{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"hibs","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-linked-with-move-for-ghana-winger-thomas-agyepong-1-4772285","id":"1.4772285","articleHeadline": "Hibs linked with move for Ghana winger Thomas Agyepong","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1532256311000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs have been linked with a move for Ghana internationalist Thomas Agyepong.

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The 21-year-old Manchester City winger has spent the last two seasons on loan at Dutch side NAC Breda having previously played on loan at FC Twente.

According to City Watch, Hibs are in advanced talks to sign the pacey Agyepong on loan.

City’s Brandon Barker spent last season at Easter Road, the young English winger making 30 appearances in an impressive loan spell. Hibs head coach Neil Lennon was keen to secure a return for Barker but the 21-year-old is likely to spend the forthcoming season on loan in England with several clubs down south believed to be interested in the player.

Lennon will turn his attention instead to Agyepong, who joined City in 2015 and made his international debut for Ghana in June 2017.

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Former Hibs and Kilmarnock manager Bobby Williamson has revealed he’s beaten cancer.

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READ MORE - Bobby Williamson, ex-Hibs and Kilmarnock boss, reveals cancer fight

The 56-year-old said last year that he’d been diagnosed with cancerous cells in his nasal cavity.

Williamson, who lives in Kenya, travelled to India in order to undergo two months of intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

But he’s since been given the good news that his cancer has gone into remission.

He told the Mail on Sunday: “The cancer is gone, which is great.

“I will always go back every three months to make sure they keep on top of things.

“Or if anything does show up, they can catch it early enough to be able to deal with it. I hope not to go through it all again.

“That was hard work, to say the least, not only for me but for the people round about me.

“I wasn’t very patient as a patient. I hope that’s all behind me now.

“I can breathe through my nose now and I’m putting weight back on. I feel a lot better that my weight is climbing up again.”

READ MORE - Bobby Williamson on his time with Uganda

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With Hibs preparing to face Greek opposition in Asteras Tripolis, Joel Sked looks back at the team who took to the field the last time Hibs faced a side from Greece. A famous night at Easter Road as Alex McLeish’s men defeated AEK Athens but went out of the Uefa Cup.

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We should have won the game in 90 minutes, no doubt about it at all. I think we gave AEK the fright of their lives."","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Alex McLeish - "We gave everything. We should have won the game in 90 minutes, no doubt about it at all. I think we gave AEK the fright of their lives."","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4771689.1532086485!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ]}} ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-skipper-admits-john-mcginn-would-be-a-huge-loss-to-squad-1-4771885","id":"1.4771885","articleHeadline": "Hibs skipper admits John McGinn would be a huge loss to squad","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1532151000000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs captain David Gray has insisted John McGinn doesn’t hold the key to the Easter Road side’s Europa League campaign but admitted the Scotland midfielder, a signing target for Celtic, would be hard to replace.

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McGinn made his first competitive appearance of the season as the Edinburgh club moved into the second qualifying round of the competition, following up a 6-1 hammering of NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands at home with a rather harder fought 6-4 victory in Toftir, the 23-year-old playing his part by scoring Hibs’ opening goal and setting up two others.

McGinn had missed the first meeting of the teams thanks to a heavily strapped thigh although Hibs head coach Neil Lennon admitted the transfer speculation swirling around him – Celtic having had two bids, the second of which was for £1.75 million, turned down – had also been a distraction for the 23-year-old.

However, having declared himself satisfied with McGinn’s performance on Thursday night, Lennon conceded he didn’t know if he’d still be a Hibs player when they play the first leg of that second qualifying round tie against Greek club Asteras Tripolis at Easter Road in five days time.

“It will be up to the two clubs, or any other club that comes in,” said Lennon. “We have our valuation. We said we’d play him in the Faroes, we played him and we move on.”

And like Lennon, Gray insisted no-one was surprised at the focus McGinn had shown in the surreal surroundings of the cliff-top Svangaskard Stadium as Hibs recovered from going 2-0 down in just five minutes to win.

He said: “Everybody would expect that from John. We know the type of player you get with him. Even if he is not having a great game, you know you will get 100 per cent effort and endeavour. Even if John isn’t playing well, you can guarantee his opposite number will be having a tough game as well.

“If you lose a player like John, then he will be difficult to replace. He is a fantastic talent and one of the best young players coming through in Scotland at the moment.

“Whatever happens with John, if he stays then we know exactly what we’ll get. He’ll be the same player and character as always.

“If he moves on, then the best of luck to him because he deserves it for being brilliant in the last couple of seasons.”

Although McGinn’s immediate future remains clouded by uncertainty, Gray believes Hibs will be well prepared should he depart.

“We have a really good squad and I’m sure there is work going on the background to make sure that, if he does move on, then the manager can bring people in to strengthen again. That’s the nature of football.

“We have a good core, confidence levels are high and we can’t wait for the next round.”

n Hibs’ first game of the new Scottish Premiership season against Motherwell has been moved to Sunday August 5.

The match, which kicks off at Easter Road at 3pm, has been shifted due to the Easter Road side’s progression in the UEFA Europa League.

The fixture had been due to take place at 3pm on Saturday August 4.

Neil Lennon’s side are scheduled to play Asteras Tripolis in Greece on Thursday August 2, after overcoming NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands 12-5 on aggregate after a 6-4 win in Toftir on Thursday night.

The club has advised that all match tickets are valid for the rescheduled fixture.

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It wasn’t so much the six goals scored that has been exercising the mind of Hibs captain David Gray but the four the Easter Road side had conceded to Faroese minnows NSI Runavik.

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Already 6-1 up from the home leg of their Europa League first qualifying round, Neil Lennon’s players had travelled to the North Atlantic outpost safe in the knowledge they’d secured their place in the next stage, a double-header with Greek club Asteras Tripolis.

But, admitted Gray, the alarm bells began to sound loud and clear as what was seen as no more than a formality suddenly took a dramatic turn for the worse, Runavik scoring twice in the opening five minutes to put an unexpected question mark against the Edinburgh club’s progress.

Hibs eventually ran out 6-4 winners on the night and 12-5 on aggregate but, conceded Gray, the delight of keeping their dream of defying the odds to reach the group stages of the competition alive was somewhat tempered by the performance produced in the surreal surroundings of Toftir’s cliff-top Svangaskard Stadium which found itself shrouded in a thick fog, so much so that at one stage it appeared as the game might have to be abandoned.

“It definitely wasn’t a great start to find ourselves 2-0 down,” agreed Gray. “But we reacted well and got ourselves back into the game quite quickly.

“When you find yourself 2-0 down so quickly, regardless of how the first leg went, then alarm bells start to ring and you know you need to get back in the game. It was about reacting and trying to win.”

Strikes from John McGinn and Lewis Stevenson appeared to have soothed the nerves of both Neil Lennon’s players and those travelling Hibs fans who formed the bulk of the tiny crowd of just 587.

But in a highly entertaining match - at least as far as the home support were concerned - the game see-sawed back and forward Runavik nosing in front again only for Gray himself to equalise on the stroke of half-time with Hibs nudging ahead for the first time through Efe Ambrose.

Runavik, though, refused to lie down, their skipper Klaemint Olsen completing his hat-trick before two sublime strikes from Stevie Mallan settled things once and for all in Hibs favour.

Gray, however, insisted it was obvious there were glaring deficiencies which need to be addressed, and quickly with the home leg against Asteras now only five days away.

He said: “The manner in which we lost the goals was disappointing. There is a lot of work to be done. We know that, but the main thing is we’re through. We’ll get back on the training ground and work on the things we need to.

“It’s great that we are creating chances and scoring goals. That’s positive for the boys and the confidence levels at this stage of the season. We always feel we can create, the disappointing aspect was defensively because we pride ourselves on being solid.

“It would be easy to look for excuses, the surroundings and so on, but this was about getting performance and fitness levels up, knowing the games will get tougher.”

Gray acknowledged Hibs now face a huge step up in terms of the quality of opposition in the shape of Asteras, regular competitors in the Europa League and having reached the group stages themselves in consecutive seasons in recent years.

The defender said: “I thought we played really well in the first leg, dominated the game and their goal came from a bit of a fluke deflection. Aside from that, we were in control, and we know we are capable of that.

“Hopefully Thursday was a bit of a one-off in terms of defending and we can just focus on getting a good week’s training under our belts because we know we are in for a tough game.

“We can’t defend against anyone like that, never mind the Greek side. We conceded four goals. You will get punished at any level for that, but hopefully it acts as a bit of a wake-up call and we can get back to working hard and correcting the mistakes.”

As Gray pointed out, Hibs have found little trouble in scoring themselves, the goal-rush which marked their final games of last season continuing, the 12 claimed against Runavik shared between seven players with new signing Mallan having got four of them.

It’s a record which makes Gray’s assertion that the former St Mirren midfielder, who has returned to Scotland following an unhappy spell with English club Barnsley is “a fantastic addition” to the Easter Road squad a trifle obvious.

Gray said: “I remember playing against him in previous season and every time he shot, he seemed to score. A few cracking free-kicks were among those. It’s brilliant he has managed to come in and do it straight away for us.

“It’s no fluke. He practises them all the time and gets what he deserves for those hours that he puts in, not just on set plays but his general delivery.”

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Hibs’’ involvement in the Intertoto Cup was short lived, a 2-1 win at Easter Road not enough to progress as Danish team Odense held on to record a 2-2 aggregate draw and progress on the away goals rule.

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Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Hibs struggled to break down their opponents and Tobias Grahn broke clear to shoot the Danes further ahead on 51 minutes.

Hibs hit back immediately, with defender Rob Jones heading in a miscued shot from Michael Stewart.

Paul Dalglish steered in a clever shot with ten minutes remaining but Hibs could not find the crucial third goal.

However, Hibs manager Tony Mowbray was not too upset. “There are a lot of positives to take out of it. There was a lot of character shown not to accept defeat after they scored the first goal.

“I’m pleased the players showed our football is not about playing the same way all the time.

“They put players behind the ball in the second half so we decided to go for the long-ball option.

“With big Rob (Jones) we can be more direct. We will hopefully see the benefit of this in the coming months.”

The visitors started strongly, maintaining possession impressively and denying Hibs the opportunity to get the Easter Road crowd going.

With Odense defending deep, Hibs could not utilise the pace of winger Ivan Sproule and were reduced to speculative shots from distance.

Stephen Glass tried his luck with a strike that was parried by goalkeeper Arek Onyszko and Abdessalam Benjelloun’s fierce effort was expertly blocked by former Hibs defender Ulrik Laursen.

Dalglish was introduced as a substitute midway through the first-half, with striker Chris Killen being withdrawn with an injury.

Grahn gave Hibs a scare early in the second half with a shot that whistled narrowly wide and the same player then headed a great chance straight at goalkeeper Simon Brown.

However, the Swedish midfielder made no mistake with his third chance, racing on to a Morten Fevang pass to smash the ball beyond Brown.

With Hibs needing three goals to prevail, they were given an immediate boost when Stewart’s wild shot flew to Jones to head past a wrong-footed Onyszko.

Kevin Thomson then went close with a measured curling shot that drifted just wide.

Glass shot over the crossbar before Dalglish set up a tense finale with a goal in the 80th minute.

The former Livingston forward managed to re-direct a shot from Steven Whittaker with a deft touch to put Hibs ahead on the day.

The towering Jones spent the final minutes playing up front but his presence was not enough to provide another breakthrough.

Hibernian: Simon Brown, Whittaker, Hogg, Jones, Murphy, Sproule (Stevenson 70), Stewart (Shiels 66), Thomson, Glass, Benjelloun, Killen (Dalglish 32). Unused subs: Malkowski, Shields, Konde, McDonald.

Odense BK: Onyszko, Ophaug, Aas, Laursen, Sorensen, Hansen, Fevang, Borre, Grahn (Sturod 82), Borring, Timm (Larsen 74). Unused subs: Lindegaard, Christensen, Oliveira, Jensen, Nymann.

Referee: Matteo Trefoloni (Italy).

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Hibs’ first game of the new Scottish Premiership season against Motherwell has been moved to Sunday August 5.

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The match, which kicks off at Easter Road at 3pm, has been shifted due to the Easter Road side’s progression in the UEFA Europa League.

The fixture had been due to take place at 3pm on Saturday August 4.

Neil Lennon’s side are scheduled to play Asteras Tripolis in Greece on Thursday August 2, after overcoming NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands 12-5 on aggregate after a 6-4 win in Toftir last night.

The club has advised that all match tickets are valid for the rescheduled fixture.

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Anthony Stokes has followed in the footsteps of ex-Rangers attacker Harry Forrester by signing for Iranian club Tractor Sazi.

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The former Hibs and Celtic hitman has signed a two-year deal with the Persian Gulf Pro League side after it appeared he was ready to make St Mirren his next club.

The Irish striker had been training with the Paisley club under the watchful eye of his old boss Alan Stubbs. However, it seems the Ladbrokes Premiership new boys were only willing to offer a deal until January.

The 29-year-old most recently had a stint with Apollon Smyrni. After just four appearances he went AWOL and was released from his deal.

This came after Stokes left Hibs in January of this year over disciplinary issues.

On Thursday it was announced that Forrester had joined Tractor after agreeing to an early termination of his Ibrox contract.

READ MORE - John McGinn will be ineligible for Celtic as Hibs start midfielder

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "PETER WALES"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4771654.1532088302!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4771654.1532088302!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Anthony Stokes left Hibs earlier this year. Picture: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Anthony Stokes left Hibs earlier this year. Picture: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4771654.1532088302!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"5785046975001"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/reports-link-hibs-with-move-for-bolton-striker-adam-le-fondre-1-4771597","id":"1.4771597","articleHeadline": "Reports link Hibs with move for Bolton striker Adam le Fondre","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1532081338000 ,"articleLead": "

Neil Lennon is considering a move for Bolton striker Adam le Fondre, according to the Scottish Sun.

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The 31-year-old worked with the Hibs boss at the Macron Stadium after Lennon, then manager of the club, secured the services of the attacker in a loan deal from Cardiff City.

A player of vast experience in the English lower leagues, and one season in the top flight with Reading, le Fondre made a permanent switch to Bolton last year but started only 15 of the 35 games he played.

He was recently part of the squad that went on strike, forcing the postponement of a friendly match against St Mirren as the players protested the non-payment of wages and bonuses.

Le Fondre has one year left on his deal, though his club may be willing to let him go amid their financial struggles.

Hibs are in the market for a new striker after accepting a £150,000 for Simon Murray from South African side Bidvest Wits.

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Hibs boss Neil Lennon promised fans they will see a much-improved performance in next week’s Europa League second qualifying round against Greek outfit Asteras Tripolis after watching his players struggle to defeat NSI Runavik.

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Already 6-1 up from the first leg in Edinburgh, the Easter Road side were expected to be equally ruthless against the minnows from the Faroe Islands but, instead, found themselves two goals down in just five minutes.

Hibs eventually recovered to win 6-4, the first time they’ve ever managed to score more than four away from home in Europe, but Lennon, who watched the match from the stand in the cliff-top Svangaskard Stadium in Toftir, insisted he was totally relaxed about what he had seen.

He said: “It was like a pre-season game and really that is what it was for us. It was an experimental team, some of them needed game time. That’s not going to be anywhere near the level of performance next week.

“I am all right about it. We have a new goalkeeper in, an experimental back three. But we were sloppy to start with, scored six goals – that I have to be happy with. It’s about getting the boys up to speed for next week.”

Asked if he’d suffered a shock as he saw Efe Ambrose slice a cross into his own net before Runavik skipper Klaemint Olsen scored the first of his hat-trick, Lennon said: “I wanted them to be professional and they were anything but for the first five or ten minutes but after that we were fine.

“We will have Darren McGregor, Paul Hanlon and Martin Boyle back and we will get the benefit of the game. If they had been a better class of opposition I would probably have picked a far stronger team but I needed players to get up to speed. That’s only our fourth game.

“It was bizarre. We were sloppy at the back but going forward we were decent. It’s no real litmus test of what we are going to get next week. We just had to get the game out of the way. You could tell some of the players were a bit rusty and needed it.

“I cannot be over-critical. We negotiated the tie all right and are in the next round. We won’t play as poorly as that or as sloppy as that against better opposition.”

Celtic target John McGinn made his first competitive appearance of the season and marked the occasion by scoring Hibs’ first goal, and Lennon insisted he was happy with the Scotland midfielder’s performance. He said: “His fitness levels were good, he passed the ball well. The best thing to do is get out and play and focus on your job. It may change over the next week or so, I don’t know. It will be up to the two clubs or any other club that comes in.

“We have our valuation of the player. We did say we would play him. We played him and we move on.”

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Leeann Dempster has vowed to ‘sort something out’ for Hibs fans who missed out on their European clash in the Faroes due to a flight turning back.

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Flight SAS 17777 landed back in Copenhagen after circling the Faroe Islands with passengers being told it could not land due to the weather.

The flight, which left Copenhagen at 12:20 took off 15 minutes late but turned back just before arrival meaning that Hibs fans were in the air for over 4 hours.

At least 11 fans missed the game according to reports on social media.

Taking to Twitter, Leeann Dempster wrote: “To those @HibsOfficial supporters on this flight, we will sort something out for the home match to try and make up for the disappointment. At least you managed to see some of the game on TV”

The HSL Twitter account posted a picture of Hibs fans at The Scottish Pub in Copenhagen prior to the match.

They wrote: “Boarding the flight in Copenhagen and heading towards the Faroes, these Hibs fans where in good voice. Unfortunately, it was too windy to land and the pilot decided to head back to Copenhagen, for what looks like a good night in The Scottish Pub”

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After making easy work of Faroese opponents Runavik, next up for Hibs in the Europa League qualifiers is Greek side Asteras Tripolis. What can Hibs expect?

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Who are Asteras Tripolis?

The ‘Star of Tripoli’, as their name translates, do not have a long history of playing at the top level in Greece, reaching the Greek Super League for the first time in 2007. Since then, however, they have been ever present. They have never finished lower than 13th, regularly challenging for the European qualification.

Based in the city of Tripoli, a 150km drive south-west of the capital Athens, they have played under different names, including Neos Asteras. Yet, it was in 2001, as Asteras, when they began to make great strides. A five-year unbeaten home record aided their rise towards the top-flight.

Nicknamed the Yellow-Blue, their kits over the years have resembled those of the Ukraine national team, Italian side Hellas Verona and even Greenock Morton.

Home ground

The club play at the Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium which holds less than 8,000 fans. It is very rarely full with their league attendances only getting above 2,000 when the big clubs from Athens visit. Their average attendance was 1,842, with one home fixture attracting less than 1,000 fans.

Their Europa League home ties have attracted bigger crowds but rarely selling out the stadium.

How did they qualify for Europe?

Asteras pipped Xanthi to fifth spot in the Greek Super League thanks to a run of five wins in the last seven games with the teams finishing level on points. Hibs’ opponents, however, had a superior goal difference.

They were then aided by the fact both Greek Cup finalists had already qualified for Europe. So, like Hibs, a Europa League place was given to best-placed team in the league, which was Asteras.

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What is their European record like?

Asteras have achieved something no Scottish team, other than Celtic, have done since the rebranding to the Europa League, they have qualified for the group stages. Twice.

Their first foray into continental competition saw them knocked out of the Europa League qualifying stages in the third round. However, it was the first of four consecutive European campaigns.

They came through three rounds of qualifying in the 2014/2105 season, including defeating Bundesliga side Mainz, to reach the group stages where they faced Tottenham Hotspur, Besiktas and Partizan Belgrade, picking up six points to finish third in the group.

A third place finish in the league saw them qualify directly for the Europa League the following season. But they could only take four points from a group consisting of German giants Schalke, Cypriots Apoel and Sparta Prague.

Hibs is their first European tie since the 2015/2016 season.

Players to watch

The first player who stands out is striker Michalis Manias. It only takes a quick look at the highlights of his goals to see why he will likely feature high in Neil Lennon’s scouting report on the Greeks. The 28-year-old top scored with 12 goals, making him the league’s fourth top scorer.

He is a player who comes alive in and around the box. In doing so he has a selfish streak, looking to get the ball out of his feet quickly and shoot with team-mates barely an after-thought. Once the ball goes wide Hibs defenders will have to be wary of his movements in space. He is capable of scoring a range of goals with an array of finishes.

Manias was in the top three for shots, offsides and touches in the box in the league last season.

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Asteras have a number of Argentine players, including veteran captain Walter Iglesias who came through the youth system at Atletico Madrid. But the perhaps the most influential player is midfielder Juan Munafo. He is the lynchpin of the midfield, playing a crucial role in construction, as well as destruction.

No one in the league was involved in more defensive duels, while he made the fifth most interceptions. In possession he made the highest number of passes by more than 100. But it wasn’t possession for possession sake, rating highly for passes into the final third and through passes.

If Hibs can shut him down they will be able to disrupt Asteras’ gameplan.

Young talent

Hibs will also have to be wary of a trio of in-demand home-grown players. Centre-back Triantafyllos Pasalidis saw a deal to Olympiacos collapse, while 18-year-old attacker Anastasios Douvikas has been the subject of interest frm around Europe. Goalkeeper Georgios Athanasiadis is more experienced but had overtures from bigger clubs in Greece.

Main in charge

Savvas Pantelidis has had a varied career. Aged 53, Asteras are the 13th club he has managed. A former centre-back, Pantelidis took over the club in September 2017 from Staikos Vergetis who left after three games of the league season.

The club were managed in 2008 by Portguese manager Carlos Carvalhal, former Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City boss.

What can Hibs expect?

Lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Asteras have players who can pass the ball well and keep it they don’t try to dominate possession, averaging 48.1 per cent in the league last season.

They try to be positive with the ball, moving it into the final third frequently. But it can lead to giving up possession. They were fourth in the league for ball losses which could play into Hibs’ hands and their ability to counter-attack swiftly.

Out of possession they are an aggressive unit. They work hard trying to make the game difficult for opponents. They were in the top five for defensive duels (1st), interceptions, aerial duels and fouls (2nd). They were the third youngest team last season so despite the presence of experienced Argentine players they have plenty of mobility.

Anything else?

Asteras count former Hearts striker Juanma Delgado and Scottish midfielder Mark Kerr as former alumni.

While the Yellow-Blue were thumped 5-1 by Tottenham Hotpsur in the group stages in 2014, the consolation was fumbled in by Harry Kane who had taken over goalkeeping duties after Hugo Lloris was sent off.

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Ratings out of ten for every Hibs player from their second leg victory over Faroese side Runavik.

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READ MORE - Runavik 4 - 6 Hibs (5-12 agg): Lennon’s side win wild second leg

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Craig Fowler gives his take as Hibs advance to the second round of Europa League qualifying following a wild evening in the Faroe Islands.

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READ MORE - Runavik 4 - 6 Hibs (5-12 agg): Lennon’s side win wild second leg

Hibs paid an early price for taking their opponents too lightly

It was a very passive performance from the visitors in the opening minutes as they failed to get close to their hosts. Perhaps they believed the result was academic, and that Runavik did too. Instead, the Faroese side went at them from the start in a bid to haul back the seemingly unreachable deficit. Once Hibs had been slapped twice in the face they were able to rouse themselves from their slumber and, even though the defence remained at sixes and sevens, were comfortably the better side for the remainder - as they should be.

It may be a while before we see that defence again

The bad news is that the Hibs defence conceded four goals to the fourth best team in the Faroe Islands. The good news is you’ll never likely see that defence again. Without Paul Hanlon and Darren McGregor, Steven Whittaker was installed alongside Efe Ambrose and youngster Ryan Porteous in the back three. All three struggled as each individual member of the rearguard never looked comfortable with themselves or their defensive partners.

Stevie Mallan is a terrific threat from distance

That’s four goals in two games and all of them have come from outside the penalty area. You could say that a competent goalkeeper would have stopped three of them (pfft, how fun are you?) but you’d also have to admit that he’s displayed the ability to threatened the opposition penalty box from anywhere inside 25 yards. Look forward to more belters in the near futre.

John McGinn is a straight up baller

Despite leading by five goals from the first leg and the possibility of a hefty transfer fee coming in for the player, it was perhaps a bit of a surprise to see McGinn in the starting XI. Sure, Lennon had said he’d play, but with a potential payday for the club in the balance if he were to get injured, you didn’t know for sure whether he would given the circumstances.

After some derisory bids and chatter from Celtic skipper Scott Brown about the midfielder, perhaps it was an act of sticking two fingers up to their Scottish Premiership rivals. Having started against Runavik, McGinn is now ineligible for play for any club in Champions League qualifying.

If that puts off Celtic from making a satisfactory offer until the end of the deadline, well then that can only be a good thing for Hibs. While it wasn’t the sternest test McGinn will ever face, he still deserves credit for a sparkling performance. He was at the heart of everything his team did, notching a goal and two assists as well as creating numerous other chances. If he remains for the foreseeable, Hibs will fancy their chances of extending this European run beyond the second round.

David Gray reminded everyone he’s still fighting for his place

The Scottish Cup-winning hero was something of an afterthought last year. Hampered by injury, when he wasn’t unavailable for selection he was failing to show the kind of form that had him distinguished as one of the best full-backs in Scotland during his time in the second tier. Again, we have to mention the quality of the opposition, but that looked like the Gray of old on Thursday night as he attacked down the flank with real gusto. His cross created Hibs’ first and he would later net himself. It’s only one game against part-timers, but it was encouraging nonetheless.

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Hibs brought a little shaft of Leith sunshine to a dreich day in the Faroe Islands as the Easter Road side clinched their place in the second qualifying round of the Europa League, but not quite in the style they – or anyone else – had envisaged.

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Neil Lennon’s players had effectively secured a tie against Greek outfit Asteras Tripolis by hammering NSI Runavik 6-1 a week ago in Edinburgh and they could hardly have dreamed of anything more than another stroll against a side which had provided such poor opposition.

But they found this second leg in this North Atlantic outpost a much tougher proposition, going two goals down within five minutes as the Faroese part-timers began to sense a memorable upset might just be on the cards.

Although Hibs eventually ran out winners again, it was a less than convincing performance in which they never managed to entirely shake off the home side for whom captain Klaemint Olsen led from the front with a well-taken hat-trick.

With Lennon banished to the stand in the surreal surroundings of Toftir’s cliff-top Svangaskard Stadium, his assistant Garry Parker could only look on impassively from the touchline in the first minute as Efe Ambrose sliced a low cross high into his own net and, five minutes later, Runavik skipper Olsen slid in to beat goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and make it 2-0 to the hosts on the night.

Hibs slowly settled the nerves and John McGinn, restored to the side after missing the first leg through injury as he continues to find himself at the centre of a maelstrom of speculation as Celtic seek to entice him to Glasgow, narrowed the gap as he calmly fired the ball home.

And when Lewis Stevenson thundered a super shot high into the net of rookie Runavik goalkeeper Eli Joensen, pressed into action only minutes before kick-off as Tordur Thomsen picked up an injury, it looked as if Hibs had shaken off that early scare and would repeat the totally dominant performance of last week.

Runavik, however, had other ideas and Klaemint Olsen restored their lead, drilling a precise shot low into the corner of Bogdan’s net from 18 yards only for Hibs skipper David Gray to steal in at the back post on the stroke of half-time to meet McGinn’s deep free-kick to restore parity on the night and the Edinburgh club’s five-goal advantage overall.

As banks of fog drifted in, the Hibs players would no doubt have been thinking that at least they’d be spared a half-time rocket from Lennon, the terms of his ban extending to the home dressing-room.

Those opening 45 minutes were certainly not what the 200 or so Hibs fans who’d made the long journey north had anticipated but it shouldn’t be forgotten that despite having failed to progress beyond the first qualifying round in 12 previous attempts, Runavik had beaten both Dinamo Tiblisi and Linfield and held Fulham to a 0-0 draw on their own plastic 
pitch.

Despite the comfortable cushion Hibs had brought with them, Lennon insisted he wanted his players to use this “dead rubber” to good effect, not only looking for that second win but in terms of match sharpness ahead of the tougher challenge that Asteras will undoubtedly present to their hopes of reaching the group stages.

With that in mind, Lennon fielded a strong side although he did make four changes to last week’s team, Paul Hanlon left behind to recover from a virus while Martin Boyle, who has been nursing a hamstring injury was rested as Vykintas Slivka and Darren McGregor dropped to the bench.

In came skipper David Gray, Marvin Bartley, Ryan Porteous and McGinn, his appearance meaning that even if Celtic eventually come up with the sort of cash Hibs are seeking for the Scotland midfielder, he’ll be ineligible to play in their European campaign until, and if, Brendan Rodgers’ side make the group stages of the Champions League.

The fog which had enveloped the ground became ever more dense as the second half got underway, but it was just possible to pick out Ambrose as he knocked home McGinn’s pass from close range to put Hibs ahead for the first time on the night.

It was, however, a short-lived lead, Klaemint Olsen latching on to a long ball to outstrip the Hibs defence, completing his hat-trick with an assured finish past the horribly-exposed Bogdan.

Lennon had described Hibs’ final game of last season, a 5-5 draw with Rangers as “absolutely bonkers” and this match was rapidly finding itself fitting into the same category, Mallan sending a sumptuous free-kick from 30 yards sailing into the top corner of Eli Joensen’s net with the goalkeeper reduced to no more than an interested spectator.

Mallan’s expertise from long range – the former St Mirren midfielder also got a couple last week – and his delivery from set-pieces were a major attraction for Lennon as he signed him from Barnsley and he delivered again to surely give Hibs victory, leaving Eli Joensen beaten all ends up with another eye-catching strike.

Untidy it may have been at times with questions marks against the quality of Hibs’ defending clearly evident but it was wonderful entertainment, ten goals – and a few memorable ones among them – with Hibs eventually running out 12-5 winners on aggregate.

The scoreline was still a little bit short of their European record, a 12-3 win in two games against Norwegian outfit Rosenborg in 1975.

And, if Lennon learned one thing, there will have to be a marked improvement between this game and next Thursday when Asteras, a side which reached the group stages of the Europa League – the stated goal of the Hibs head coach – in successive season recently, roll into town.

NSI Runavik (4-3-3): E Joensen, Ba Hansen, J Joensen, Langgaard, Heintze; M Olsen (B Hansen 71), F Benjaminsen, Justinussen; J Benjaminsen, K Olsen (J Mortensen 74), Knudsen. Unused subs: J Davidsen, Dalbud, Frederiksberg, M Mortensen.

Hibs (3-1-4-2): Bogdan; Ambrose, Porteous; Whittaker (Slivka 78), Bartley (Gullan 88); Gray, Mallan, McGinn, Stevenson; Kamberi, Shaw (Swanson 78). Unused subs: Laidlaw, McGregor, Martin, Mackie.

Referee: Luis Teixeira (Por).

Crowd: 587

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Hibs brought a little shaft of Leith sunshine to a dreich day in the Faroe Islands as the Easter Road side clinched their place in the second qualifying round of the Europa League, but not quite in the style they – or anyone else – had envisaged.

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Neil Lennon’s side had effectively secured a tie against Greek outfit Asteras Tripolis by hammering NSI Runavik 6-1 a week ago in Edinburgh and they could hardly have dreamed of anything more than another stroll against a side which had provided such poor opposition.

But they found this second leg in this North Atlantic outpost a much tougher proposition, going two goals down within five minutes as the Faroese part-timers began to sense a memorable upset might just be on the cards.

Although Hibs eventually ran out winners again, it was a less-than-convincing performance in which they never managed to entirely shake off the home side for whom captain Klaemint Olsen led from the front with a well-taken hat-trick.

With Lennon banished to the stand in the surreal surroundings of Toftir’s cliff-top Svangaskard Stadium, his assistant Garry Parker could only look on impassively from the touchline in the first minute as Efe Ambrose sliced a low cross high into his own net before, five minutes later, Runavik skipper Klaemint Olsen slid in to beat goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and make it 2-0 to the hosts on the night.

Hibs slowly settled the nerves and John McGinn, restored to the side after missing the first leg through injury as he continues to find himself at the centre of a maelstrom of speculation as Celtic seek to entice him to Glasgow, narrowed the gap as he calmly fired the ball home.

And when Lewis Stevenson thundered a super shot high into the net of rookie Runavik goalkeeper Eli Joensen, pressed into action only minutes before kick-off as Tordur Thomsen picked up an injury, it looked as if Hibs had shaken off that early scare and would repeat the totally dominant performance of last week.

Runavik, however, had other ideas and Klaemint Olsen restored their lead, drilling a precise shot low into the corner of Bogdan’s net from 18 yards only for Hibs skipper David Gray to steal in at the back post on the stroke of half-time to meet McGinn’ deep free-kick to restore parity on the night and the Edinburgh club’s five-goal advantage overall.

As banks of fog drifted in, the Hibs players would no doubt have been thinking that at least they’d be spared a half-time rocket from Lennon, the terms of his ban extending to the home dressing-room.

Those opening 45 minutes were certainly not what the 200 or so Hibs fans who’d made the long journey north had anticipated but it shouldn’t be forgotten that despite having failed to progress beyond the first qualifying round in 12 previous attempts, Runavik had beaten both Dinamo Tiblisi and Linfield and held Fulham to a 0-0 draw on their own plastic pitch.

Despite the comfortable cushion Hibs had brought with them, Lennon insisted he wanted his players to use this “dead rubber” to good effect, not only looking for that second win but in terms of match sharpness ahead of the tougher challenge that Asteras will undoubtedly present to their hopes of reaching the group stages.

With that in mind, Lennon fielded a strong side although he did make four changes to last week’s team, Paul Hanlon left behind to recover from a virus while Martin Boyle, who has been nursing a hamstring injury was rested as Vykintas Slivka and Darren McGregor dropped to the bench.

In came skipper David Gray, Marvin Bartley, Ryan Porteous and McGinn, his appearance meaning that even if Celtic eventually come up with the sort of cash Hibs are seeking for the Scotland midfielder, he’ll be ineligible to play in their European campaign until, and if, Brendan Rodgers’ side make the group stages of the Champions League.

The fog which had enveloped the ground became ever more dense as the second half got underway, but it was just possible to pick out Ambrose as he knocked home McGinn’s pass from close range to put Hibs ahead for the first time on the night.

It was, however, a short-lived lead, Klaemint Olsen latching onto a long ball to outstrip the Hibs defence, completing his hat-trick with an assured finish past the horribly-exposed Bogdan.

Lennon had described Hibs’ final game of last season, a 5-5 draw with Rangers as “absolutely bonkers” and this match was rapidly finding itself fitting into the same category, Mallan sending a sumptuous free-kick from 30 yards sailing into the top corner of Eli Joensen’s net with the goalkeeper reduced to no more than an interest spectator.

Mallan’s expertise from long range – the former St Mirren midfielder also got a couple last week – and his delivery from set-pieces were a major attraction for Lennon as he signed him from Barnsley and he delivered again to surely give Hibs victory, leaving Eli Joensen beaten all ends up with another eye-catching strike.

Untidy it may have been at times with questions marks against the quality of Hibs’ defending clearly evident but it was wonderful entertainment, ten goals – and a few memorable ones among them – with Hibs eventually running out 12-5 winners on aggregate. The scoreline was still a little bit short of their European record, a 12-3 win in two games against Norwegian outfit Rosenborg in 1975.

And, if Lennon learned one thing, there will have to be a marked improvement between this game and next Thursday when Asteras, a side which reached the group stages of the Europa League – the stated goal of the Hibs head coach – in successive seasosn recently, roll into town.

NSI Runavik (4-3-3): E Joensen, Ba Hansen, J Joensen, Langgaard, Heintze; M Olsen (B Hansen 71), F Benjaminsen, Justinussen; J Benjaminsen, K Olsen (J Mortensen 74), Knudsen. Unused subs: J Davidsen, Dalbud, Frederiksberg, M Mortensen.

Hibs (3-1-4-2): Bogdan; Ambrose, Porteous; Whittaker (Slivka 78), Bartley (Gullan 88); Gray, Mallan, McGinn, Stevenson; Kamberi, Shaw (Swanson 78). Unused subs: Laidlaw, McGregor, Martin, Mackie.

Referee: Luis Teixeira (Por).

Crowd: 587

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John McGinn starts for Hibs in their Europa League encounter with Faroese side Runavik.

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READ MORE - Hibs boss tells Scott Brown to stop talking about John McGinn

Neil Lennon has decided to start the midfielder despite interest from reigning Ladbrokes Premiership champions Celtic.

His participation in the first qualifying round, second-leg clash means he’ll be ineligible to play in the Champions League qualifiers for Brendan Rodgers’ side if they’re able to submit a bid Hibs deem to be satisfactory.

A recent change in the rules would, however, mean that McGinn would still be eligible to play for another team in the Champions League should they reach the group stages.

Celtic have had two bids for the player rejected. The latest was a £1.75m offer, which falls well short of Hibs’ evaluation.

Lennon’s men travelled to the Faroe Islands holding a 6-1 lead from the first leg at Easter Road.

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Keep refreshing the page for live updates as Hibs visit Runavik for their second-leg clash in the first round of Europa League qualifying.

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Liam Henderson has decided to remain in Italy after agreeing a four-year deal to join Hellas Verona, according to reports.

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READ MORE - Scott Brown: Hibs right to seek as much as they can for John McGinn

The former Celtic youngster and Hibs favourite was allowed to join the Serie B side after his previous club Bari went into financial meltdown.

The second tier side, who Henderson joined in January, were declared bankrupt and forced to begin life again in Serie D.

Manager Fabio Grosso, an Italian World Cup winner from his playing days, left Bari earlier this summer to join Verona and he’s decided to take Henderson with him.

The 22-year-old impressed during his short stint with the Biancorossi and he’ll be looking to continue his fine form at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.

READ MORE - Neil Lennon calls on Scott Brown to stop talking about John McGinn

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "CRAIG FORBES"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4770923.1531997209!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4770923.1531997209!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The former Hibs star was a free agent after leaving Bari. Picture: Greg Macvean","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The former Hibs star was a free agent after leaving Bari. Picture: Greg Macvean","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4770923.1531997209!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ {"video": {"brightcoveId":"5785046975001"} } ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/neil-lennon-reveals-why-hibs-had-to-accept-offer-for-simon-murray-1-4770706","id":"1.4770706","articleHeadline": "Neil Lennon reveals why Hibs had to accept offer for Simon Murray","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1531949553000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs boss Neil Lennon has insisted Simon Murray’s shock move to South Africa was the striker’s best option as he’d struggle to hold down a jersey at Easter Road.

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The Capital club accepted a £150,000 offer from Premier Soccer League outfit Bidvest Wits for the 26-year-old, last season’s top scorer despite spending the second half of the campaign on loan at Dundee. The hitman was an instant success after arriving as a free agent from Dundee United last summer, scoring ten goals in his first seven games and then a derby winner against Hearts.

However, the goals dried up and Lennon refashioned his strikeforce by bringing in Florian Kamberi and Jamie Maclaren on loan during the transfer window, the pair instantly forming a prolific partnership which helped drive Hibs to fourth place in the Premiership.

Murray returned from Dens Park determined to fight for his place but has now accepted his future at Easter Road is bleak.

Lennon admitted allowed Murray to go had left him short up front with only Kamberi and youngster Oli Shaw on the books although he’s looking to bring in new faces once tonight’s Europa League tie with NSI Runavik in the Faroe Islands is negotiated.

He said: “I didn’t feel Simon would play that much – he wasn’t really at the forefront of our minds in terms of how how we want to play this season. We brought him in for nothing. We got a good offer for him which we feel is beneficial for the club and him. He realises he’d have found it difficult to get a regular spot. He quite fancies the challenge of playing in a different environment and culture and financially I think it’s quite rewarding for him as well.”

Murray’s departure will undoubtedly raise speculation that Australian striker Jamie Maclaren, who is determined to leave his German club Darmstadt despite having two years left on his contract, may return. However, Lennon insisted he wouldn’t comment on players under contract elsewhere. But he did say: “We have four or five options we are trying to pursue and we want to try to get some business done as quickly as possible but a lot will depend on John McGinn’s situation as well in terms of how much money – if any – we have to spend on players going forward.”

Lennon revealed Paul Hanlon was left behind to recover from a virus, the defender expected to return to training tomorrow and be ready for the Europa League second qualifying round against Asteras Tripolis.

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Hibs boss Neil Lennon has told Scott Brown to save talking about how good John McGinn is until, if and when, he becomes a Celtic player.

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The Hoops skipper has lavished praise on the Scotland midfielder, insisting that following the path he took more than a decade ago would be a “great move” for the 23-year-old.

Celtic have had two bids for the former St Mirren player knocked back by Hibs, the second being for £1.75m, a figure which the Capital club insist vastly under-values their prized asset.

Brown, who switched to Celtic for £4.51m, insisted Hibs are perfectly right to seek the best possible money they can for a player who is in the last year of his contract, but he also revealed he’s been in regular contact with McGinn, a close friend, in recent weeks. While adamant it is up to the clubs to strike a deal, Brown believes McGinn would flourish under Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, saying: “The manager here makes everyone a better player. He’s been around top-quality players for most of his career so you are always going to learn from him.”

But, revealing McGinn will play in tonight’s Europa League match against NSI Runavik in the Faroe Islands, Lennon insisted Brown had been “presumptuous” in what he’d had to say.

He said: “I don’t know the context of the interview and the atmosphere of the interview, and I’m aware that John is admired by a lot of people in the Scottish game, but it’s a bit early for that sort of talk.

“I would prefer it if – regardless of what club John may go to – the players at that club wait until he actually arrives. Then they can talk about him as much as they want.

“I think managers talking about players at other clubs is definitely breaking a code, but perhaps Scott was just asked a question and gave an honest answer. However, we as a club would prefer it if a deal was concluded before players talk like that.”

Lennon conceded that with his background – his grandfather Jack was once Celtic chairman – the Glasgow side may be McGinn’s own preferred destination although English clubs have contacted Hibs regarding his situation.

“There are other suitors out there but the only concrete offers we have had came from Celtic. You would need to ask John if his preferred choice is Celtic. However, there is still a long way to go before anything is finalised.”

McGinn watched from the stand last week as his team-mates trounced the part-timers from the Faroes 6-1 to essentially clinch their place in the second qualifying round of the Europa League against Greek side Asteras Tripolis.

The reason given was a “dead leg” which had required heavy strapping although Lennon also conceded the transfer speculation had been a distraction saying: “It was difficult for John in the first few days but I think he’s over it now. He’s trained well in the last few days, is more relaxed and settled in himself.

“He’ll play tonight as it stands. He needs to play. If we negotiate this tie then we have a really tough one in the next round and we need our players up to speed and ready.”

An appearance by McGinn would mean he would be cup-tied for Celtic’s Champions League qualifiers if a deal was to be struck any time soon, a scenario which Lennon insisted didn’t bother him.

He said: It’s not my problem, it’s just not. I need to do what’s best for my team. We want to progress in this tournament and, to do that, we will need to beat a very good Greek team and I’ll need my best players.”

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NSi Runavik striker Petur Knudsen believes Hibs can realise boss Neil Lennon’s dream of reaching the group stages of the Europa League.

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The Easter Road side took a first step towards that goal, hammering the minnows from the Faroe Islands 6-1 seven days ago to leave tonight’s second leg at the Toftir Stadium a formality with Greek outfit Asteras Tripolis lying in wait in the next qualifying round.

While admitting Hibs will find it increasingly tougher the further they go, Knudsen, who claimed Runavik’s consolation goal with a wildly-deflected free-kick, admitted he’d been highly impressed by what he’d seen in Edinburgh.

The under-21 internationalist, son of the famous Faroese bobble-hat wearing goalkeeper Jens Martin Knudsen, said: “Hibs were physically stronger than us and the players they have brought in from Europe had real quality.

“One of them, [Florian] Kamberi, scored a hat-trick and that made a big difference. But the truth was they were better than us in every position on the pitch.

“They will have ambitions to get to the group stages and if they play as they did in Edinburgh, and have a little bit of luck along the way, then why shouldn’t they?

“It will be difficult because the further you go, the better the teams you play are, but if you have quality players you always have a chance.”

Knudsen admitted finding themselves playing against ten men after Runavik defender Einar Trondargjogv-Hansen had been sent off after only half-an-hour for a wild lunge on Martin Boyle had made things that little bit easier for Hibs.

However, he had no quibble with the red card.

But even with that helping hand, Knudsen admitted Hibs were just too good against a side which has played regularly in the Europa League in recent seasons although they have won just two of their 23 European games and have never gone beyond the first round.

He said: “In our last three seasons in Europe we’ve played a team from Northern Ireland and two clubs from Belarus. We went out to all of them but Hibs were a class above them.”

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Highly-rated Hibs kid Oli Shaw believes European football can be the making of him as a top-class striker, revealing he is relishing the challenge of helping spearhead the Easter Road club’s bid to make the group stages of the Europa League.

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The surprise departure of Simon Murray for South Africa side Bidvest Wits has left Hibs boss Neil Lennon with only 20-year-old Shaw and Swiss hitman Florian Kamberi going into tonight’s second-leg clash with NSI Runavik in the Faroe Islands. And it’s an opportunity that Shaw, who scored his first goal in Europe as Kamberi claimed a hat-trick in the 6-1 rout of the part-time minnows a week ago to effectively secure a second qualifying round tie against Asteras Tripolis from Greece, is determined to take.

Lennon is content to go into tonight’s match with the pairing of Shaw and Kamberi but conceded he is light in numbers up front, a situation he will be addressing in the days to come although he refused to discuss the possibility of Australian forward Jamie Maclaren, who forged a prolific partnership with Kamberi in the second half of last season, returning.

In the meantime, Shaw, who notched five goals last season including a Betfred Cup semi-final strike against Celtic, will be doing his utmost to ensure that whoever the new arrival(s) might be, they’ll have to fight him for that place in the starting line-up.

He said: “The gaffer’s given me a chance in the last few games and I want to repay that by scoring goals. He wants me to work on other aspects of my game like hold-up play. I want to keep pushing myself and hopefully I can keep my place.

“Me and Flo have been working hard together, the gaffer and Parks [Lennon’s assistant Garry Parker] have been working with us trying to implement things. We’re working as a pair and hopefully as the season progresses we can continue to build on that.

“It was good to get off the mark last week. It was my first European goal, all my family were there as well, and it was good to score. I’ve scored in a few of the bigger games; people say that’s where you make your mark when people are watching them. If you play well in those, it’s important for me and the team.

“I’ve done a bit of work in the summer and I’ve a programme from the sports scientists. I like to use my pace as well, but particularly in Europe there’s going to be a physical aspect, different cultures and different ways of playing.

“It’s big for game development to experience playing against different types of players. Teams go on pre-season tours and play different styles. You see Rangers Under-20s last season didn’t play in the league, they played foreign teams to get that kind of experience. It’s just about balancing the two.”

Shaw already has plenty of international experience having played for Scotland at both Under-17 and Under-19 levels but in the Toftir Stadium he will sample a European away match with Hibs for the first time, yet another opportunity as he sees it to broaden his horizons just that little bit further.

He said: “This is my first time away on a European trip with the team, it’s been good and we’ll work on a few things.

“I’ve been to Greece, Czech Republic with the Scottish youth levels, before the qualifying rounds for the Euros. It’s brought my game on, it’s different and you learn from it, because it can be a test.

“It’s always good experience to play against different styles of opponents and it’ll be good to experience it with Hibs.

“It’s obviously quite different here in terms of the facilities, and the weather’s a bit bleak, but it’s a good experience for the boys. It’s important that we develop that. We’re a close-knit group and coming on trips away can only help that. It helps the bonding side, especially if we’re getting results.”

Although tonight’s match is, in effect, a “dead rubber”, Shaw insisted he and his team-mates owe a performance to the 200 or so Hibs fans who have travelled to the Faroes.

He said: “You want to show NSI the respect they deserve but we have a few fans who’ve made the trip over and we want to go out and put on a show for them. It maybe takes the pressure off to be so far ahead after last week but we still want to come back with a result.”

However, like Lennon and his team-mates, Shaw harbours dreams of helping Hibs become the first Scottish side outwith the Old Firm to make the Europa League group stages since Aberdeen a decade ago.

“We set targets and we want to get to the group stages,” he said. “Getting through these first two rounds would be a massive boost for our confidence, even going into the league. It would be great to progress.

“Hibs are a big club and we’re going in the right direction and hopefully that’s what will 
happen. The gaffer has brought in a mindset for us to win and hopefully we’ll kick on from there.”

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Hibs head coach Neil Lennon feels John McGinn has been unsettled by Celtic’s pursuit of his player but insists the midfielder is ready to play against NSI Runavik in the second leg of the Europa League first round qualifying tie.

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The Glasgow club have had two bids – the second for £1.75 million – turned down by Hibs in recent weeks.

Scotland midfielder McGinn missed the 6-1 first-leg win with a dead leg and playing in the Faroes on Thursday evening would make him ineligible for Celtic’s Champions League qualifiers.

“I’ve got to do what I think is best for Hibs at the minute,” said Lennon.

“John’s one of our best players and alright we’re in a comfortable position [in the tie] at the minute, but he needs to play.

“He needs match fitness, he needs sharpness, so I’ve got to take all those things into consideration as well, regardless of events happening elsewhere.”

Celtic are expected to come back with a third offer for McGinn, 23, who has a year left remaining on his Hibs contract, but Lennon insists there have been no further bids for the player.

“Not at the minute there hasn’t been,” he told BBC Scotland.

“It was a little bit unsettling for him, but I think he’s focused again now and a lot more relaxed about things because it is a difficult position that a player finds himself in sometimes.

“But he’s ready to play. He’s come through the thigh problem he had last week and we’ll see how he is tonight at training.”

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