It’s going to be an ending to the season like no other for Jonathan Spector, the first time the Hibs defender has come across a system which sees the Premiership split in half.

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But the prospect of facing Scotland’s leading teams in quick succession over the course of the next week is one which the 33-year-old American insists has filled him with excitement.

Although Paul Heckingbottom’s players ultimately clinched a berth in the top six with some comfort, that was little more than an aspiration for the players and management when Spector initially arrived on trial before earning a short-term contract.

By then, though, Hibs had already embarked on what has become an astonishing run in which they have taken 20 points from the 24 on offer, putting them very much in the hunt for a place in next season’s Europa League.

Kilmarnock and Aberdeen, currently six points ahead, remain favourites to clinch a European adventure but, claimed Spector, it’s all to play for as the top teams are pitched against each other week by week.

As someone who spent the bulk of his career in England with West Ham United and Birmingham City, the Scottish set-up is something new. “It’s a unique way of doing it but it could be an interesting time,” he said. “We all knew how important it was for the club to finish in the top six, which we have done.

“Now we want to push on and see how far we can go in the table. With the run we have been on it’s a great chance to keep progressing, a good opportunity to play the top teams in the league every week.

“There is a significance in playing for something. I remember in England finishing mid-table and it was just a case of seeing the season out. Don’t get me wrong, playing in the Premier League is a great achievement, but to be playing for something is exciting.

“We know we can’t win the league, but we can try to push for one of those European places.”

Hibs begin that quest in exactly the same manner as last season, with champions elect Celtic coming to Easter Road on Sunday, the only change being that Neil Lennon will be in the away dug-out. He’s already enjoyed that experience, of course, returning for the first time since a departure, the reasons for which are still shrouded in secrecy, to steer the Glasgow outfit to a Scottish Cup win and so remain on track for a third successive treble.

Hibs, however, won this time last year and Spector believes having been over this particular course before – the top six is made up of exactly the same clubs as 12 months ago – will stand Heckingbottom’s players in good stead.

“We have a good mix of established, experienced players and some exciting young guys,” he said. “And while every match is going to be tough, I don’t think the other sides will fancy playing us at the moment, particularly at Easter Road. I think it’s a great testament to the boys having done so well and opposition teams will know they’ll have to be at their best to beat us.”

Spector’s arrival in Edinburgh, following a couple of seasons back in the United States with Orlando City, was in response to Heckingbottom recognising his squad was a touch light at the back given the season ending injury to centre half Ryan Porteous, the American’s versatility offering cover in a number of positions.

And it paid off as he stepped from the bench to replace skipper David Gray, who had suffered a head knock, during the second half of the latest Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle, taking to the pitch with Hibs leading 2-1 and helping them to notch a first win in Gorgie in six years.

Spector said: “I knew at half-time I was probably going to go on so I was able to make sure I was properly prepared for whenever that call might come. I’ve plenty of experience of these type of game so I was able to come on and draw on that even although I hadn’t played first team football for a while. Derbies are all pretty similar, the atmosphere is electric and you feed off that energy from the fans.

“I was aware before the game that it was a while since Hibs had won there, but I didn’t realise it was six years so it was fantastic to win and send the travelling support home happy. You could see what it meant to the boys in the team who are Hibs fans, just how special it was. I’d never try to say it means more to me than them, but it was important to me as well to win.”

Having savoured that white-hot atmosphere, Spector was in much calmer surroundings two days later, facing Rangers in the SPFL Reserve League. He said: “It was important to get another 90 minutes under my belt in terms of match fitness.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4907827.1555357866!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4907827.1555357866!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Jonathan Spector trains with striker Oli Shaw at East Mains. The pair will be looking to provide competition for the first XI","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Jonathan Spector trains with striker Oli Shaw at East Mains. The pair will be looking to provide competition for the first XI","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4907827.1555357866!/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-return-to-the-top-of-the-spfl-reserve-league-with-one-game-to-play-1-4907951","id":"1.4907951","articleHeadline": "Hibs return to the top of the SPFL Reserve League with one game to play","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1555353823000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs have revived their slim hopes of taking the SPFL Reserve League title following a 2-0 win over Dundee United.

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The Easter Road side had gone into the match trailing league leaders Celtic by a point but the Parkhead youngster’s suffered defeat at the hands of Rangers.

A strong Hibs side, including the likes of Steven Whittaker, Ryan Gauld, Marvin Bartley, Thomas Ageypong and Jonathan Spector took full advantage.

A first-half strike from Lewis Allan and a second by Oli Shaw after the interval earned them a comfortable win and took them back into pole position, two points ahead of Celtic and Rangers – for whom Glenn Middleton scored twice.

The Glasgow sides, however, both have a game in hand over Hibs who play their final match of the season away to Dunfermline Athletic next Monday knowing only a win will keep their title hopes alive.

Hibs: Dabrowski, Whittaker (Campbell 60), Spector, Johnson, Mackie (Donaldson 51), Bigirimana, Bartley (Block 72), Gauld (I Murray 60), Allan, Shaw, Agyepong (Gullan 45). Subs not used: Martin, Waugh.

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Follow The Scotsman’s daily blog as we keep you updated with all the latest news, views, rumours and much more from around Scottish football.

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4907472.1555331778!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4907472.1555331778!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Moussa Dembele is being watched by Manchester United and Arsenal. Picture: SNS/Craig Foy","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Moussa Dembele is being watched by Manchester United and Arsenal. Picture: SNS/Craig Foy","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4907472.1555331778!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"5793294221001"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/revealed-how-many-tv-appearances-made-by-hearts-and-hibs-in-the-premiership-this-season-1-4907646","id":"1.4907646","articleHeadline": "Revealed: How many TV appearances made by Hearts and Hibs in the Premiership this season","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1555331412000 ,"articleLead": "

It is widely accepted in Scottish football that Celtic and Rangers will dominate live television coverage. But how do Hearts and Hibs compare?

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By the final day of the season there will have been 59 live Premiership games shown across Sky Sports and BT. Scroll through to see where the Edinburgh teams rank.

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Paul Heckingbottom is set to have near full first-team squad available for the first time as Hibs prepare to launch a final push for a place in the Europa League.

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The Easter Road boss has, astonishingly, only used 12 players to start the eight Premiership matches since he arrived to replace Neil Lennon given the lengthy injury list he inherited.

Heckingbottom has yet to see Ryan Gauld, Steven Whittaker, Thomas Agyepong, Adam Bogdan or Darnell Johnson in first-team action but even so, the Capital club has taken 20 points out of a possible 24 in the Ladbrokes Premiership, clinching a top six finish, lifting them above city rivals Hearts and leaving them hot on the heels of Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.

While winger Martin Boyle and defender Ryan Porteous remain out for the rest of the season following respective knee surgeries, Heckingbottom insisted there is still time for others to make an impact in the five remaining matches, starting with the visit of Celtic on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Bogdan played his first 90 minutes since suffering concussion in the Scottish Cup tie with Elgin City more than two months ago in last Monday’s SPFL Reserve League game with Rangers as did Johnson, the on-loan Leicester City defender having suffered an ankle injury as he made his debut against Celtic at the beginning of February.

American defender Jonathan Spector also got his first full match under his belt that day before making his debut in the derby win over Hearts while Manchester City winger Agyepong, out for four months with a thigh injury, and Sporting Lisbon midfielder Gauld, who has been nursing a hamstring problem, both played 45 minutes.

Heckingbottom revealed Whittaker, who has been battling a groin injury for the past two months, would also have featured against Rangers but for illness.

Today’s reserve match with Dundee United at Oriam could provide all those players with a further opportunity to gain match fitness and Heckingbottom admitted he’ll relish having greater numbers at his disposal in the next few weeks.

He said: “We’ve only been working with 18 players for the majority of the time and it’s been good. But you do need different options, different games call for different things. It’s all about getting them game time.

“They are frustrated at not being able to be involved. Unfortunately they’ve been unable to do that so far and have felt a bit helpless – but there is still time for them to make an impact before the season is over.”

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Paul Heckingbottom has revealed how Stephane Omeonga has mapped out the way for others to force their way into his plans.

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The Belgian Under-21 midfielder was one Easter Road player Heckingbottom didn’t know too much about as he became Hibs new head coach, Omeonga having arrived shortly beforehand on loan from Italian Serie A outfit Genoa until the end of the season.

Omeonga was pitched straight into action by Neil Lennon in what turned out to be his last match as Hibs boss, a 1-0 defeat. However, he lasted just 45 minutes before being replaced by Vykintas Slivka and made just two further appearances as a substitute before the former Barnsley and Leeds United manager took the helm.

Omeonga immediately caught Heckingbottom’s eye, but had to settle for a place on the bench for his first three matches – although he did play a part in each of them, the verve and energy he brought in the middle of the park earning him a starting place in each of Hibs last six games.

The first may have ended in a Scottish Cup defeat by Celtic on Lennon’s return to Easter Road, but Omeonga has helped the Capital club make it 20 points out of a possible 24 under Heckingbottom as they not only clinched a top six place in the Premiership table, but leapfrogged city rivals Hearts and into fifth ahead of the post-split fixtures.

Heckingbottom said: “We knew the team we wanted to play when we came through the door, but in the first training session Stephane impressed. I spoke to him about his role, how I saw it and what he had to look to improve on.

“You have to impress in training to get on the bench and impress when you get on the pitch to get into the team. Stephane made an impact coming off the bench which is important and when you do that you have to be rewarded with a starting place.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4906433.1555070751!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4906433.1555070751!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Stephane Omeonga has shone during his loan spell at Hibs. Pic: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Stephane Omeonga has shone during his loan spell at Hibs. Pic: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4906433.1555070751!/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/20-iconic-scottish-cup-semi-final-moments-from-the-last-20-years-1-4906601","id":"1.4906601","articleHeadline": "20 iconic Scottish Cup semi-final moments from the last 20 years","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1555078569000 ,"articleLead": "

Get ready for the two matches at Hampden Park this weekend by taking a trip with us down memory lane.

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For all the latest Scottish news, sport and features click here, or head to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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Former Pittodrie youngster John Stewart, left, would later net the winner.","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Sean O'Connor, centre, celebrates during Queen of the South's 4-3 win over Aberdeen in 2008. Former Pittodrie youngster John Stewart, left, would later net the winner.","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4906600.1555078819!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/scottish-premiership-how-this-season-s-average-attendance-compares-with-the-last-15-years-1-4906410","id":"1.4906410","articleHeadline": "Scottish Premiership: How this season’s average attendance compares with the last 15 years","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1555070159000 ,"articleLead": "

Scottish football fans have generated plenty of criticism this season, some of which is warranted, some of which is certainly not.

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The current average attendance in the Ladbrokes Premiership stands at a healthy 16,276. How does that compare to the last 15 years? Click through to see where it is ranked.

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The Scottish Premiership has been one of the best attended leagues in world football in the last five years.

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More than 11,600 attended games in the top tier on average between 2013 and 2018.

In a list of 51 leagues analysed by CIES Football Observatory the Premiership’s average of 11,697 placed in 14th, ahead of Russia, Portugal, Poland and Belgium.

The figure, however, has fallen since 2003 with the average between 2003 and 2008 15,737. It dropped to 13,380 during 2008 and 2013.

It equated to a 26 per cent decrease across that time.

In the last five years Celtic’s average of 49,697 has contributed to 36.5 per cent of the league’s total attendance with the drop being down to Rangers plying their trade below the top flight.

The Old Firm are also in the top 20 for highest average attendances in world football.

There is more positive news this season with the league’s average attendance currently standing at 16,276.

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The League One title was theirs but only for a few seconds, Arbroath’s moment of glory put on ice as news filtered through at Gayfield Park that Raith Rovers had postponed the party with a late, late equaliser against basement side Stenhousemuir.

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And, revealed former Hibs player David Gold, word of Liam Buchanan’s strike was delivered in a fashion only football can supply, cheers from the supporters of Angus rivals Montrose – even although their side had been beaten.

It is, however, inevitable that the Red Lichties will celebrate promotion to the Championship, tomorrow’s match away to Brechin City offering the opportunity to do so with three games still remaining.

Should Dick Campbell’s side take at least a point at Glebe Park it will cap a remarkable journey for Gold and his team-mates, Arbroath having finished second bottom of League Two only three years ago.

The following season saw them top the pile in that division but rather that simply consolidate in League One last season, they missed out on back-to-back promotions by being beaten in the play-offs by Dumbarton.

Undeterred, they’ve upset the odds again as they’ve left Raith, heavily fancied at the start of the season given they are the only full-time club, trailing in their wake.

However, even although he and his team-mates would appear to have one hand on the trophy, 26-year-old Gold insisted nothing was being taken for granted, choosing to ignore the fact that Arbroath enjoyed a 5-1 in Brechin earlier in the season with him claiming the opening goal.

Pointing out that Brechin have their own agenda as they seek to claw their away from the threat of relegation, he said: “We’re not getting carried away, anything can happen in football and we still have to go out there tomorrow with the same mindset we’ve shown all season.

“We probably turned in our best performance of the season last time we were there, but they gave us a difficult time in our two home games and this will be another tough match as they have a lot to play for themselves.”

Only willing to concede Arbroath are in “a good position”, 12 points ahead of Raith with only 12 to play for, he added: “We know a draw against Brechin will be enough, but the aim will be to get the win.

“It would have been nice to have done that in front of our own fans last week but unfortunately that wasn’t to be. When our game against Montrose had finished we were told Raith had been beaten but then their fans began cheering as if they’d won the game rather than losing it.

“As one of our local rivals they were just happy that at least we hadn’t won the league against them. That’s just the sort of banter you get in football, it’s all just part of the game.”

Tomorrow’s match will actually be a third local derby in as many weeks for Arbroath, a 2-1 defeat by Forfar having preceded last weekend’s win.

Gold said: “I don’t think you can say we’ve had an easy run-in playing all our local rivals. But this is a tough league, obviously Raith are there but there’s also the likes of Forfar and East Fife while Montrose are also just out of the play-off places at the moment.”

Now in his fourth season with Arbroath, Gold believes their success in recent seasons is pretty easy to explain. He said: “Dick Campbell’s man management is excellent. He and the team he has about them are terrific and if you look at his CV he’s done well with a number of clubs on a part-time level.

“But the core of the boys have been there since I joined the club. There’s only been the odd wee tweak from 
season to season. We’ve got a good squad, it’s a good club and we are doing well. Everyone connected with the club has done their part.

“Dick and his team make it a good place to be, you want to turn up, work hard in training and enjoy your football, I think you can see that given the number of boys who have wanted to stay with the club.

“We won League Two on the last game of the season and I thought we did well last season. We should probably have finished third but for a crazy defeat on the last day which put us down to fourth.

“But we were unlucky in the play-offs – we lost out 3-2 on aggregate to Dumbarton – but in terms of performance I think you’d be had pushed to say who was the better team.

“I think if you had said to us at the start of this season that we’d be going into the last four games 12 points ahead we’d have bitten your hand off.”

Gold insisted that such had been the players’ focus on getting themselves over the line they were unaware even if there had been any celebrations planned last week – or if there are any pencilled in should 
everything go well tomorrow.

He said: “We don’t have a clue as to what goes on behind the scenes. It’s that boring old cliche of win the next game – that’s what we have been doing. A few people have asked me if the champagne had to be put back on ice but I couldn’t tell you. I don’t think there was, that’s not what we are about.”

Arbroath may be part-time but for Gold football remains a full-time occupation, the midfielder running the highly popular Gold and Gray Soccer Academy fellow footballer Ross Gray.

And, he admitted, that other than training on Monday and Wednesday nights at McDiarmid Park with his team-mates, he’s hardly had time to focus on tomorrow, with the schools Easter holidays seeing 100 kids honing their skills at the Jack Kane Centre and at Dundas Park.

He said: “I got into it a 
couple of years and since 
then it’s grown arms and legs. I’m absolutely loving it, 
we have a lot of different projects that we look after, 
we have a few relationships with local boys’ clubs, we offer one-to-one sessions, small groups, birthday parties and so on.

“We cater for a lot, but to get youngsters out playing is 
brilliant, really rewarding.”

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Hibs midfielder Gael Bigirmana has revealed how he hopes to force his way into boss Paul Heckingbottom’s plans for the final five games of the season, admitting he’s not enjoyed as much football as he’d have wanted following his surprise transfer deadline-day signing from Motherwell.

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The 25-year-old made his Easter Road debut just two days later, a second-half substitute appearance against Aberdeen on February 2, but has not featured since and not at all under Heckingbottom.

He did, however, play the full 90 minutes of the SPFL Reserve League clash with Rangers earlier this week and having impressed during that match, he now has his fingers crossed Heckingbottom will take notice.

Revealing the former Barnsley and Leeds United manager has been up front with him as to where he stands, Bigirimana said: “As a player it is up to me to show my ability and play with a positive attitude.

“The rest is for the manager to make his judgment call. He has watched all the games I have played in and hopefully he will feel that I have done well against Rangers.

“He’s always been honest with me. Sometimes as player you want to hear the honesty, but sometimes the truth is too hard to swallow. At the end of the day you appreciate that more. He has told me where I am in order for the team.

“The team is obviously doing well and it’s hard to break into, but it is up to me to work hard and earn my place in it. I want to help the team and if I can then it will be good for me.

“Since I have come to Hibs I haven’t played as much as I would have liked, but I thank God for me being able to participate in the game and that I managed to play all of it. Every player loves football and they want to be playing in matches.

“Even though it was a game in the reserve league, I cherish it. If it keeps me fit for the team and the future, then I can’t turn it down. It was good to be involved.”

Despite falling out of the reckoning, Bigirimana – who only signed to the end of the season – was part of the Burundi team last month which drew their final qualifying match with Gabon to seal a place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time.

He told Hibs’ official website: “As everybody saw, it was a historical moment for the nation and the team. It has been 57 years now since we got independence [from Belgium], and nothing has lifted the country like that game.”

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The 19-year-old man was arrested after the incident, which happened at Hearts' Tynecastle Stadium on Saturday, April 6, was reported on the following Monday.

The man will appear at court at a later date.

Inspector Kieran Dougal of Wester Hailes Police Station said: “These crimes are committed by a small minority intent on ruining a great atmosphere. Thankfully these types of incidents are very rare and are not a reflection vast majority of fans who attend football matches.

“However in order to protect everyone, we need all hate crimes to be reported to us. If you have been a victim of a hate crime you can report this to Police Scotland via 101.

“Alternatively you can report a hate crime through a third party, such as Edinburgh Council’s North Edinburgh Neighbourhood Office and the Edinburgh Central Mosque. More details can be found on the Police Scotland website.”

Bartley himself hit out at fans who allegedly racially abused him during the Edinburgh derby at the weekend, branding them “small-minded, ignorant people”.

Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster praised city rivals Hearts for the swift way in which they dealt with the “shocking” racist abuse thrown at Bartley.

Hibs ran out 2-1 winners in a derby game in which a coconut was thrown on the pitch and flares were set off by fans.

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Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster has underlined the club’s determination to stamp out hooliganism at Easter Road, revealing £100,000 is to be spent on what she described will be the best CCTV system in the country.

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Dempster admitted the Capital outfit had suffered “reputational damage” thanks to two recent high-profile incidents in which a half-bottle of Buckfast was thrown at Celtic’s Scott Sinclair, closely followed by a supporter confronting Rangers skipper James Tavernier.

While that fan Cameron Mack was quickly grabbed by a steward, arrested and only this week jailed for 100 days and banned from every football ground in the country for ten years, the bottle-thrower has yet to be identified. Dempster, however, was irked by the subsequent debate which questioned both the standard of stewarding and the current CCTV system, one which she disclosed was only three years old and as good as that currently employed at Hampden.

A plan to upgrade the present “pan and tilt” cameras operated from the match control room in the South Stand was, she insisted, already in place before those two incidents.

But now Hibs have decided to go even further with 11 cameras – each containing seven lenses – to be installed over the summer in addition to what is already in place. It will have the ability not only to cover every seat in the 20,400-capacity stadium from “the minute the gates open until the last fan has left and the ground is closed”, but trace any missile thrown back into the hand of the perpetrator with a clarity which could “read a tattoo on someone’s arm.”

Work on the massive installation will begin at the start of June and is expected to take three weeks by the time they are put in place and fully tested but will be in operation for the start of next season.

Admitting that while the current system is “excellent”, Dempster conceded there was a need for it to be enhanced given its limitations. She said: “It’s important that, where we think technology can be improved and help us, we utilise that.

“Prior to the events of the past couple of months, the club were already looking at additional cameras to help with supporter safety. Subsequent to those events, we’ve decided to not only implement the cameras we were looking at, but actually to install a whole range of cameras.

“So rather than a couple of cameras we were already going to add to an already excellent system, we’re now looking to put a new system in place for the start of the season – one that complements what we’ve got.

“It will add in, effectively, another 11 high-definition cameras into the stadium. That will give people extra assurance when they come into the stadium, knowing that we’ve added another layer for their safety.

“And I hope we don’t need to use them for this but, if there was another event in the stadium, we’re not in the situation where the traditional CCTV systems don’t catch it.

“Being honest with you, it would be difficult for us in terms of our reputation as a club, if we weren’t able to do that.

“So it’s a worthwhile investment for us, a system that will complement what we’ve got – and a system that should be future proof for the years ahead.

“We’re spending now, perhaps not to the degree we had been planning – but we’ve decided to go ahead and do everything possible now.”

Like everyone involved in running a football club, Dempster is well aware of the close interest politicians are taking at present, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf warning in the wake of Mack’s imprisonment – although he has appealed against his sentence – that “if no meaningful action is taken then we will act”.

Dempster, though, is adamant that Hibs, in common with others, are doing all they can to eradicate bad behaviour, meticulous planning going into every match with a detailed briefing beginning on a Thursday involving the club’s safety officer Alan Marshall, his deputy David Flynn, the opposition and all the relevant services concerned and covering a 44-item agenda with attention paid to every conceivable detail, a process which continues right up to kick-off.

The smuggling of prohibited items such as controlled containers – bottles, cans and the like – and, increasingly, pyrotechnics, is an obvious concern and again Hibs are looking to take even stricter measures to prevent them being brought into Easter Road.

The possibility of having Police Scotland deploy sniffer dogs capable of detecting the smoke bombs and flares – which Hibs insist are dangerous rather than a bit of harmless fun as some might suggest – and drugs is being discussed while highly-trained stewards are also covertly mingling with supporters. The club is also likely to pursue introducing a textline which fans can use to get in touch directly with those in the control room if they are unhappy with what’s going on around them although Hibs been heartened by the number of supporters who have already helped identify those who have helped tarnish the club’s name.

Dempster said: “I try to, wherever possible, highlight the things being done by all clubs, all the professional people in the background and the detailed operations and plans that clubs have to deliver games. And it is important that we do talk about that.

“I think sometimes it can look like we are not as organised as we could be and we need to get that message over. However, where we can improve and be better, we must try to be better.

“We want to make sure people come to the games, enjoy the experience and make sure football is not tarnished by this and get away from unacceptable behaviour.

“If we can create deterrents, whether they are stewards or cameras or whatever it may be, we need to use them.”

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Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster has praised city rivals Hearts for the swift way in which they dealt with the “shocking” racist abuse thrown at Easter Road midfielder Marvin Bartley during last weekend’s Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle.

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A video was circulated on social media showing Bartley warming up on the touchline with the caption “black c***”, the 32-year-old later revealing that, having obtained and viewed the clip without the sound removed, the individual could be heard repeatedly calling him a “n*****. Bartley branded the individual “small-minded and ignorant” but, while applauded by Dempster for the way in which he’d handled the situation, the Easter Road chief was left stunned by it. She said: “When I saw the incident on Monday, I was very shocked by it. Really shocked. Every incident of that nature is shocking, but that was particularly graphic in terms of the audio. To actually see that on film was really shocking. It was great credit to the people at Hearts and the supporters of Hearts that reported it and ensured the individual concerned was dealt with in the first instance. But I thought it was a shocking piece of video.

“It was incredibly difficult for Marvin to see and hear. I felt he dealt with it really well, as did the guys at Hearts.”

Police later revealed three people had been detained at the match, one of them over racist remarks, and the others in relation to the throwing of a coin and a flare.

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