{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"hibs","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/martin-boyle-makes-debut-as-hibs-trio-feature-for-australia-against-south-korea-1-4831347","id":"1.4831347","articleHeadline": "Martin Boyle makes debut as Hibs trio feature for Australia against South Korea","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1542457034469 ,"articleLead": "Hibs winger Martin Boyle made his Australia debut while Jamie Maclaren and Mark Milligan also featured as the Socceroos drew 1-1 with South Korea in Brisbane.","articleThumbnail": {"thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4831348.1542457086!/image/image.png_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.png","thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "editorial image"} ,"articleBody": "

Milligan, who was named as the country’s new captain following Mile Jedinak’s retirement from international football, said ahead of the game: “I am extremely humbled by the opportunity.

“I acknowledge it is a significant responsibility and it is one which I look forward to.”

The 33-year-old played the full match in central defence, while Maclaren lined up as the lone striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

South Korea took the lead against the run of play on 22 minutes, with Ui-Jo Hwang sending a fierce effort past Mat Ryan in the Australia goal after latching onto a long ball forward from Min-Jae Kim.

The home side pressed for an equaliser, and had the ball in the net on 54 minutes only for the linesman’s flag to rule it out for offside.

Maclaren made way for his Easter Road team mate Boyle on 71 minutes, and the debutant had his first attempt on goal on 83 minutes.

Tom Rogic attempted to release the 25-year-old, but the Celtic midfielder delayed his pass and South Korea blocked Boyle’s effort from outside the box.

Moments later Boyle had another chance but his header from Awer Mabil’s cross lacked power and was comfortably saved by Seung-Gyu Kim.

Milligan was cautioned for a foul on Hyun-Jun Suk on 88 minutes, with Boyle picked up a booking 60 seconds later, after catching Sang-Ho Na with a stray arm.

Boyle then had a glorious chance to grab a debut goal, but his shot deep into injury time was deflected behind.

From the resulting corner, Massimo Luongo fired home to earn the hosts a deserved point.

Australia: Ryan, Risdon, Sainsbury, Milligan, Behich, Mooy, Luongo, Leckie (Juric 85), Rogic, Kruse (Mabil 55), Maclaren (Boyle 71). Subs not used: Jeggo, Vukovic, Langerak, Irvine, Amini, Gersbach, Degenek, Jurman, Nabbout.

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Hibs made eight signings during the summer to bolster the Easter Road squad. We’ve marked each addition out of ten so far.

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Charalampos Mavrias and Miquel Nelom are omitted due to a lack of game time and the fact they were free agents who joined outwith the summer window.

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Sean Mackie thought his world had fallen apart when he was told as a 14-year-old he wasn’t good enough to play for Hibs.

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Today, though, the young defender is all smiles having made his Premiership debut for the Easter Road club. It may only have been for the final five minutes against Aberdeen but, the youngster revealed, it was a totally unexpected opportunity having resigned himself to watching the game from the stand at Pittodrie.

He said: “I’d travelled hoping to get a seat on the bench only to discover I was the one who’d missed out. But Marvin Bartley was struggling with his foot and decided it was too sore to play.

“The rest of the boys were already warming up for the game at that time. I wasn’t kitted so I had to quickly get changed and had to do my own warm-up.”

As a left-back, the 20-year-old knows he faces one of the toughest tasks in Scottish football in trying to oust Lewis Stevenson from the Hibs side, pointing out the club’s longest-serving player is “never injured”.

But it was a rare knock for Stevenson which presented Mackie with his chance. He said: “Lewis picked up a dead leg in a tackle and you could see he wasn’t moving properly and he told the gaffer he was 
struggling.

“It wasn’t long for me to make an impact, but I felt I did okay in the time I was on.”

Now, naturally, Mackie is hoping for more game time with the first team but knows he’ll have to keep impressing Neil Lennon, the Hibs boss and his assistant Garry Parker – two of the most avid spectators at the development squad’s matches. He said: “They are always there so you know you have to do your best every time. It’s not as if a whisper goes round that he’s there and you up your game for that afternoon. So you have to constantly be looking to improve.

“I think the gaffer has shown he’s willing to give young players their chance. Ryan Porteous and Oli Shaw are the leading lights at the moment but others have been given an opportunity.

“But it’s a case of having that consistency and him believing he can have that trust to put you on.”

Having been released by Hibs all those years ago, Mackie joined Raith Rovers where Grant Murray – now first-team coach at Easter Road – was manager. He soon found himself a wanted man with both Capital clubs keen for his signature, the Easter Road outfit winning the race and forking out £25,000 nearly three years ago.

He said: “I wasn’t long into a two-year contract with Raith when the manager Ray McKinnon told me Hearts were interested and the following day he said Hibs also wanted me. I went to Hearts for three days, it was good, and Robbie Neilson said he wanted to sign me but I told him I was also going into Hibs.

“He said to make my mind up, that the offer might not be there but, having been at Hibs as a kid, I want to go back there.

“I’m from Elphinstone, just five minutes away from East Mains, and I’d been with Hibs since I was a wee boy. I wasn’t even told directly that they were letting me go. I went in for training and my dad was pulled in the other door and told I was not big enough, that there was someone better in my position. I was devastated, in tears. I thought that was it, that I was finished.”

Mackie was, however, prepared to let bygones be bygones. He said: “It was sort of at the back of my mind that I had a point to prove but I also felt I could develop as a player.

“I could have done that at Hearts but, despite being released, I still had a lot of memories of good times at Hibs and it helped some of the people I knew were still here and some of the boys I’d played with.”

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Charalampos Mavrias believes regular games for Hibs’ Development Squad can help him reach full fitness as he targets a first team debut.

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The five-times capped Greek defender joined the Capital club in October but is yet to make his first team bow, despite an injury to David Gray limiting Neil Lennon’s options on the right side of defence.

He has, however, featured in a friendly match against Dundee in which he registered an assist, and was part of the defence that kept a clean sheet in the SPFL Reserve Cup match at Kilmarnock earlier this week.

The former Sunderland and Panathinaikos full back told Hibs TV that he is “getting his rhythm back” after a lengthy period without a competitive match.

He said: “It’s very important that I got a few games with the Reserves as they have helped me a lot.

“I played in the last two games and it is good for my fitness and getting my rhythm back because I had not played a full game in a long time and got that in my legs.

“Slowly, I am feeling the development in my fitness and my condition, which is the most important thing.”

Mavrias, who had spells with Karlsruher and Fortuna Dusseldorf in Germany, before joining Croatian side Rijeka last year, is working hard in training in the hopes of getting the nod for the senior squad in the near future.

“I am trying to improve everything that I need to improve on so that I can help the team when I get my chance,” he added.

“My team-mates are all really friendly. Straight away I felt that I had become part of the family – this is all because of the lads.

“They help me in training and also outside if I need something. Everyone has been available for me and it’s been great.”

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Jamie Maclaren has revealed that Rangers fans threw coins at him after he scored the winner in a 2-1 win for Hibs at Ibrox last season.

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The Australian striker, speaking ahead of the Socceroos’ match with South Korea, was telling media in his homeland how he believes scoring in big games for the Capital club can help him hit the goal trail for his country.

Maclaren, now in his second spell at Easter Road, has struggled with injury this term but has still managed a goal and two assists in eight Ladbrokes Premiership appearances on top of his eight goals in the second half of last season.

The 25-year-old has won six caps and is yet to find the net for the national team, but believes his exploits for Neil Lennon’s side can spur him on.

“I think my first goal for Hibs was away at Ibrox,” he said. “We scored the winner against Rangers and I remember seeing coins just fly past me, fans just launching stuff and it does just show the passion they’ve got [in Scotland].

“But even the Edinburgh derby - I’ve scored in that as well; playing in that sort of fixture is massive and I’m just proud to say I’ve represented Hibs and scored in those big fixtures.”

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Maclaren scored a hat-trick for Neil Lennon’s side in the 5-5 draw with Rangers on the last day of the 2017/18 season, just weeks after scoring the opener in a 2-1 win over a Celtic side containing international colleague Tom Rogic.

“Even playing against Tommy and Celtic, it’s great and I’m enjoying my time at the moment,” he added.

Maclaren also feels that working under recently appointed head coach Graham Arnold can help him fire on all cylinders.

“Arnie’s given me some great confidence since I’ve worked with him,” Maclaren told FoxSports on Wednesday. “I like to think I can score goals in this environment. There’s still a lot of players who can bring goals to this squad.”

Australia face South Korea on Saturday at the Suncorp Stadium, home of Brisbane Roar, where Maclaren spent two successful years, and the striker admits to getting goosebumps at returning to the arena, and the prospect of stepping onto the pitch once again.

“[Coming back here] brought great memories; probably my fondest two years I’ve spent as a footballer so far,” he said.

“It does give chills down my spine knowing that I’ve scored a lot of goals here and enjoyed some really great moments and it is nice to be back,” he added.

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Hearts and Hibs started the season positively in front of goal but recently both sides have hit a goal drought. Joel Sked looks at the reasons why.

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Frustration has been the central feeling around Hearts and Hibs lately. Neither side have won in their last four outings, with a goalless draw in the Edinburgh derby the only thing to show for their efforts.

It’s in stark contrast to the opening months of the season. Both teams showcased their promise in front of goal as Hibs hit six twice in Europa League qualifiers, while Hearts netted five on two occasions in the Betfred Cup.

Craig Levein’s Hearts averaged 2.19 goals per game across their first 16 fixtures, while Neil Lennon had seen his side rack up an average of 2.35 goals per game in their first 17 matches. Of those combined 33 games, only three times did either side fail to net.

Hibs have now gone 287 minutes without finding the back of the net. As for Hearts, it’s 407 minutes.

At Easter Road, fans were right to be delighted when they managed to re-sign both Flo Kamberi and Jamie Maclaren. The duo had struck up an excellent partnership during their loan spell last season, scoring 17 goals between them. They worked perfectly together. Kamberi the link man, dragging defences all over the place with his all-action style and Maclaren the penalty box striker with shrewd movement.

They have not been able to rekindle their flourishing relationship. Friday’s 1-0 defeat at Aberdeen was only the second time they had started in attack together this season and the first time since the 3-0 defeat to Molde in the Europa League. Lennon has largely preferred a front two during his time at Hibs. It has meant that more has been required of Oli Shaw than was perhaps envisaged, while Lewis Allan is still raw. The Hibs boss has even used Martin Boyle as a striker.

The mixture of injuries and suspensions have prevented Lennon from getting a consistency of selection - across all areas of the park. It can be argued that Lennon has not had his best XI available this season, forcing him to chop-and-change systems and personnel.

It has seen the likes of Boyle struggle to regain the scintillating form of earlier in the season, while Stevie Mallan’s consistency at finding the back of the net from distance is not something which realistically could continue.

There were strong calls for Scott Allan to be brought back in January after the Aberdeen defeat. Understandable considering he is a creative force when he pulls on the Hibs jersey. Fans of all clubs are good at jumping to conclusions but the positivity after the 6-0 thrashing of Hamilton shouldn’t be forgotten, with a midfield of Mallan, Mark Milligan and Emerson Hyndman. That being said, there may be something in it, in terms of the quality of chances created.

On average, per 90 minutes, shots, crosses, touches in the box and passes into the final third have increased in the league this season for Hibs. Tellingly, however, the percentage of shots hitting the target has fallen from 35.19 per cent to 26.78 per cent.

On the other side of the Capital, the reason is quite obvious and straightforward. Injuries to Steven Naismith and Uche Ikpeazu have hampered Hearts. Of the 19 league goals, the injured duo have been involved in 13, whether that be a goal or an assist.

• READ MORE: Hibs’ Martin Boyle reveals dad’s emotional reaction to Australia call-up

It was clear to see early on in the season how much more of an attacking threat Hearts were in comparison to the previous campaign. The trio of Steven MacLean, Naismith and Ikpeazu worked so well that it was hard for Levein to leave any of them out.

It saw the progression of the lop-sided 4-4-2 system with Naismith supporting the attacking duo from the left. But in essence, Levein trusted the experienced and intelligent forward to flit around as he saw fit. Hearts had a real balance and variety of attacking qualities and crucially legs to support MacLean.

Ikpeazu’s injury was a huge blow but the team coped admirably, with Naismith performing so well. Then the Scotland internationalist went down in the Betfred Cup semi-final against Celtic. The adage that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone certainly rings true with Hearts fans and Naismith.

It’s been a difficult adaptation since his injury. It was hard enough to try and make up for Ikpeazu’s absence but add Naismith into the equation and any manager, no matter the level, would struggle to replicate the duo’s qualities.

Levein has spoken of the obvious difficulties in trying to do so. The Hearts boss is having to ask younger players to step into the void. Both Craig Wighton and Sean Clare are still getting up peak fitness, while Jake Mulraney and Danny Amankwaa are raw wingers.

It increases the reliance on MacLean, who has cut a more frustrated figure without his striker partners, who understand and complement his game so well.

Entering the final international break of the year it is unlikely to be a huge concern for Lennon and Levein who have both seen their side create chances in recent fixtures.

Both sides are presented with appealing games after the break with Hibs facing bottom side Dundee and Hearts travelling to second-bottom St Mirren. Failure to score in those games, however, and alarm bells may start ringing.

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Martin Boyle has revealed how his call-up by Australia brought a tear to his father’s eye.

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The Hibs winger is eligible to play for the Socceroos thanks to his dad Graeme having been born in Sydney. Boyle is poised to win his first cap when the Aussies face South Korea in Brisbane on Saturday night as they begin their preparations for January’s AFC Asian Cup.

Edinburgh-born Boyle travelled with Easter Road team-mates Mark Milligan and Jamie Maclaren having had his first taste of the international set-up at a training camp in Kuwait last month, unable to play in a friendly at that time as he awaited his Australian citizenship being granted.

Now, he insisted, he’s determined to make his father proud, saying: “He was shedding a tear. He can’t take time off work to get across, but I’m making him proud and that’s all that matters.

“I got invited to the Kuwait camp, I showed what I can do, and now I’m back after my performances for Hibs.”

Having started his career with Montrose, 25-year-old Boyle admitted he never gave international football a second thought although he revealed he knew a fair bit about the Socceroos having watched them on television with his father.

He said: “Whilst I was playing lower league football, never in a million years did I think I’d get the opportunity. It has been a long run to get here and it’s happened so quick and I’m very honoured.”

Aussie captain Milligan has no doubt Boyle will excite the Socceroos supporters with new coach Graham Arnold intent on playing an attacking style of football having taken over from Dutchman Bert van Marwijk, who was in charge of their World Cup campaign in Russia.

The veteran midfielder told socceroos.com.au: “We’re going to be playing a bit different. Arnie has his way of playing and I think the focus isn’t just going to be on the front one or the front two.

“I think our overall way of playing is going to help us score goals. We’ve got a lot of attacking weapons wth Jamie and Boyley coming in. I think there’s a lot to be excited for.”

Accepting few Aussie fans will have heard of Boyle, Milligan insisted they won’t be disappointed, saying: “He’s an exciting player. He’s been scoring goals for us and he’s very positive, very fast and looks to get in behind.

“I think he will add another dimension to what we do going forward. The way Arnie wants to play, in getting forward and the rotations he wants to use, I think Boyley will fit in well and I think he’ll be a threat to anyone we play, whether that be across Asia or Europe.”

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Josh Windass has revealed that former Rangers team-mate Jason Cummings once volleyed a fillet steak across a restaurant in Dubai.

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The two played alongside each other during the second half of last season after Cummings joined on loan from Nottingham Forest.

The ex-Hibs star, who won the Scottish Cup at Easter Road in 2016, is well known for indulging in hi-jinks off the park, including challenging Scottish wrestler Grado to a fight in the canteen of Hibs’ training ground.

Talking to Simon Ferry as part of the Open Goal series, Windass was asked to retell a story of Cummings from their days together at Ibrox.

He said: “I was with him once in Dubai. I’m with his agent, Cummings and Wes [Foderingham]. I think Graham Dorrans was there as well.

“He gets up, telling everyone ‘watch the Guccis, watch the Guccis’.

“He gets his steak, throws it up in the air and tries to volley it. The steak lands on the floor and he points at me and says, ‘that’s why you play ahead of me’.

“So he picks the steak up, puts it back on the fork, tries it again and volleys the steak across the restaurant.

“There’s a geezer having dinner with his misses, and it hits his chair here [just above the shoulder]. There was a big brown stain where it had landed.

“Everyone has just gone silent in the restaurant. He’s just like ‘sorry, sorry, sorry’.

“Everyone was p***ing themselves. I’m like oh my god, you’re a maniac.”

Cummings returned to Forest in the summer before moving on loan to Peterborough. Windass was sold by Rangers on the final day of the English transfer window, joining Wigan in a £2.5 million move.

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Efe Ambrose admits Hibs haven’t been good enough recently and must produce a strong response after the international break in order to climb back into the top six.

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Hibs have slipped from second place in the Premiership to eighth over the past month after taking just one point from their past four matches. They have failed to score in their last three and Ambrose knows there must be an improvement at both ends of the pitch if they are to get themselves back into the mix for a European place.

“We are not on a good run at the moment but that’s football and we have to work harder to get out of it,” said the defender. “The players are not happy to have dropped out of the top six, that shows something hasn’t been right. I am not just saying it for the sake of it, it’s because we know we have to do better.

“Sometimes you go through runs like this, we know something isn’t right and now we have two weeks to fix it. That is all you can do, everyone has to stick together and we look at what we have been doing wrong. It hasn’t been like us, we haven’t been scoring goals and that is very unlike us and we haven’t been stopping teams at the other end. So we have to get back to doing what we are good at – scoring goals and keeping clean sheets.”

Hibs return to action at home to Dundee a week on Saturday. It kicks-off an intense run of nine game in 35 days, eight of which are in December, prior to the winter break.

“We need to look forward to the next games now, get back to creating chances and taking them,” said Ambrose. “We have a lot of work to do in the international break, we have to come back from it stronger and ready to do better. We have players away with their international teams but the ones who are left behind have to put the work in.

“In December we have a lot of games and that month will be crucial for us. Eight matches isn’t an easy task and in that run we play some of the best teams, so it won’t be an easy task. We have players injured at the moment but some are coming back and when they are I think you will see better from us.”

Ambrose, meanwhile, has backed teenage colleague Ryan Porteous to bounce back from his costly error in Friday’s defeat away to Aberdeen. The 19-year-old defender gifted the ball to Gary Mackay-Steven before the winger drove home the only goal of the game at Pittodrie.

“It’s a team game, it wasn’t down to Ryan Porteous,” said Ambrose. “He tried to pass the ball but it moved a lot slower in the wind and they were able to take it off us.

“He is a good defender, I have talked about him a lot because he is someone I think has a very big future. He will have a future for Hibs and for Scotland. Nobody should judge him on Friday night, it wasn’t his fault, these things happen and could have happened to any one of us.”

• HIBS beat Kilmarnock 4-2 in a bonus-point penalty shoot-out yesterday after their Reserve League Cup clash at Rugby Park finished goalless. The result means the young Hibees failed to progress to the knockout stages from Group C.

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Even allowing for a difficult summer in which they lost a high-calibre midfield unit, eighth place in the Premiership was not where Hibs planned to be a third of a way into the season.

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The bunched-up nature of the league means that, remarkably, they are only eight points behind joint leaders Celtic and Hearts. But the fact they sit six points adrift of the top four, and currently trail the likes of Kilmarnock, Livingston and St Johnstone in the standings, is causing mild concern down Easter Road way.

It was only a month ago that Hibs sat in second place with the best goal difference in the league after a four-game winning streak, which shows there remains a capable squad of players at Neil Lennon’s disposal. But right now, things are just not happening for them, as evidenced by a run of just one point from the past four games. In addition, and uncharacteristacally, there have been no goals in the last three matches – a 0-0 draw away to Hearts and back-to-back 1-0 defeats by St Johnstone at Easter Road and Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

“The gaffer’s asking us what’s not quite clicking at the moment, and I’m not sure what it is,” defender Darren McGregor told the Evening News. “We were quite flat in the first half at Pittodrie on Friday, which can happen subconsciously or it may have been down to the conditions. But that’s two games on the bounce we’ve been pretty flat so we really need to address it. The buck stops with us. We’re letting the manager down at the moment as well as the fans who are coming to see us.

“The last three games we’ve played could all potentially have ended in draws. The Hearts game was a draw, the St Johnstone game we felt hard done by to lose the late goal and then against Aberdeen, they had one opportunity and scored from it and we created quite a number of chances and should have scored at least one, so it’s very disappointing.”

While the league standings don’t make for pleasant reading, Hibs can find some solace in the fact their recent downturn has come amid a testing run of fixtures against four sides currently riding high in the table at a time when they have been unable to field a 
settled team due to a spate of niggling fitness issues.

Nonetheless, McGregor, one of those who has missed a segment of the campaign through injuries, feels his team must simply find a way of grinding through their adversity if they are serious about repeating last season’s top-four finish and getting another crack at European football.

Victory against bottom-of-the-table Dundee a week on Saturday is deemed imperative as Hibs embark on a run of nine games in 35 days following the international break. They could be boosted for that Easter Road encounter by the return of some of their injured players, including David Gray, Paul Hanlon, Emerson Hyndman and Thomas Agyepong.

“It’s really frustrating to be in the bottom six,” said McGregor. “Games away to Celtic, Hearts and Aberdeen are always going to be difficult but, if we want to be mounting a challenge for the top four, like we did last year, we need to be going to these places, playing well and getting points. It took us 45 minutes to find our bearings on Friday and against a team like Aberdeen you can’t do that. It’s been disappointing but we need to look forward. We’ll look to get some good work in over the international break and then prepare for Dundee because that’s a big game for us. All our focus is on that now. No disrespect to Dundee but we’re at home so we’ve got to be looking to win that game. One win can spark a few wins so it’s paramount that we get a win in that one.

“The league table is still pretty tight and there’s definitely enough about this team to put things right.

“Look at the players we’ve got and the players we’ll have coming back from injury after the break. They’ll only strengthen us. We had four wins in a row before we hit this bad run so hopefully we can string a few wins together, get the confidence back and then start mounting a challenge for the top four again.”

While McGregor expects his team to get back on track, he also anticipates a strong response from defensive sidekick Ryan Porteous after the 19-year-old gifted the ball to Gary Mackay-Steven before the winger blasted in Aberdeen’s match-winning goal.

“Ryan will bounce back, of course he will,” said McGregor. “To be fair to him, nobody could have expected Mackay-Steven to hit it so well at the pace he was going at. He just took a touch and smashed it towards goal. It’s one of those things that happens in football. When it does happen, you need somebody else to stand up and be a hero but it just didn’t quite happen for us on Friday.”

McGregor has started three of Hibs’ past four games since recovering from a knee injury, sustained away to Asteras Tripolis in early August. The 33-year-old has been encouraged by his own form so far and expects to get back to his best as he gets more game time under his belt.

“It’s difficult because I was out for a good few months but I think I’ve acquitted myself quite well,” he said.

“I’m totally over the injury but it takes you a wee while to get back into the flow of things and get your bearings again. It’s also a hard team to break back into because we’re spoilt for choice in defence.

“We’ve got Paul coming back soon and that will strengthen us even more.”

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Hearts and Hibs have been drawn together in the fourth round of the Scottish Youth Cup.

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The Edinburgh rivals will meet on Friday, December 7, in the most high-profile tie of the round. A venue has yet to be decided but the fixture is expected to attract a good crowd.

Hearts beat St Mirren 3-2 after extra-time at Oriam last Friday to take their place in the fourth round. Hibs, the current Youth Cup holders, recorded a 4-1 victory over Stirling Albion at the Hibernian Training Centre.

Full Scottish Youth Cup fourth round draw:

Motherwell v Aberdeen

Haddington Athletic v Cove Rangers

Queen’s Park v Ross County

Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian

Kilmarnock v Dundee United

Inverness Caledonian Thistle or Hamilton Academical v Celtic

Greenock Morton v Rangers

Dundee v Clachnacuddin

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On Friday night Hibs travelled to Aberdeen with Gary Mackay-Steven netting the only goal of the game.

Neil Lennon's men pushed for an equaliser in the second half but it failed to materialise as the team's goal drought extended to 287 minutes.

Since Martin Boyle netted in a 4-2 defeat at Celtic, Hibs have failed to hit the back of the net in a draw with rivals Hearts and losses to St Johnstone and Aberdeen.

Under Lennon Hibs have been prolific in front of goal so you have to go back more than four and a half years to March and April 2014 to find the last time the Easter Road side have went as long without scoring.

Between Duncan Watmore's strike in a 3-1 defeat to Partick Thistle and Jordon Foster's goal against Hearts, Hibs went 457 minutes without a goal as they lost four consecutive games 2-0 on their way to relegation.

Rivals Hearts are currently amidst a longer goal drought. Steven MacLean's early second half goal in a 3-0 win over Dundee was the last time Hearts scored. Since then 404 minutes have passed since fans have had a goal to cheer.

MacLean had the ball in the back of the net in the weekend's 1-0 home defeat to Kilmarnock but it was ruled out for offside. It means four full games have passed without Craig Levein's men getting on the scoresheet.

The last time such a run occurred you have to go back seven years to October and November 2011. Between David Templeton netting the second in a 2-0 win at Dunfermline and Rudi Skacel opening the scoring just after half-time at home to Inverness CT, the Jam Tarts went 420 minutes without a goal.

READ MORE: Watch: Aston Villa use Hibs' Super John McGinn song to serenade the Scottish star

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READ MORE: John McGinn - find of the season: Aston Villa fans rave about ex-Hibs favourite

*Warning: video contains offensive hand gestures*

The Scottish international has been earning rave reviews from fans of the Midlands club for his performances.

His all-action midfield displays have seen him compared to Chelsea star N'Golo Kante, while supporters are in disbelief that one of their best players only cost £2.5million.

McGinn was at the heart of Villa's 3-0 win at Derby County, scoring a goal and providing an assist, as Villa climbed to 11th in the Championship.

More than 3,000 Villa supporters backed the team over the weekend and footage from the match shows the away end serenading McGinn with the 'Super John McGinn' song which was popular at Easter Road.

The song includes a line about the player being better than Zinedine Zidane.

One Hibs fans tweeted: "In all honesty, it sounds much better in a Scottish accent."

McGinn will now link up with the Scotland National Team for the crucial Uefa Nations League double header with Albania and Israel.

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Hibs are currently going through one of those sticky spells that every team goes through at some point.

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Although it’s not enjoyable, I’m just glad it’s happening to us at a stage of the season where there’s still plenty time to recover and get back track.

Even though we have slipped to eighth place, we are still only eight points off the top so it’s not a time to be panicking or getting overly concerned. I envisaged a difficult start to the season after losing Dylan McGeouch, John McGinn and a few other key players in the summer. I wrote from the outset that I thought it would take us some time to adapt to life without McGeouch and McGinn in particular, and that’s how it’s proving. The loss of those players has definitely disrupted our progress, there’s no doubt about that. You can’t just pull players out a hat to automatically replace that level of quality. We’re in a period of transition and that takes time.

We’re clearly still struggling to click in certain areas of the team, and look like a group who are still learning how to play with each other. That will come in time and we’ll see a different Hibs team soon enough but right now we’re still trying to get the right blend. At the moment, it seems like we’re making three or four changes to our team every week, and that’s not helpful in terms of developing on-field partnerships. We’re a bit of a mish-mash of a team at the moment but once we get all our players fit and the manager is able to start putting out a more settled side, I think we’ll be a lot better.

Although results haven’t been great recently, there are positive signs. Mark Milligan has brought steadiness and experience to our team. In addition, we’ve got our two main strikers, Florian Kamberi and Jamie Maclaren, fit for the first time. They will only improve the more game-time they get together, and that in turn will make us a more dangerous team.

They’ve only started together twice this season which, on top of the players we lost in the summer and the others who have been missing through injury, goes a long way to explaining why we’re not quite firing at the moment. The partnerships that helped make us such a good team last season – Kamberi and Maclaren, McGeouch and McGinn – have disappeared to an extent. But once we get the front two playing together regularly again, and start developing other partnerships within the team, we’ll start to improve again.

We’ve also got to remember that we’ve just had a really tough run of games away to Celtic, away to Hearts and away to Aberdeen, with our only home game against a St Johnstone team who are flying. We’ve not been well beaten in any of them. In Friday’s game, for instance, the conditions were so bad that it’s hard to properly analyse the performance of either team. We didn’t do particularly badly, it was just a night when the wind made it virtually impossible for us to do what we’re good at. Even then, we still had enough chances to have come away with a point.

We’re not a million miles away but right now we just have to find a way to get a win on the board and get ourselves going again. Once we get a victory under our belts, that will get the confidence going again and hopefully we can go on another wee run.

Once we string a couple of results together, I’m certain we’ll start to see a better Hibs side but right now it’s just about finding a way to win our next game. We’ve got Dundee at home next so we’ve got to feel we’ve got a good chance of getting back on track in that one.

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Mark Milligan, Jamie Maclaren and Martin Boyle are braced for a testing build-up to Hibs’ next match against Dundee, with plans in place to help them overcome the effects of jet-lag following their exertions with Australia.

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The Easter Road trio are currently with the Socceroos squad as they prepare for a friendly double-header against South Korea in Brisbane on Saturday and against Lebanon in Sydney next Tuesday.

Milligan, Maclaren and Boyle will fly back to Edinburgh after the second match but aren’t due to arrive in the Capital until Thursday. This scenario presents obvious difficulties ahead of Hibs’ game against Dundee at Easter Road just 48 hours later, but Milligan insists they will do everything possible to ensure they are in peak condition.

“It’s something I’ve been doing all my career,” the veteran midfielder told the Evening News. “Even when I was in Australia, we used to play friendlies or other games in Europe, travel back, sometimes get in Friday morning and then play for my club Friday night or Saturday.

“You’ve just got to make sure you get as much rest as possible and stay hydrated and give yourself a good chance. It’s not something you get used to but you adapt and learn how to manage it and get by with it to some degree.

“We’ve already spoken at Hibs about what the plan is recovery-wise, when we’re to train and things like that. I think we’re due back early Thursday morning so we’ll have a good recovery day on Thursday and hopefully train on Friday as normal. If you stay on top of it, it’s not too much of an issue. It’s something new for Boyley to get used to but he’s young so he should be fine with it.”

The games are Australia’s final warm-ups before they compete in the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January. “It’s our last camp and our last bit of preparation before the Asian Cup so it’s two important games for us,” said Milligan.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4827872.1541958976!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4827872.1541958976!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Mark Milligan says travelling to Australia and back won't be an issue","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Mark Milligan says travelling to Australia and back won't be an issue","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4827872.1541958976!/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/john-mcginn-find-of-the-season-aston-villa-fans-rave-about-ex-hibs-favourite-1-4827816","id":"1.4827816","articleHeadline": "John McGinn - find of the season: Aston Villa fans rave about ex-Hibs favourite","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1541943575000 ,"articleLead": "

Aston Villa supporters are once again raving about Scotland international midfielder John McGinn, after the former Hibs fans’ favourite scored a goal and registered an assist in a 3-0 win over Derby County.

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McGinn, who was signed for Villa by former manager Steve Bruce, has become a big hit with the Villa faithful after a series of barnstorming performances in the middle of the park.

The 24-year-old has played 16 times for Villa, scoring twice and adding four assists, since his switch from Hibs in August.

He could have netted a hat-trick against the Rams, seeing one effort flash just wide of the post and another deflected out for a corner.

Fans of the English Championship side have been extolling his virtues on social media.

Paul Murray said: “I was on holiday in Mexico two months ago, usual stuff - Villa shirt on beach. Two days later, a Scottish bloke in his 70s is standing over me and says: “Villa man, you’ve got yourselves one hell of a player.” He was a Hibs fan, raving about John McGinn. He was right wasn’t he!”

Josh Duffy added: “I feel like Hibs are going to ring the police soon. John McGinn deal was an absolute steal. What a player this guy is.”

Jetskisnape kept it short and sweet: “John McGinn is the Scottish Kanté.”

Craig Steadman wrote: “The best thing Steve Bruce did for our club was to sign John McGinn. What a player, unbelievable engine. Hope we can kick on now, playing great football. I look forward to watching Villa now.”

Tim Pateman reckoned: “John McGinn - find of the season. £2.5 million, thank you very much @HibernianFC. Times 10 seasons to follow at Villa.”

Andy Balmforth said: “Outstanding performance against one of the form teams. I’m loving John McGinn’s performances so far. We have another cult hero in the making with this lad.”

Someone going by the name of Leif admitted: “When Steve Bruce said John McGinn was going to be a fan favourite, I was not expecting this.”

Phil Shepherd had an idea: “I reckon we should give Hibs like, £4m or £5m as a gesture of gratitude for John McGinn. It’s actually ridiculous that we got him for so cheap.”

Scott added: “Steve Bruce quite by accident signed the perfect player in John McGinn for Dean Smith’s style of play. Can see why Hibs fans adored him, has everything that a fan and a manager love in a player.”

Aston Villa Updates had high hopes for the Scotland international: “As for John McGinn .. he has got to be bargain of the century at £2.5 million. What a player! He will play in the Premier League 1000%.”

Jake Varnish tweeted: “£2.5 mil for John McGinn. Steal.”

Stevo agreedL “In this day and age, £2.5m for John McGinn is absolute daylight robbery.”

Dan Todd wanted to know: “How did Hibs let Villa get away with that decimal point on the cheque when we paid £2.5m for John McGinn?”

Chris Harvey echoed Aston Villa Updates, writing: “John McGinn has to be bargain of the year across the English leagues that includes the Premier League.“

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Adam Bogdan has revealed he’d be interested in sealing a permanent move to Hibs.

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The Hungarian internationalist – on a season-long loan from Liverpool – has a produced a string of impressive performances to become first-choice goalkeeper at Easter Road.

The 31-year-old’s contract is up at Anfield in May and the 20-times capped stopper has revealed he’d consider extending his stay in the Capital.

Bogdan, who has made 13 appearances for Hibs this season, said: “Yes, of course, as Hibs is a very appealing club and Edinburgh is fantastic.

“I have a season-long loan at Easter Road, and I’m very happy in the city and at Hibs.

“The support from the fans is great and the people at the club are fantastic.

“My contract with Liverpool finishes at the end of the season, but there is no pressure on me about where I will go next.”

Bogdan, who joined Liverpool from Bolton in 2015 but made just six first-team appearances for the Reds, told the Scottish Sun: “I was out injured for a long time, so I want to enjoy what I’m doing and perform the best I can in every game.

“I have a mindset of enjoying my game and trying to improve, and play as many matches as possible.”

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Rangers linked with highly rated Scotland Under-21 starlet, Brendan Rodgers confirms injury to key Celtic man and which Ibrox midfielder is set for a Scotland recall?

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St Clair on Rangers radar

Rangers are keeping tabs on former Chelsea youngster Harvey St Clair, and could make a move at the end of the season, according to reports.

Ibrox coach Michael Beale advised the Scotland Under-21 international to turn down a new deal at Stamford Bridge and instead join Italian Serie B outfit Venezia.

And the Gers are understood to be following St Clair’s progress closely, although the 20-year-old has only made two appearances after suffering an injury at the start of the season. (Sunday Post)

Celtic man injured, confirms Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon suffered an injury during the 2-1 win over RB Leipzig on Thursday night.

The Hoops boss said: “Craig took a bad knock in the week, a mix between his knee and his hip. Credit to him for carrying on on Thursday.”

Scott Bain started against Livingston with Conor Hazard named on the subs’ bench. (Sky Sports)

Jack set for Scotland recall

Ryan Jack is set to earn a recall to the Scotland squad after Alex McLeish was rocked by another spate of call-offs from his Nations League squad.

Full-back Stephen O’Donnell, defender Charlie Mulgrew and midfielder Kevin McDonald dropped out yesterday ahead of the games with Albania and Israel.

And the Rangers midfielder could be called upon to help beef up McLeish’s midfield options. (Sunday Mail)

Gerrard looking to bring in “natural” no 10

Steven Gerrard has dropped the heaviest hint that he’ll ask the Rangers board and director of footbal Mark Allen to find him a number 10 in the transfer window.

Ahead of today’s clash with Motherwell, the Ibrox gaffer said: “We’ve got creative players here like Scott Arfield, Ovie Ejaria or Daniel Candieas.

“But what we haven’t got is a natural number 10. Someone who is automatically described as a number 10 and that’s his job on the pitch. So maybe that’s area we might look at.” (Sunday Mail)

Rossiter ready to make up for lost time

Jordan Rossiter says he is ready to repay the faith Rangers and their fans have shown in him, afer being blighted by calf and hamstring injuries since his arrival at Ibrox. The 21-year-old midfielder has made only 14 appearances across two-and-a-half years at the club. (The Scotsman)

Rodgers welcomes engine room competition

Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham are still very much in Brendan Rodgers’ plans, but he insists they face competition for their places in the Celtic team when they’re fighting fit again.

With Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie earning all the plaudits for their midweek masterclass against RP Leipzig, the Hoops boss says the standards have been set for anyone wanting a first team place. (The Scotsman)

Changes to Celtic team due to Livi’s plastic pitch

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says that his starting line-up for the match against Livingston today will be influenced by the fact the game is taking place on an artificial pitch, with players being left out who would otherwise have been selected. (Evening Times)

Killie defeat a “reality check” for Hearts - Levein

Hearts boss Craig Levein was left frustrated after watching his team dominate possession against Kilmarnock but lose 1-0. It was Hearts’ second defeat at Tynecastle in 18 months - dating back to a 2-1 defeat to Aberdeen in May 2017.

“I have got to be mindful that we have had a difficult period,” Levein said. “We can’t continue to go through the league season winning every match so that’s a reality check for us. “We haven’t lost here in a long time... it leaves a bitter taste. It is important we get back on the saddle once the international break’s out the road and we’re ready to go.” (Evening News)

Bogdan wants permanent switch to Hibs

Adam Bogdan is loving life at Hibs so much he wants to make the move permanent next summer. The Hungarian international, who is on loan from Liverpool, is enjoying the chance of regular first team football at Easter Road and would be happy with a long-term deal with the Hibees. Bogdan said: “Yes, of course, as Hibs is a very appealing club and Edinburgh is fantastic. I have a season-long loan at Easter Road, and I’m very happy in the city and at Hibs.

“The support from the fans is great and the people at the club are fantastic.” (Evening News)

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Ryan Porteous' misplaced pass teed up Gary Mackay-Steven to net the only goal of the game in the uneventful 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen at Pittodrie

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However, it’s easy to gloss over the fact the Hibs defender is still just 19-years-old. Mistakes are part of the learning curve for any young player trying to carve out a career in the game. Players need to be able to take the rough with the smooth. Porteous will probably have felt about three foot tall as he made his way back onto the team bus for the return trip to Edinburgh following a loose pass that gifted Gary Mackay-Steven the opportunity to score the only goal of the game five minutes before the interval at Pittodrie. It's all the more difficult to stomach when it's made in front of a live television audience.

To be fair to the Dons winger, it took a fine finish from 20 yards to beat Hibs goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, who otherwise had very little to do in a game that was starved of any real quality. Neil Lennon admitted in his post-match interview it was a pass the Scotland Under-21 international didn’t have to make. But no-one, not least with inside the Hibs dressing room, is going to point the finger at the teenager as the reason for defeat in the Granite City.

Porteous has already shown maturity way beyond his years, not just in the way he conducts himself on the park but his professionalism with the media and supporters alike. With big characters like Efe Ambrose, Paul Hanlon and Darren McGregor to call upon for advice, not to mention Lennon himself, Porteous has the character to bounce back and look forward to the visit of Dundee in a fortnight’s time.

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Neil Lennon insists Hibs didn’t deserve to lose to Aberdeen as he backed his misfiring squad to get back on track after the international break.

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The Easter Road side slipped into the bottom six for the first time since returning to the Premiership in summer 2017 after losing 1-0 at Pittodrie. Gary Mackay-Steven scored the only goal of an evenly-contested match following a lapse from teenager Ryan Porteous in the first half, but Lennon felt his team should have had something to show for their efforts after a second-half display in which they had the better of the possession and the chances. Hibs’ failure to find an equaliser means they have now lost three of their past four games and haven’t scored in their last three.

“We missed three good opportunities to get back in the game in the second half, I don’t remember my goalkeeper having a save to make, and we lost a sloppy goal,” said the Hibs manager. “I thought we were good value for at least a point and it’s frustrating as we are going through a blip at the moment but I’m confident we will come through it.

“To be fair to the players we’ve played five of our last six away from home and three have been at Hearts, Celtic and Aberdeen. The only disappointing performance was St Johnstone last week.

“This game ebbed and flowed but we didn’t deserve to lose tonight, that’s for sure. We go away really disappointed as the performance was not reflected by the result. We are not getting what we deserve at the moment, that’s for sure.

“We’ve got a few injuries but they will be back after the break and we will be stronger but it’s three games in a row where we haven’t scored and we have to put that right. But there’s not a lot wrong so I’m not going to whip the boys for that.”

Porteous saw an attempted pass to Lewis Stevenson intercepted by Mackay-Steven who then drove home the only goal of the game from outside the box.

“We’ve got possession of the ball, Ryan doesn’t need to play the ball,” said Lennon. “Why he is playing the ball to Lewis when he has time to come forward, I don’t know. It’s maybe inexperience as he could just have stepped in but he has picked the wrong option and Lewis has been caught out.

“Ryan made a mistake but he is a strong character and the players owed him as they had enough chances to get him out of trouble and didn’t take it.”

Mark Milligan captained the team in the continued absence of injured duo David Gray and Paul Hanlon and the Australian was arguably Lennon’s best player. “I have to say I thought Milligan was outstanding, he had a great game,” said the head coach.

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Hibs’ winless streak extended to four games at Pittodrie as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen.

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• READ MORE: Aberdeen 1, Hibs 0: Defeat sends Hibees into bottom half of table

Gary Mackay-Steven’s goal was the difference, and fans were not pleased with the performance by the Easter Road men. Both Neil Lennon and individual players came in for criticism, while the fans’ backing was praised.

@Dunnyboy: “Since it became the ‘Neil Lennon show’ the other week hibs have been utter s***e. Got to ask questions about what Lennon’s focus is?”

@yekimevol: “Too many long balls, really missing Dylan (McGeouch) bringing the ball out from the back.”

@dannybaxter1988: “Far too many passengers. Maclaren, Slivka and Mallan missing all game. Worst Aberdeen team in years too”

@Colincoonie: “Announce tactics.”

@ScottGalbraith7: “That was poor Hibs. Very poor.”

@NeilBoyle3: “Embarrassing. Awful!! Everybody connected to the team need to have a word with themselves. No pride and no bottle. Simply not good enough too many players hiding and not taking responsibility.”

@KeithARobertson: “3 defeats in 4, no goals in the last 3, not good enough Hibs, finishing needs to be worked on over the break...and NOW”

• READ MORE: Three things we learned from Aberdeen 1-0 Hibs

@matthewreid1234: “Did we even have a shot on target?”

@CRM1875: “Something has gone seriously wrong with this team a complete mess and not good enough yet again.”

@DonnyMurray: “Has Lennon taken us as far as he can?”

@HibsNews1875: “Hibs must break the bank to sign Scott Allan in January!!! The money is there, so go and spend it!!! Still not convinced on Slivka or Hyndman, who are both far too inconsistent!!!”

@ScotFootBlog: “Brutal from Hibs again. At least Friday night performances like that mean your Saturday isn’t ruined.”

@wallace92hfc: “The 1000+ Hibs fans that made the journey to Pittodrie tonight deserved so much more, well done to every single one that travelled up!”

@LondonHibee: “Hibs were poor tonight & we’re on a poor run of results, but there’s not as much wrong with the squad as a lot of people are making out. Yes, we haven’t really replaced McGinn, McGeouch or Allan but the squad has the quality to be higher in the league than where we are.”

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Three games without a goal

It sounds crazy given the forward-thinking players manager Neil Lennon has at his disposal but Hibs are struggling for goals at the moment. The 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen was the third consecutive match the Hibees have failed to score. This hasn’t previously been an issue throughout Lennon’s tenure but the Northern Irishman would be more concerned if his side weren't creating any chances in the final third. With struggling Dundee due next up at Easter Road after the international break, it’s a prime opportunity to break this barren spell.

Flo and Jamie return but give it time

The much-anticipated reunion of strikers Florian Kamberi and Jamie Maclaren didn’t click on a night when quality was at a premium. It would be unfair to assume last season’s prolific duo would hit the ground almost immediately given the pair hadn’t played with one another since August. They have a connection, make no mistake about it, but Hibs supporters might have to be patient on this one. Maclaren, in particular, needs more minutes in the tank to get back up to speed.

Captain David Gray is a big miss

The quicker David Gray returns to the starting lineup the better for Hibs. The 2016 Scottish Cup hero was in fine form prior to picking up an ankle knock against Hamilton at the beginning of last month. The 30-year-old’s energy and athleticism up and down the right side is a major attribute for the Easter Road men, which enables Martin Boyle to utilise his qualities in the more dangerous areas. Lennon expects Gray, alongside Paul Hanlon, to be available for the visit of Dundee in a fortnight which will be a timely boost.

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Ratings out of ten for every Hibs player involved in the 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen.

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Neil Lennon’s men drop into the bottom six for the first time since their top-flight return following Gary Mackay-Steven’s first-half strike.

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Hibs slipped into the bottom six for the first time since returning to the Scottish Premiership at the start of last season after a third consecutive match without scoring a goal.

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Gary Mackay-Steven’s first-half strike for Aberdeen, following a lapse by Ryan Porteous, was enough to settle an evenly-matched contest on a night when blustery conditions made for a grim spectacle at Pittodrie.

Hibs had the better of the second half but, despite having Jamie Maclaren and Florian Kamberi reunited in attack, weren’t clinical enough to force an equaliser at a ground where they haven’t won since May 2012.

The resurgent Dons, who made it four wins in succession, climbed into the top six at the expense of their visitors who now face a two-week break before beginning a gruelling run of nine games in 35 days as they bid to breathe fresh life into a hitherto underwhelming campaign.

Hibs made four changes to the side that started the 1-0 defeat at home to St Johnstone last Saturday, with Darren McGregor, Porteous, Vykintas Slivka and Kamberi replacing Steven Whittaker, Emerson Hyndman, Daryl Horgan and Marvin Bartley. This meant Kamberi, back after serving a suspension last weekend, was able to be paired in attack with Maclaren for the first time since the Europa League defeat away to Molde in August following an injury-disrupted start to the campaign for the two strikers who had formed such an effective partnership in the second half of last season. The pair spearheaded a Hibs team which started in a 3-5-2 formation, with Mark Milligan, back in midfield after playing in defence for the previous two matches, captaining the side in the continued absence of injured duo 
David Gray and Paul Hanlon.

Starting the match level on points with each other in mid-table and with the spectre of the losing side spending the November international break in the bottom six, there was plenty incentive for both Aberdeen and Hibs to eke out a positive result.

Hibs shaded the early exchanges and had a few half-chances via Stevie Mallan set-pieces in the opening quarter of an hour. After five minutes, Aberdeen defender Shay Logan had to make a vital block just in front of his own goal after Milligan had diverted McGregor’s header towards the net. Mallan then curled a free-kick over the bar from a promising position 20 yards out.

At the other end, Hibs goalkeeper Adam Bogdan had to act smartly in the 17th minute to stop Niall McGinn’s free-kick from wide on the right dipping in under his bar after Porteous had been booked for chopping down Mackay-Steven.

The Dons were beginning to enjoy the bulk of the pressure and McGregor did well to charge down a James Wilson shot just inside the box after Mackay-Steven had rolled a corner into the path of the unmarked on-loan Manchester United striker.

Hibs had a promising opportunity on the counter-attack in the 31st minute when Mallan surged into the Aberdeen half but the former St Mirren and Barnsley midfielder tried to thread a ball through the middle when the better option appeared to be slipping in Lewis Stevenson, who had sprinted up the left to get himself into a dangerous position.

Just as an uninspiring half, in which both teams were hindered by the conditions, seemed to be drifting towards a goalless conclusion, Aberdeen took the lead following an error from Porteous five minutes before the interval. The teenager’s slack pass out of defence was intercepted by Mackay-Steven midway inside the Hibs half and the former Dundee United and Celtic winger surged forward and fired a clinical low shot beyond the despairing stretch of Bogdan from 20 yards out.

Hibs forced a few corners in the early stages of the second half, and one of them, in the 55th minute, almost brought an equaliser as Milligan glanced just wide after connecting with Mallan’s delivery. The 
visitors had a great chance to pull themselves level in the 59th minute when Milligan clipped a lovely pass into the path of Kamberi, who took the ball past the advancing Joe Lewis, but the Swiss striker’s effort from a tight angle caught the wind and sailed over the open goal.

Hibs had a let-off in the 62nd minute when Stevie May burst on to a wind-assisted clearance and dinked the ball beyond Bogdan but McGregor did well to get back and stop the Dons striker knocking it into the net.

Three minutes later, the Easter Road side thought they had equalised when Kamberi met a low delivery from Slivka at the near post and flicked the ball goalwards but it ran agonisingly beyond the far post. The former Grasshoppers striker had another good chance in the 72nd minute but he was unable to get enough of a connection to turn the ball goalwards after Martin Boyle fizzed in a dangerous cross from the right.

Hibs made three changes in the final 11 minutes but were unable to find a way through.

Aberdeen: Lewis, Logan, Shinnie, McKenna, Wilson (Anderson 70), McGinn, Mackay-Steven (Ball 90), May (Cosgrove 87), Devlin, Ferguson, Lowe. Subs: Cerny, Considine, Gleeson, Wright.

Hibs: Bogdan, Ambrose, McGregor, Porteous, Boyle, Milligan, Slivka (Horgan 79), Mallan, Stevenson (Mackie 89), Maclaren (Allan 79), Kamberi. Subs: Marciano, Whittaker, Mavrias, Gullan. Booked: Porteous, Mallan, Milligan.

Crowd: 15,629

Referee: Alan Muir

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Hibs fell to a 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen as their wait for a win at Pittodrie goes on. Gary Mackay-Steven netted the only goal of the game in the first hal.

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Recall the game below.

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