{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"hibs","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-boss-hits-out-over-cynical-challenge-on-john-mcginn-1-4707424","id":"1.4707424","articleHeadline": "Hibs boss hits out over ‘cynical’ challenge on John McGinn","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1521241464000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs boss Neil Lennon admitted he had no complaints at goalkeeper Ofir Marciano’s red card but insisted he was bewildered as to how St Johnstone managed to end the 1-1 draw at McDiarmid Park with 11 men.

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Marciano was sent off after just 13 minutes for handling the ball outside his area with the Easter Road side already ahead through Efe Ambrose, his place going to Cammy Bell, who ensured the Capital outfit left Perth with a point as he touched Scott Tanser’s late free-kick onto the bar after Chris Kane had levelled for Saints.

But Lennon was left incensed by a number of second-half challenges by the home side, who had five players booked although he felt Blair Alston should have seen red for cynically chopping down Hibs midfielder John McGinn.

Lennon, who watched from the stand as he began a three-match ban, claimed it was as well he was sitting there as he said: “I do not understand how St Johnstone ended the game with 11 men. I totally get our red card, it was deserved, it was the right decision. But some of the challenges on my players in the second half were shocking, disgraceful. We do not get enough protection.”

However, it was Alston’s terrible challenge on McGinn which irked Lennon in particular, the Hibs boss adamant it could have caused his player a serious injury. He said: “It’s a red card all day long. He has made no attempt to play the ball other than to be reckless and endanger John’s well-being. It’s horrific and he [referee John Beaton] is right there looking at it.”

Alston had another nibble at McGinn soon after and, according to Lennon, Beaton had told Hibs captain Paul Hanlon that he “had one more”.

Lennon went on: “It was incredible, cynical, one of my players is going to get badly injured by tackles like that.”

While the draw robbed Hibs of the chance of overtaking Aberdeen in third place in the Premiership table, Lennon had nothing but praise for his short-handed side, saying: “They were amazing, absolutely amazing. We rode our luck at times and Cammy Bell was absolutely sensational.”

Hibs midfielder Dylan McGeouch missed his first game of the season only days after being named in the Scotland squad and Lennon admitted he couldn’t give any assurances that the midfielder, who “felt an adductor” in training on Thursday, would be fit for the games against Costa Rica and Hungary.

Admitting it was ironic given how the 25-year-old had been speaking of finally being injury free only a couple of days ago, he said: “We wanted to give him 24 hours but he came in and was still feeling it. I don’t know how long he will be out for, if at all.

“It will be up to Scotland, if they want to have a look at him they are welcome to do that. It’s fine by me.”

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Franck Sauzee and Mixu Paatelainen grabbed second-half goals to give Hibs the honours in the third Edinburgh derby of the season and step up their charge for a place in the UEFA Cup.

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Russell Latapy’s 37th-minute curler had cancelled out Darren Jackson’s breathtaking strike in the 26th minute and it was left to the Frenchman and the Finn to give Hibs their second win over their arch rivals.

Sauzee won the European Cup with Marseille in 1993 and he will bring the curtain down on a glittering career in May.

But he’s determined to go out in style by leading Alex McLeish’s side into the UEFA Cup and his goal on the hour effectively won the game and put them three points behind Hearts in third place.

Hearts’ brilliant run came to an end after five wins and a draw in their past six Premier League games but they had their moments in an eventful first half.

Hibs made a nervous start in a typically hostile derby atmosphere.

Robert Tomaschek hit a hopeful shot from the edge of the box in the very first minute that Hibs keeper Nick Colgan pushed around the post.

Hibs hit back and in the fifth minute as Tom Smith’s shot got through Colin Cameron’s block and fell to Stuart Lovell who fired just wide of the mark.

Gary Wales went close in the 13th minute for Hearts when he was picked out by Cameron in the centre and his clever flick just flew wide.

A minute later and Paatelainen knocked the ball into Lovell but the midfielder gave Gordan Petric time to clear.

Hibs were fortunate in the 17th minute when Colgan fumbled Jackson’s corner and the home defence blocked Gary Naysmith’s goal-bound effort.

But there was nothing lucky about the strike that put Hearts ahead when Jackson, who returned to the side for Scott Severin, produced a 20-yard rocket that beat the despairing dive of Colgan and flew into the top corner.

Two minutes later and Hearts should have gone 2-0 up when Wales raced clear with just Colgan to beat but he dragged his shot wide of the post.

The Hibs defence looked in all sorts of trouble as Hearts grew in confidence with the goal and they were left wondering how they had not doubled their lead.

Gary McSwegan found himself in a one-on-one with Colgan in the 36th minute but he turned and dragged his effort wide of the far post.

But they were made to pay for those missed chances a minute later and it was Trinidad and Tobago striker Latapy who again rescued his side with a fabulous curling effort on the run that squeezed just inside Antti Niemi’s left-hand post after a good ball from Sauzee.

Paatelainen then should have at least hit the target in the 40th minute as he rose to head Sauzee’s free-kick just wide with Niemi rooted to the spot.

Two minutes later and Hearts full-back Naysmith needed treatment after he appeared to be hit with a missile from the crowd and referee Hugh Dallas informed a police officer of the incident.

But the game got going again and in the last minute of an eventful half Sauzee blasted a free-kick inches past the post from all of 25 yards and then Petric put a block on Latapy’s effort after a good penetrating run from Kenny Miller.

Hibs carved out another great opportunity after the restart as Latapy threaded the ball through to the impressive Smith and his cross was met by Miller who could only drag his header wide of the mark.

Smith again made a great run down the left in the 52nd minute and his dangerous centre was sliced over by Hearts defender Petric.

The visiting defence fell asleep two minutes later to give Martin McIntosh acres of room in the box and he rose at the far post to head Sauzee’s cross across the face of the goal but there was no Hibs attacker there to convert the chance.

Niemi then blocked a stinging 25-yard free-kick from Sauzee in the 55th minute to keep his side on level terms.

However, there was nothing he could do on the hour to prevent his side from going behind and Smith was again influential in the build up.

Paatelainen played a defence-splitting pass to the full-back who picked out Sauzee at the far post and he headed past Niemi into the far corner.

The game was over in the 85th minute when Niemi got a hand to Latapy’s effort and Paatelainen had the easiest of tap-ins to secure the points and make the green side of the city happy and give them dreams of Europe.

Hibs: Colgan, Collins, McIntosh, Hughes, Smith, Sauzee, Lovell, Latapy, McGinlay, Paatelainen, Miller. Subs Not Used: Gottskalksson, Lehmann, Dennis, Hartley, Murray.

Hearts: Niemi, Murray, Pressley, Petric, Naysmith, Leclercq (Makel 81), Tomaschek (Adam 72), Cameron, Jackson, McSwegan, Wales. Subs Not Used: Rousset, Simpson, Severin.

Ref: H Dallas (Motherwell).

Att: 15,908.

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Ten-man Hibs just failed to hold on for the win which would have lifted them above Aberdeen in the Premiership table having played almost 80 minutes a man short.

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The Easter Road side had got off to a dream start when Efe Ambrose headed them in front with less than two minutes on the clock.

But they lost goalkeeper Ofir Marciano, red-carded after rushing from his area and using his arms to thwart Saints forward Chris Kane, who had raced in behind the visiting defence.

Marciano protested his innocence but had to go, replaced by Cammy Bell as Australian striker Jamie Maclaren was sacrificed to allow him to take his place between the sticks.

The Easter Road side defended doggedly throughout the second half, their normal free-flowing football replaced by a determination to dig deep and preserve that narrow lead.

But, just as they looked as if they might get away with the three points, Kane finally hauled the Perth side level on 83 minutes. And it could have been even worse for Hibs deep into added-on time as Bell touched Scott Tanser’s cracking free-kick onto the bar.

In the end, given the circumstances, the Capital side would have been happy with the point even if it meant that they’d failed to beat St Johnstone in their three clashes this season.

Lennon was forced into one change, Dylan McGeouch – called into the Scotland squad for the first time this week – missing his first game of the season with a slight abdominal strain which resulted in Marvin Bartley being drafted into central midfield.

The Hibs manager was left to watch from the main stand at McDiarmid Park as he began a three-match touchline ban but he’d hardly taken his seat when his side went ahead.

Scott Allan skipped past Saints’ Chris Millar on the left touchline before delivering a cross which allowed Ambrose to tower above Joe Shaugnessy and power a downward header beyond the helpless Alan Mannus in the home goal.

Millar, however, made amends when he fired a long ball which found Kane, clearly onside, stealing in behind the Hibs defence. Marciano had come racing from his area only to find himself caught in no-man’s land and used his arms as the Saints forward tried to take the ball past him.

Referee John Beaton took his time and discussed what should be done with his far-side assistant Paul O’Neill before brandishing the red card despite the Israeli goalkeeper’s protests.

Australian striker Maclaren was immediately sacrificed to allow substitute goalkeeper Bell to make his debut while Hibs faced playing the next 75 minutes a man short.

Despite that disadvantage, the Easter Road side almost claimed a second, the persistence of Florian Kamberi resulting in the ball falling for Allan, who drilled it low across the face of goal and only inches out of the reach of the Swiss striker, who had elected to remain in Scotland rather than head home following the death of his 86-year-old grandfather.

It was imperative that Hibs held on to the ball for as long as possible in possession, a point Lennon’s assistant Garry Parker made on a couple of occasions to Allan, urging the midfielder to curb his natural instinct to play those speculative passes he so often makes.

While Maclaren had had his evening cut short, Hibs persisted with two up front, Martin Boyle pushed through the middle alongside Kamberi with the obvious aim to use his searing pace. And it almost worked but for a lunging desperate challenge from Saints defender Steven Anderson which brought a booking but prevented his opponent getting in on goal.

Although holding the numerical superiority, the Perth outfit hadn’t been too much of a threat but that changed as the clock began to tick down to the half-time whistle, Murray Davidson sending a header over from a Liam Craig corner before Tanser’s cross fell for Shaugnessy 12 yards out. But Bell was equal to the challenge, bringiing off a terrific save before going down at the feet of Kane, who had taken a poor touch from former Hibs skipper Craig’s pass and picking up a knock in the process.

It was a moment of worry for those Hibs fans packed in behind that goal as Bell received treatment before gingerly getting to his feet.

Hibs made it through the four minutes of added-on time before heading up the tunnel no doubt well aware that the going was only likely to become even tougher when they reappeared.

Kane whistled one just wide seconds after the restart as Saints sought to totally change the complexion of the game before Bell beat away a shot from Saints substitute George Williams with Kane making a complete hash of trying to get on the loose ball which gave the goalkeeper time to grab it.

By this point, Kamberi was being asked to fulfil that thankless task of lone striker, outnumbered and with his back to goal more often than not as Boyle retreated back on the right to offer his defence some additional cover.

Hibs were looking to hit on the break and only a cynical challenge by Blair Alston, the Saints midfielder chopping down John McGinn from behind, brought one such moment to a halt, referee John Beaton producing a yellow card when a red could have been equally merited.

It was a rare moment of relief, though, for Hibs at the back as they all too often invited pressure by hasty, careless clearances which went straight to a blue shirt and so allowed Saints to get on the front foot yet again.

Alston had another nibble at McGinn so it came as no surprise when Saints boss Tommy Wright replaced him with former Hibs midfielder David Wotherspoon as it was clear the ex-Falkirk man was walking a tightrope.

Up until their four-goal burst against Dundee at the weekend, St Johnstone had been the Premiership’s lowest scorers and there was plenty of evidence as to why as time and again they worked the ball across Hibs penalty area with no-one able to apply the killer touch.

That was until Denny Johnstone’s flick gave Kane the space to shuffle the ball onto his right foot to claim the equaliser which prevented Hibs leapfrogging Aberdeen and moving into third place in the table.

St Johnstone: Mannus, Gordon (Johnstone 73), Shaughnessy, Anderson, Tanser, Alston (Wotherspoon 68), Millar (C Williams 46), Davidson, Craig, MacLean, Kane. Unused subs: Willock, Clark, Watson, Comrie. Bookings: Anderson (30), Alston (59), Tanser (71). Craig (73), Shaughnessy (89).

Hibs: Marciano, Ambrose, McGregor, Hanlon, Stevenson, Boyle, Bartley, Allan (Whittaker 87), McGinn, Kamberi, MacLaren (Bell 15). Unused subs: Porteous, Stirling, Swanson, Shaw, Rherras. Booked: McGinn (78); Red card: Marciano (13).

Referee: J Beaton

Crowd: 3652

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Dylan McGeouch is a doubt for Scotland’s friendly matches against Costa Rica and Hungary after the Hibernian midfielder picked up an injury in training.

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McGeouch, who was handed his maiden call-up to the national team by Alex McLeish this week after an impressive showing in last week’s Edinburgh derby, missed the Ladbrokes Premiership match against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

Hibs assistant manager Garry Parker told BBC Scotland before kick-off: “Dylan McGeouch has a slight groin strain and had to pull out. Scotland will assess him and we just have to keep our fingers crossed for him.”

McGeouch, who initially joined Hibs on loan in 2014, suffered three injury-blighted seasons while the Easter Road side were in the Scottish Championship.

The 25-year-old revealed earlier this season how a meeting with a specialist in London, recommended to him by Scotland and West Ham United midfielder Robert Snodgrass, had helped him overcome his niggling injuries.

The former Celtic midfielder has already played more games this season - 35 - than he managed in any of the previous three campaigns.

McGeouch spoke earlier this week about how a consistent run of fitness had allowed him to find his best form, and force his way into McLeish’s plans for the friendly double-header.

READ MORE - Six new faces in Scotland squad to face Costa Rica and Hungary

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Victory for Hibs in Perth tonight would take the Easter Road side into third, even if just overnight until Aberdeen take on Dundee tomorrow.

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Hibs go into the game unbeaten in five, with four wins and one draw. Strikeforce Jamie Maclaren and Flo Kamberi will be looking to make a mark on the game; Maclaren seeking to force Australia boss Bert van Marwijk into a rethink after he axed the on-loan Darmstadt striker from the national squad to play two friendly matches while Kamberi has vowed to honour his recently deceased grandfather Nrec by getting on the scoresheet this evening.

Neil Lennon, who will watch this game from the stand after being hit with a three-match ban for his outburst during the 2-2 draw with Kilmarnock, is without long-term absentees Ross Laidlaw and David Gray, while Vykintas Slivka (calf) and Brandon Barker (hamstring) are also missing.

READ MORE - Flo Kamberi keen to honour late grandfather

Aside from the injured quartet, Hibs have a full squad to choose from, and will likely stick with the same starting line-up that faced Hearts.

St Johnstone are without the suspended Jason Kerr, so Aaron Comrie will likely start in the right back berth. Stefan Scougall is still out injured but Tommy Wright has a full squad to choose from otherwise.

Steven MacLean is likely to partner Chris Kane in attack; the latter scored twice and will be looking to get on the scoresheet again against Hibs, while Kyle McClean could make an appearance off the bench again.

Four Hibs players that started in the 2-1 loss to the Saints in mid-November - David Gray, Brandon Barker, Simon Murray and Anthony Stokes - won’t feature, either due to injury or having moved on from the club, while Marvin Bartley, who also started that game, will likely be among the subs.

READ MORE - Dylan McGeouch: I owe Neil Lennon for Scotland call

Last five meetings: Hibs 1-2 St Johnstone; St Johnstone 1-1 Hibs; Hibs 2-1 St Johnstone; St Johnstone 2-0 Hibs; Hibs 0-0 St Johnstone.

Likely St Johnstone team (4-4-2): Mannus; Comrie, Shaughnessy, Anderson, Tanser; Alston, Millar, Davidson, Craig; MacLean, Kane. Subs from: Clark, Gordon, Williams, Wotherspoon, McClean, Willock, McCann, Johnstone.

Likely Hibs team (4-1-2-1-2): Marciano; Ambrose, McGregor, Hanlon, Stevenson; McGeouch, Boyle, McGinn, S Allan; Kamberi, Maclaren. Subs from: Bell, Whittaker, Porteous, Rherras, Bartley, Swanson, Shaw.

Referee: John Beaton

Kick-off: 7.45pm

Odds: St Johnstone 17/5 Draw 9/4 Hibs 51/50 (Odds correct at the time of writing)

For more statistics, visit our dedicated Hibs page

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Hibs striker Florian Kamberi will put his grief to one side and play in the Premiership game against St Johnstone tonight as it would have been his late grandfather’s wish.

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The 23-year-old, who has scored three times in five starts since joining the Easter Road side on loan from Grasshoppers Zurich, had considered missing the game and heading to Kosovo to be at the funeral for Nrec, who died at the age of 86.

However, Kamberi has opted to stay in Scotland and look to honour his grandfather by scoring at McDiarmid Park. The Swiss player said: “I had looked into returning home. However, after talking it over it was agreed that my grandfather would have wanted me to stay and play football.

“I will go out and do that for Hibs and look to score as that would be the perfect way to pay my respects.”

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Dylan McGeouch has revealed how Neil Lennon’s powers of persuasion helped pave the way for his Scotland call-up.

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As a youth player, McGeouch quit Celtic after his older brother, who also played for the Hoops, fell out of favour at Parkhead before crossing Glasgow’s great divide and joining Rangers.

But, such was the belief Lennon had in the young midfielder’s ability that he turned up on his doorstep to ask him back to Celtic, McGeouch agreeing to do so despite Rangers boss Walter Smith wanting him to stay at Ibrox, a decision that resulted in the Govan club receiving £100,000 through a transfer tribunal.

Long since reunited at Easter Road, McGeouch believes he’s finally realising the potential Lennon saw in him all those years ago, the 25-year-old having shaken off the injuries which have plagued him in recent seasons.

Although widely touted over the weekend as a possible candidate for new Scotland boss Alex McLeish’s first squad, McGeouch admitted he was caught by surprise, the news broken to him in a text from a relative.

McGeouch did know, however, that McLeish had been at last Friday’s Edinburgh derby, the former Hibs manager revealing that the midfielder’s man-of-the-match display in the 2-0 victory over Hearts had clinched his inclusion in the pool of players who will face Costa Rica and Hungary.

He said: “I knew the squad was being announced and I had an idea Alex would be at the game – it was a big match between the biggest teams in Edinburgh so I thought he would be. I’m glad I played well and he came out and said that sealed it on the day.

“A lot of people had put my name forward, but it was up to me to go out and show what I can do. Thankfully, he was there and liked what he saw.

“You have to believe in yourself, but there’s always that wee doubt so you have to concentrate on Hibs. My greatest thought was that I’d love to be in it but, if not, recognise that people were talking about me for the Scotland squad and take pride in that given 12 months ago I was nowhere near it.

“I had that in my head, but when I got the news I was ecstatic. My family are over the moon.

“People have asked me if I had an insight but I never knew anything at all. My cousin is daft on Twitter and he sent me a message saying: ‘Well done’.

“Then [John] McGinn sent me a text to say we were both in and I got the email [from the SFA] later on. It was a surreal moment, but also an excellent feeling. I was delighted.”

McGeouch put his call-up down to the fact that, finally, he is enjoying a consistent run of games; visits to a specialist in London recommended by Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass, a good friend, having resulted in him playing 35 matches for Hibs so far this season.

He said “Growing up as a young kid you dream of playing for your country but with the stop-start seasons I have had here I’ve never really put myself in that bracket, especially with the midfield Scotland has.

“But now I have had a consistent run of games and the team is doing really well. I think we are starting to see the rewards of the hard work that myself, the team and the backroom staff here have all put in.

“I’ve got a good relationship with them and it’s about maintaining things through the 
season when I’m feeling tight or whatever, getting worked on. It’s just about getting a run of games.

“After seven or eight in a row, you start to feel stronger and fitter. Now I’m at more than 30 and feeling good.”

McGeouch also recognised the influence Lennon has had, not only on his career but in driving Hibs into fourth place in the Ladbrokes Premiership in their first season back in the top flight.

“He’s been huge for me, he has kept on top of me,” revealed McGeouch. “When we’ve had poor results, he’s told us and he gets a good reaction from the squad. He is always there to make sure we are not complacent. He has been at the top level as a player and a coach, the last 16 of the Champions League and beating Barcelona.

“He knows what it is all about and how to get the best out of his team. He always wants his side to be hard to beat and play good football, you can see his teams fight for him – you can see that with Hibs.

“If teams want a battle, we can match them. If they want to play, we can do that too.

“He and Garry Parker saw me a lot when I was a youth player and wanted me back at Celtic when I was a kid. He saw something in me as a boy. It’s great to finally get the rewards by being part of the national side.

“I’m sure the gaffer will take a lot of pleasure in that since he was the one that saw me as a young boy.”

The matches against Costa Rica and Hungary signal the start of Scotland’s preparations for the European Championships of 2020, McGeouch admitting he’s too young to remember our last tilt at a major tournament, the World Cup in France in 1998.

Insisting being part of a Scotland squad which finally did so would be “massive”, McGeouch said: “It would be a huge honour to play for my country and hopefully I will get that opportunity but even just to get recognition by being named in the squad is great.

“Having grown up a Scotland fan it’s great to get that call-up. As a youngster me and my dad would get the Scotland flags out, we’d be there singing the national anthem. And when I was old enough I’d go with my mates so I’ve always been right into it.

“As a Scotland fan, it’s just important we get there, and then, if I am part of it, great. I think everyone is rooting for us to get to a major tournament again. We know what it means to the fans and how big it would be.

“We all want the same thing, and I would be honoured to be part of it.

“I was too young to remember France ’98, I was only five at the time. But I spoke to Danny Swanson who said he can remember watching it. People still talk about the game against Brazil, the penalty, the result and everything that happened.

“I remember watching the France games, the play-offs, the heartache against Italy in the last minute. They’re obviously not good memories but they’re the ones that stick in your head.

“Then there’s the McFadden goal in Paris, I’ll always remember that. Hopefully in this campaign we can get to that major tournament and make our own memories.”

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Hibs boss Neil Lennon was today hit with a five-match touchline ban after being sent off following his furious reaction to a penalty being awarded against his Easter Road side.

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Lennon was sent to the stand during Hibs’ Premiership match against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on February 24 by referee Kevin Clancy, who’d given a spot-kick for handball by defender Ryan Porteous.

Before leaving the pitch, Lennon sarcastically clapped in the face of Clancy before accusing the official of having made it “personal” given he’d criticised him for not giving Hibs a penalty as they lost to Rangers in the Capital a couple of months earlier.

Lennon’s actions brought two SFA charges, of misconduct and criticising a match official’s decisions in a way as to indicate bias or incompetence, or remarks which would impinge on his character.

After being hauled before the beaks at Hampden today, Lennon was handed an immediate three-match ban on the first charge with a further two game suspension should he again breach the same rule this year.

He was censured on the second charge but, as a result, Lennon won’t be in the away dug-out when Hibs travel to play St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Friday night and will also have to sit in the stand for his side’s next two games, at home to Partick Thistle on March 31 and the visit of Hamilton three days later.

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Hibs boss Neil Lennon has revealed he’s hoping to lure goalkeeper Scott Bain back to Easter Road this summer - but admits he’ll face opposition from other clubs.

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Bain signed for the Capital club from Dundee on loan until the end of the season but switched to Celtic on transfer deadline day in a three-way deal which saw Scott Allan return to Hibs and striker Simon Murray head for Dens Park.

Lennon, however, told the 26-year-old, who never played a game for Hibs, that he’d happily have him back once his shot-term deal with Celtic comes to an end.

But Lennon acknowledged he’ll have a fight on his hands, with Bain having starred in Celtic’s Old Firm win at the weekend and Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers believed to be interested in keeping him.

Hearts have also been credited with an interest in the former Alloa number one.

Lennon said: “There is an interest and we made sure Scotty realised that before he left us. Even in the short time he was here we were very impressed.”

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Lifelong Hibs fan Danny Swanson would be the first to admit this season has been anything other than memorable as far as he is concerned.

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As Neil Lennon’s players have returned to take the Ladbrokes Premiership by storm, Swanson has become a somewhat peripheral figure, a place in the starting line-up a rarity as he’s been restricted in the main to cameo appearances towards the end of matches.

Nothing, however, could wipe the smile from his face as he stepped from the bench yet again as the clock ran down on the latest Edinburgh derby. The match was already won, goals from Scott Allan and Jamie Maclaren having clinched the victory which would put Hibs 12 points clear of their Capital rivals, but it mattered little to Swanson.

At last, the dream he’d nurtured since boyhood had become a reality although, he revealed, it needed a little bit of persuasion on his part to make it come true.

“I think the gaffer was going to put Ryan Porteous on,” he said, “But I caught his eye and gave him the look to say ‘put me on.’

“It was great he did, my first Edinburgh derby and I enjoyed it obviously, a win and at Easter Road. It didn’t matter to me that it was only the last couple of minutes, as you saw at the end I was just delighted.

“It was something I’ve always wanted to do. I got one touch of the ball so I can honestly say I played my part. Next up is to score against them with the Hibs strip on.”

For everyone in green and white it’s been a week of basking in that win over Hearts but, as far as Lennon and his players are concerned, the focus quickly shifted to tomorrow night’s clash with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park, the target being to claim another three points and keep the pressure on third-placed Aberdeen.

The Perth ground is one Swanson obviously knows well having spent two spells with the Saints and only a few weeks ago it looked certain he’d be returning for a third time with Saints manager Tommy Wright keen to take him on loan to the end of the season.

Lennon appeared quite happy for that to happen, Swanson conceding that the “silly incident” during Hibs’ winter break in Portugal in which he, Anthony Stokes and Martin Boyle were all disciplined for breaking a curfew, probably helped sway his mind.

Swanson, though, had other thoughts, the 31-year-old saying: “I know it’s been a stop-start season for me on and off the pitch, personally it could have been better and there are reasons for that,

“But I had no intention of going back, to be honest, not in a disrespectful way but I had worked hard all my career to play here and I wasn’t going to throw that away to go back to where I’d come from.

“The gaffer spoke to me and I basically said ‘no.’ I did speak to Tommy, Hibs did give him permission to speak to me but I felt I owed Hibs for that silly incident. I’m happy here, it’s a great club to be at, I love coming into training every day, my family are settled and I am enjoying it.

“I’ve trained hard since then and been patient whereas a few years ago I might have been punching doors and taking it out on other people. Now I concentrate on the team. If we are doing well then I am happy. I feel I can play here, it’s just getting that chance and getting into the team.”

Swanson accepted that had he returned to McDiarmid Park some might have suggested he’d been a failure at Easter Road, a view he simply doesn’t share.

He said: “If I had gone maybe people would have said that, but I wouldn’t have seen it that way. I have played for Hibs, scored for Hibs, that’s been a life-long dream. I don’t care what anyone says, all I care about is my family. I don’t get involved in anyone else’s life, if they wanted to say I’d failed, fine. I just wanted to stay and fight for my place, I’m not going to chuck it. I am training hard and hopefully the gaffer notices.”

The arrival of playmaker Scott Allan hasn’t made Swanson’s bid to pin down a regular starting place any easier but, again, that’s a fight he’s happy to have.

He said: “Scott’s been doing well, but you are always going to have competition. All I can do is try, that’s what I do every day, do my best, try to improve and get better. I’ve not had the rub of the green this year, but that’s football. You have to take the rough with the smooth.

“I am a Hibs player and a fan and as long as Hibs are doing well that’s the main thing. I’ve learned to be a team player and accept if you are not playing then you are around the boys and helping them. It’s been hard, but those two minutes the other night made up for a lot.”

Lennon’s players have enjoyed a remarkable run of results in the league since the turn of the year with victories over Rangers, Aberdeen and now Hearts keeping them on course for a place in the Europa League, an experience Swanson enjoyed while with Dundee United.

He recalled: “We played against AEK Athens and it was a brilliant experience. I’d been at Easter Road the night Hibs beat AEK all those years ago, it was one of the best games I’d ever seen.

“It’s something I’d love to do with Hibs and that’s obviously our aim. A bonus last weekend was Aberdeen dropping another point so we’re that bit closer to them. As the gaffer has said, we are looking up. When I came here and saw the squad being assembled by the gaffer I felt we should be pushing for third.

“Aberdeen have the semi-final of the Scottish Cup to contend with as well now which might have a say in things but we’ll continue looking just to do our job.”

Hibs have four games before the ‘split’, all of them against teams in the bottom half of the Premiership, starting with tomorrow’s match at McDiarmid Park.

After thumping Dundee 4-0 at the weekend, St Johnstone, currently eighth, still have a mathematical chance of yet again claiming a top-six finish and, although Swanson admits he’d love to see them do so he knows that, realistically, that would mean them beating Hibs. He said: “Saints have been struggling of late, but last week was a good result. They’ve been punching above their weight for years now. They are always difficult; they set up well so we will have to work out a way to beat them.

“Every year people say they’ll struggle the next season because they don’t have the finance or resources and that has maybe caught up with them a bit while they’ve lost some players and those still there are that year older. It’s sad to see because they are a great club, I still look out for their results and hope they do well. I saw Tommy say top six is probably away from them. I’d like to see them do that but we need the three points if we are to achieve our own goal.”

• Hibs had their lead at the top of the SPFL Development League trimmed to three points after they were beaten 3-1 by Hamilton at the SuperSeal Stadium. Fraser Murray was on the scoresheeet for the young Hibees, who were without key men Oli Shaw and Ryan Porteous.

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Hibs head coach Neil Lennon admits life in football’s goldfish bowl leaves him and other leading figures ‘paranoid’.

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Lennon was speaking after footballer turned pundit Jamie Carragher was suspended by Sky Sports after being filmed catching a 14-year-old girl in the face as he spat at a car being driven by her father during an altercation following Liverpool’s weekend defeat by Manchester United.

Lennon insists he doesn’t condone Carragher’s behaviour but he believes the former Anfield defender should be given a second chance.

Describing Carragher’s action as “one moment of madness”, the Hibs boss believes it was the sort of incident which could happen to anyone who is forced to live their life in the goldfish bowl of celebrity, he himself having found himself in difficult situations while going about his daily business.

Revealing that “you become paranoid of everyone”, Lennon said: “First of all, I think it was totally out of character. I am not condoning what he did, but I think everyone deserves a second chance. It’s a split-second, really bad decision he has made. At the end of the day, it’s wrong. He has been totally contrite but it’s difficult to draw a line under it.

“He is going to have to live with that for a little while. But I don’t believe it should cost him his job or his career. It was one moment of madness. It’s difficult to comprehend what was going through his mind, actually doing what he did. It didn’t look good. I do have a tad of sympathy for him but I do hope he can resurrect things for himself and put things right. We have all done things we regret.”

Pointing out that the full story of what led to Carragher acting as he did may yet have to emerge, Lennon claimed there were plenty of examples of those thrust into the limelight finding themselves pushed to the limit by the behaviour of others.

“Everybody says you are role models – I get that,” he said: “But they are human beings as well and they are surely allowed a bit of private time. This is obviously a different thing we are talking about but a lot of people are fair game and it’s not right.

“Look at what happened to Eddie Jones [the English rugby coach] the other week. That’s happened to me many, many times. And not just me. I have talked to Graeme Souness about it. He went through the same thing when he was managing up here. I am sure managers elsewhere go through the same sort of thing. You become paranoid. You have to watch every thing that you do and that’s totally unfair, particularly with high-profile sports personalities.

“If you’re a rock star or an actor you can get away with anything you like basically, there is a bit of an imbalance I think.

“I’ve been out many times with my friends or family and people were taking photographs of you without your consent while you are maybe sitting having a meal or a glass of wine or a beer. That can be rather annoying as well. Next thing you know you are seen in a restaurant with people online or on Facebook, wherever.

“I think it is an intrusion on your private life. You can stop for 100 photographs but the one person you say no to, that’s the one everyone hears about. I don’t know the answer to it. But you can’t react the way he [Carragher] did. I can’t condone that. I can understand up to a point what he was maybe having to put up with, but certainly the reaction I don’t recognise from him.”

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Dylan McGeouch has revealed that talks with Hibs over a new contract are “still ongoing”, with the midfielder’s future beyond the summer remaining uncertain.

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McGeouch, who played a starring role in the Easter Road side’s 2-0 win over Hearts on Friday night, was handed his first Scotland call-up by Alex McLeish, who had taken in the derby prior to naming his squad for the friendly matches against Costa Rica and Hungary.

The midfielder, who has already played more games this season than during any of his first three campaigns as a Hibs player, insists he’s “enjoying playing and just concentrating on game to game”.

He added: “I’m enjoying my time [at Hibs], I’ve had a lot of highs and it’s been a great season. But obviously I need to get the best deal I can for myself at this time in my career.

“I’m still at a young age, I don’t really want to chase the money. My time here has been great and I have had an excellent relationship with the fans and the club. I wouldn’t just take the first offer that came.”

The former Celtic player is now planning on making the most of his Scotland chance. Aware that the national team manager was taking in the derby showdown, McGeouch admitted there was added pressure on him during the match.

“I was aware [McLeish] was at the game. Obviously you’ve got that pressure as well and it’s an Edinburgh derby so it all comes into play.

“But it was a good game and a good result and I’m just thankful I made the squad. It’s a massive achievement for me and my family, we are delighted.

“I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully I can go and express myself and do well. It’s my first call-up but I hope there’s many more.”

After three injury-blighted seasons with Hibs, all in the Scottish Championship, McGeouch said his main aim at the start of the current campaign was simply to put a run of games together.

“I have had wee spells here and there but obviously not been consistent enough with game time. Now I have got rid of the niggling injuries and put a good run together, I have probably seen the best of myself,” McGeouch said.

“There were no major injuries, it was just muscle soreness and pulling hamstrings, groins, calfs. It is probably harder to take getting back and pulling out again, it was a frustration for the manager and myself and a difficult time.”

A tip from Robert Snodgrass led to McGeouch visiting a specialist in London in a bid to overcome his niggling injuries.

“I have been to see him a few times. I have a great relationship with him and he works with the physios here on the phone,” McGeouch explained.

“A lot of work has been put in behind the scenes with the medical staff so big thanks to them for keeping me on the pitch and the strengthening programmes.

“The hard work is paying off and it’s been great to get the rewards.”

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Jamie Maclaren’s hopes of playing in this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia have suffered a blow after the Hibs striker was axed from the Australian squad for two warm-up matches at the end of this month.

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The 24-year-old had been named in new coach Bert van Marwijk’s original 29-man squad for the games against Norway and Colombia, but even his goal which clinched a derby win over Hearts wasn’t enough for him to retain his place as the pool was trimmed to 26 players.

Instead of Maclaren, capped five times for the Socceroos, van Marwijk has gone for veteran hitman Tim Cahill, despite the former Everton man’s limited minutes of action since joining Millwall, and the uncapped Andrew Nabbout who moved to Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds only nine days ago.

Maclaren was one of three players who didn’t make van Marwijk’s final squad, with goalkeeper Mitch Langerak and young left back Alex Gersbach also missing out.

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St Johnstone midfielder Liam Craig admits his side face a formidable test as they bid to maintain their unbeaten record against on-form Hibs this season.

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The Perth outfit have taken four points from their two meetings with their Easter Road counterparts and are one of only three Premiership sides who haven’t been defeated by Neil Lennon’s team this term – Celtic and Hamilton Accies are the others.

Craig, a former Hibs captain, knows Saints will have to be at their best if they are to take anything from Friday’s McDiarmid Park encounter with a side who have defeated Rangers, Aberdeen and Hearts, and drawn away to on-form Kilmarnock, in their last four matches. The 31-year-old is braced for the likelihood that his old club, renowned for their strong midfield unit, will have the lion’s share of possession.

“It’s going to be very difficult for us on Friday,” Craig told the Evening News. “In our previous games against Hibs this season, we’ve been on the back foot at times but we’ve stayed in the game and taken our chances when they’ve come along, and that’s what we’ll be looking to do on Friday. We can either get in their faces or we can keep them in front of us and try and stop them breaking our lines.

“In the 1-1 game at our place (in September), Hibs had a lot of the ball but we went a goal up. They equalised but they would have been disappointed not to win the game in the end. At Easter Road (a 2-1 win for Saints in November) we were arguably the better side in the second half. We know there will be times on Friday when Hibs have the ball, so it’s up to us dictate where they go with it, and then make sure we impose ourselves when we do get it and try and take our chances when they come along.”

Craig believes Hibs, currently fourth in the Premiership, are genuine contenders to finish second this season. “When you see where they are in the league and what they’ve done against Rangers and Aberdeen this season and even against Celtic, they’re definitely pushing for second place,” he said. “They’re only seven points behind with a game in hand and they’ve still got to play Rangers as well, so I’m sure that’s what they’ll be setting their sights on. They’re also only a couple of points behind Aberdeen, so they’ll be right up for it on Friday.”

Although Hibs will be favourites, Saints, who are six points outside the Premiership’s top six after enduring a difficult season, go into the match on the back of a morale-boosting 4-0 win away to Dundee. “It was a huge win for us,” said Craig. “It was very convincing so we’ve got to take a lot of confidence from it. We kept a clean sheet and scored four – and we could have had a few more. There’s still an opportunity for us to get into the top six. It’s obviously going to be very difficult because we’ll probably have to win all four games but we’ll take each game as it comes and hopefully start with a win against Hibs on Friday.

“It’s been a tough season but we’ve lost a few big players – we lost Danny (Swanson) in the summer, we lost Michael (O’Halloran) in January. It’s been frustrating in terms of results and performances but we’re still fighting for a top-six place. Every season, people say ‘St Johnstone can’t do it again’ but in every season we’ve proved people wrong. With the slide we’ve been on, some people were probably even tipping us to go down – and some maybe still are – but it’s up to us to keep proving people wrong. Certainly a result like the one we got on Saturday puts us back in the right direction, so hopefully we can build on it.”

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Liam Craig believes Hibs will benefit from Scott Allan’s determination to follow midfield colleagues Dylan McGeouch and John McGinn into the Scotland squad.

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Craig will encounter the much-vaunted Easter Road trio when St Johnstone welcome his old team to Perth on Friday evening. However, the 31-year-old already knows all about Allan and McGeouch in particular after playing alongside them during Hibs’ first season in the Championship under Alan Stubbs three years ago. While he is thrilled for McGeouch, whom he feels fully warranted being given his first Scotland call-up for the upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary, Craig believes Allan, whom he described as one the best players he has played with, is also destined for international involvement if he can maintain the level of form he has shown since returning to Easter Road on loan from Celtic in January. After a couple of high-quality performances against Rangers and Aberdeen, the 26-year-old further endeared himself to the Hibs fans with a brilliantly-executed opening goal in last Friday’s 2-0 victory over Hearts.

“Scotty is one of the most talented players I’ve ever worked with,” Craig said, with a nod to the 2014/15 campaign when Allan was the standout player in a Championship which also included Hearts and Rangers. “The Hibs fans were disappointed to lose him (to Celtic in 2015) but he’s come back in and shown what a good footballer he is. If you score a goal like the one he got in the derby and produce performances like he has, you’re going to win the fans back.

“Scotty will see John and Dylan in the Scotland set-up and he’ll want to be part of that – I’m sure that’s what he’ll be striving for. For Scotty, it’s just about getting regular game time at a good club. He had been down south and it didn’t really work out for him but he came up to Hibs and Alan Stubbs was really good at making players feel good and getting the best out of them by letting them play with freedom, and he certainly did that with Scotty. The amount of assists Scotty had that season was incredible. I loved playing with him. There’s nothing better than having players in your team who you can give the ball and know they can go and make something happen, and Scotty is definitely one of those players.”

Ironically, McGeouch, who was given his first call-up by new Scotland manager Alex McLeish on Monday, was overshadowed by Allan in the aforementioned 2014/15 campaign, although this was largely down to the fact injuries prevented him gaining any momentum. Fitness remained an issue for McGeouch in subsequent campaigns, but this term he has generally managed to steer clear of niggles and is now operating at a level whereby he is widely deemed Hibs’ main man. Craig isn’t surprised to see the former Celtic youngster cast as one of the top players in the country now that his body is allowing him to play at full pelt.

“Going back to when he first joined Hibs (on loan from Celtic in 2014), probably the only thing holding him back was the niggling injuries he was getting,” said the Saints midfielder and former Hibs captain. “From working with him on a day-to-day basis, you could see he was a top, top player. He was a great team-mate and a great person to have in the dressing-room. Now that he seems to have got all the injuries behind him, everybody’s seeing now what a top player he is and why he broke through at Celtic and got opportunities in the first team. You don’t play in Celtic’s first team at 18 if you’re not a good footballer.

“He would probably say himself that it’s just the injuries that have held him back. He’s always had the ability and the potential – it was just a case of him getting a run of games. Any player who worked under Alan Stubbs will tell you how much they enjoyed it and how much he improved their game just because of the freedom he gave us. Since then, getting regular game time under Neil Lennon and playing alongside good players like John and Scotty will also have helped him kick on.

“You could see on Friday and also in so many other games how good he is. He controls the game from the middle of the park. To a lot of people it possibly goes unnoticed because he doesn’t score a lot of goals, but he plays the game at his own pace. He’s very comfortable on the ball and very rarely gives it away. People might think that’s easy, but, trust me, it’s not. Dylan is a massive part of what Hibs have done this season. The likes of Scott, John and Martin Boyle get a lot of credit for assists and goals but Dylan is often the one that gets them on the ball with his work behind them.”

Craig believes McGeouch, a Scottish Cup winner with Hibs, has the credentials to ensure this week’s Scotland call is the first of many for him. “Dylan’s deserved all the success he’s had at Hibs, and he deserves his call-up as well,” he said. “I can see him becoming an asset to Scotland - I hope he goes in there and does really well. It’s up to Dylan whether he establishes himself in the squad, but he’s certainly capable of it. He’s got himself in the squad and given himself an opportunity, so why not? He’ll be looking at John McGinn, who’s been in the squad for a while and played a few games, and he’ll be wanting to do the same and go and prove he can play at that level.”

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Marvin Bartley admits he couldn’t have chosen a better night to clock up his 100th appearance for Hibs than beating Capital rivals Hearts.

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But, revealed the midfield powerhouse, his Easter Road career was almost over before it began as he considered quitting after only his second game.

Although he’d only just signed a two-year contract, Bartley was ready to walk away after the “shock” of playing at Dumbarton and the thought of having to go through a similar experience every other Saturday.

“The boys tried to prepare me for it,” he recalled, “But you have to experience it for yourself, the unusual surroundings at a stadium with just the one stand, a pitch which isn’t exactly even, the grass long and the ball going out of the ground every ten minutes.

“I’d come up through non-league football in England and the grounds at that level are far better – so it was a real shock.

“It was my second game and almost my last. My first had been against Montrose at Easter Road and it was brilliant, a massive ground, a great pitch and the training ground was fantasti c... and then to go to Dumbarton.

“It was a bit of a wake-up call. I was a bit naive thinking all away grounds were going to be like that and I remember going back down south to my home and my partner Sasha asking me how the game was and I said ‘you wouldn’t believe me if I told you’.

“Alan Stubbs didn’t tell me about it and I don’t blame him for not telling me. I was thinking I couldn’t do it, everything about Hibs is top-notch and I was thinking every away game would be the same.

“Sasha is the positive one, she told me I wasn’t a quitter, that I’d signed a two-year contract and that it would be fine, while I was thinking of asking Alan if we could have a parting of the ways based on that experience.

“I can look back now and laugh at it because I’ve played in some brilliant stadiums and in huge games. And, despite that first impression, I have huge respect for Dumbarton and everyone at the club.

“They obviously live within their means, they are part-time but they always gave us a tough game and you have to respect the way they fight to stay in the second tier season after season.”

By the end of that first season, Bartley could count himself as a Hibs legend, part of the squad which ended the Easter Road outfit’s increasingly agonising wait of 114 years to lift the Scottish Cup.

Bartley said: “I’ve enjoyed my time here immensely. It came at a time in my career where I’d been at Leyton Orient, they’d thrown a lot of money at it but it had become a bit of a circus.

“As a player when that happens you lose your hunger, the excitement of getting up in the morning as a professional football player, something a lot of people would give their right arm to do.

“I needed something fresh, something that would excite me and this move has been fantastic.”

However, Bartley admitted he needed a little persuasion as Hibs’ head of player identification and recruitment Graeme Mathie chased his signature.

The 31-year-old said: “It was something I had to think about. I’m from the south of England and while I’d played for Burnley it was cold enough there and Edinburgh is a further four hours in the car.

“I’m a warm weather boy who goes on holiday to Jamaica whenever I can. But everyone knows who Hibs are. I came up with my brother, saw the stadium, the training facilities and after that the money didn’t really come into it, I was sold on the move.”

Bartley quickly realised there was something else Stubbs had neglected to mention, Hibs’ Scottish Cup hoodoo. He recalled: “That was the one thing I noticed when I moved here – it was all about the 
Scottish Cup.

“Hibs fans would introduce themselves when I was shopping, walking the dog, whatever, and it was always: when are we going to win it?

“I didn’t know how long it had been so I did a bit of research and got a bit of a surprise. Alan didn’t tell me and I understand why.

“We were all bitterly disappointed to lose out in the promotion play-offs at the end of that season but to win the Scottish Cup was fantastic. I’d ask Hibs fans what they wanted, the cup or promotion and 100 per cent the answer was the cup and promotion the next year. We’ve done that.”

Friday night’s victory over Hearts not only took Hibs 12 points clear of their city neighbours with a game in hand but closed the gap on third-placed Aberdeen to just two points in the Ladbrokes Premiership with hopes high that they can enjoy another tilt at European football next season.

Bartley said: “Winning the cup got us into Europe; it may have been short-lived but it was a great experience, definitely something I’d never have experienced had I stayed in England and, to be honest, something I didn’t think I’d get here. Hopefully, we can achieve it again at the end of this season.”

Promotion was achieved under new boss Neil Lennon, Stubbs having surprised everyone by quitting for what proved to be an ill-fated spell in charge of Rotherham but, insisted Bartley, the change in manager has proved to be seamless. He said: “Alan did extremely well but then the chance came which he thought was right for him to go to Rotherham. It was a bit of a surprise to us all but the group chat was a bit fiery, everyone wondering who we were going to get as our next gaffer.

“Again, I think everyone was surprised to discover it was Neil Lennon, I don’t think anyone expected him to take the job. But it’s been seamless and none of us are surprised to find ourselves sitting in fourth place in the Premiership in our first season back.

“We have a good bunch of lads, not only in terms of a football team but off the pitch as well. Some people may take this as arrogance, and I don’t mean for it to sound that way, but no matter who we are playing I can say, hand on heart, we’ve never sat in that dressing-room after training on a Friday and said ‘we might struggle tomorrow or be beaten’.

“I’ve had that at previous clubs, but not here. We have always gone out believing we can get the three points no matter who it is against. You can be beaten, that’s life, but we never think we will be.”

If Hibs fans have taken Bartley as one of their own, he has found himself to be “Public Enemy No 1” as far as those from the other side of the city are concerned, a fact which, he insists, makes victories like Friday night’s all the sweeter.

He said: “I think they have taken a personal dislike to me, but that’s all right.

“You must be doing something right if people are going to shout at you and try to get under your skin. I just laugh it off.

“I couldn’t have picked a better game for my 100th. It was extremely enjoyable.”

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Alex McLeish has revealed Dylan McGeouch’s derby day performance as Hibs defeated Hearts 2-0 last Friday clinched the midfielder’s call-up to the Scotland squad.

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McLeish, in his second spell in charge of the national side, had delayed naming the players who will face Costa Rica at Hampden a week on Friday and Hungary in Budapest four days later to allow him to spend the weekend looking at possible candidates before making his final decisions.

As such, the former Hibs boss was back at Easter Road on Friday night to see both McGeouch and team-mate John McGinn in action along with Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, all three selected for a squad which includes six new faces. And McLeish admitted he was impressed by what he’d seen of 24-year-old McGeouch, who is enjoying the best season of his career. McLeish said: “First impressions are often the lasting ones, if you use the old cliché. I thought he had a really good game. You like what you see.

“In the past, in club football, when scouts have recommended a player to me I’ve always had reservations because I like to see them with my own eyes. Sure enough, sometimes I’ve signed a player and you’ve sanctioned the chief scout to do it, on the training ground you think ‘Oh, I don’t know if I would have chosen him’.

“I do like to witness a player with my own eyes and I’ve seen a lot of football over the last couple of weeks, as I have in the last couple of years watching games in England. Working abroad as well, I’ve watched a lot of football.”

In all, McLeish’s squad contains nine uncapped players: McGeouch, McLaughlin, Manchester United’s Scott McTominay, Wolves left-back Barry Douglas, Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna, striker Oli McBurnie, who has scored five goals in seven matches since joining Barnsley on loan from Swansea, Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer, Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald and Rangers winger Jamie Murphy.

McLeish has challenged them all to force their way into his plans as he bids to take Scotland to the European Championship finals in 2020, with preparations for the qualifying campaign and UEFA Nations League matches continuing with two more friendlies against Peru and Mexico at the end of the season.

“It is a fresh start,” said McLeish, who was unable to select a number of experienced players through injury, including Christophe Berra, Craig Gordon, James Morrison, Barry Bannan and Steven Fletcher, while others have failed to make the pool, including Robert Snodgrass and Darren Fletcher.

“There’s a couple of the experienced players not in the squad but I know what they can do. I want to have a look at some other players.

“It’s a couple of friendly games – it doesn’t mean we will play friendly, but I certainly want to look at players who have been doing well for their clubs.

“We want them to play the way they have been playing for their clubs and try and challenge themselves to become even better.

“The next step is the guys prove it. They have to now show they can live with other international teams, improve their game and see if they can raise the bar to the highest level they can possibly go.”

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Hibs midfielder Dylan McGeouch has been called into the Scotland squad for the first time.

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The 25-year-old joins Easter Road team-mate John McGinn in the 27-man group named by manager Alex McLeish today for the upcoming friendlies at home to Costa Rica and away in Hungary.

Uncapped Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin is also included, but there is no place for Jambos captain Christophe Berra due to an ankle injury. Tynecastle defender John Souttar had been tipped for a call-up, but he has not been selected.

Hibs centre-half Paul Hanlon also misses out despite being the squad for the national team’s last match against the Netherlands.

Scotland face Costa Rica at Hampden on Friday, March 23 before travelling to Budapest to play Hungary on Tuesday, March 27.

Scotland squad: Jordan Archer (Millwall), Allan McGregor (Hull City), Jon McLaughlin (Hearts), Barry Douglas (Wolves), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Russell Martin (Rangers), Scott McKenna (Aberdeen), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Callum Paterson (Cardiff City), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Kieran Tierney (Celtic), Stuart Armstrong (Celtic), Tom Cairney (Fulham), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Aberdeen), Kevin McDonald (Fulham), Dylan McGeouch (Hibs), John McGinn (Hibs), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Aberdeen), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Jamie Murphy (Rangers), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United), Ryan Christie (Aberdeen), Jason Cummings (Rangers), Oliver McBurnie (Barnsley), Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion)

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "MARK ATKINSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4704075.1520854869!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4704075.1520854869!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Hibs midfielder Dylan McGeouch, left, has been picked for the Scotland squad. Pic: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hibs midfielder Dylan McGeouch, left, has been picked for the Scotland squad. Pic: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4704075.1520854869!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4704081.1520854874!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4704081.1520854874!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin is also in the squad. Pic: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin is also in the squad. Pic: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4704081.1520854874!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-stars-eager-to-step-in-if-new-scotland-boss-calls-1-4703844","id":"1.4703844","articleHeadline": "Hibs stars eager to step in if new Scotland boss calls","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1520836257000 ,"articleLead": "

John McGinn believes Alex McLeish will have no trouble finding players willing to sacrifice a chunk of their summer holidays for the chance to be part of Scotland’s controversial end of season tour to Peru and Mexico.

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The decision to play those countries, who are preparing for the World Cup finals in Russia, was criticised in some quarters as asking too much of players at the end of a long season considering the distances to be travelled.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was particularly concerned given his players regularly make up a significant number of the squad. Although skipper Scott Brown has announced his international retirement, the likes of Craig Gordon, Kieran Tierney, James Forrest, Callum McGregor, Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths were all named for Scotland’s last outing against the Netherlands in Aberdeen.

Given the brevity of the close season and Celtic’s likely quick turnaround for Champions League qualifying matches, it is expected that many of them – and possibly others from elsewhere – will be rested, opening the door for others to further their claim for a call up.

McLeish was at Easter Road on Friday night to watch his former club enjoy a 2-0 victory over Capital rivals Hearts as he began a weekend of taking in games before announcing his first squad today for this month’s “international challenge matches” against Costa Rica and Hungary.

But McGinn, who already has five Scotland caps, believes McLeish will also have an eye on the summer and making longer-term plans by identifying possible candidates such as, according to the 
23-year-old Hibs midfielder, his team-mates Paul Hanlon, Dylan McGeouch and Scott Allan who did their chances no harm with their performances against Hearts.

After watching goals from Allan and striker Jamie Maclaren open up a gap of 12 points on the Tynecastle outfit, Neil Lennon waxed lyrical about his players, describing Allan’s opener as “exquisite,” and the performances of McGeouch and McGinn as “sublime” and “awesome” respectively, with Hanlon, an unused substitute against the Dutch at Pittodrie, hailed as “a stalwart” figure.

And all, according to McGinn, would jump if McLeish were to come calling at any time. He said: “If you ask any player in our dressing-room there would be no complaints about where we might be flying to, we want to play for our country and pull on that jersey.

“If there are people pulling out we will be waiting here to be called upon, if he wants us we will be ready.”

McGinn refused to take his own inclusion in today’s announcement for granted, insisting: “For every Scottish player and whoever qualifies to play for Scotland, it’s important to put in the performances and, when a squad is coming up, to stay on your toes and prove you deserve to be there.

“You have to keep doing what you are doing to try and impress the manager, that’s the incentive for everyone. If you are not involved this time then you have to keep plugging away and hope to get that call in 

Lennon’s players have caught the eye in recent weeks, beating Rangers, Aberdeen and now Hearts added to a creditable point from their away game with Kilmarnock given Steve Clarke’s team’s current form. Hibs sit fourth in the Ladbrokes Premiership, just two points behind Aberdeen.

For McGinn, however, it’s the forthcoming games before the split, all against teams in the bottom half of the table, which will be every bit as important as he and his team-mates chase down a place in the Europa League.

To that end, as enjoyable as the win over Hearts was, McGinn says all eyes are on what lies ahead, not behind.

“Our derby record at home is pretty good although this one was a bit different in that we didn’t score early. We had to be patient, Hearts were sturdy and made it hard for us in the first half but in the end our class came through and we thoroughly deserved the victory.

“It was exactly like the Aberdeen game a few weeks ago, we knew we were tiring them out and that spaces were going to open up and thankfully we managed to capitalise on them.

“We have a good balance in the team now, everyone knows their role and we know if we keep shifting the ball then things are going to open up for us.”

The build-up to the latest derby had of course been overshadowed by talk of “natural order”, the jibe made by Hearts manager Criag Levein following his team’s win at Tynecastle, riling everyone in green and white.

McGinn said: “Of course it annoys you, someone questioning your pride and the club. It’s your duty as a player to go and prove that’s not the case and I think by the time the full-time whistle came we had done that.

“I think in the last few years we have been doing that and it’s up to us to continue to change things in Edinburgh. I think the fans are really enjoying coming to watch us play, but the feeling is mutual. We are loving playing our football here, the atmosphere is unbelievable and as players that’s what you want.”

Lennon dismissed Hearts as “irrelevant” in the wake of Friday night’s triumph – Hibs’ fifth home win over Hearts making it just one loss in 11 agains their rivals, but McGinn was adamant that, as far as he is concerned, it’s the coming games which now take priority.

“We are trying to hang on to the coat-tails of Aberdeen and Rangers, looking up the table and being ambitious.

“We are looking at a European place, we need to get that consistency and if we keep playing the way we are then we have a good chance.

“We are on a great run but we have to stay humble and not get ahead of ourselves. We now have a run of games against teams fighting for their lives so it is important we keep our standards high.

“We need to fight the same way as they will be fighting and then hopefully our quality will come through.”

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Hibs took a huge stride towards the SPFL Development League title with a 3-2 win over Celtic, which leaves them six points clear at the top of the table.

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The young Hibees had to come from 2-1 down with just ten minutes to play at East Mains before securing their victory. The heroes of the hour were striker Oli Shaw and defender Ryan Porteous, both of whom having been on the bench little more than 12 hours earlier as Hibs defeated Hearts 2-0 in the latest Edinburgh derby,

Shaw fired the youngsters into a first half lead but Jack Aitchison and Ewan Henderson put Celtic ahead before that dramatic finale, Porteous heading home via the underside of the bar to level before powering in another header deep into added-on time to take the points.

Celtic are playing “catch up” having been involved in the UEFA Youth League earlier in the season but they are now 17 points behind Hibs with five games in hand.

The two sides clash again in a few weeks time in the semi-final of the SFA Youth Cup. Hibs have been drawn at home, although no date as yet been set for the game.

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Hibs striker Jamie Maclaren has backed himself to get among the goals after his strike clinched victory in his first Edinburgh derby.

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Maclaren fired home the Easter Road side’s second goal ten minutes from time, putting the game beyond the Tynecastle outfit after Scott Allan had fired Neil Lennon’s team ahead early in the second half.

It was the Australian internationalist’s first goal from open play – his only other being a penalty spot winner against Rangers at Ibrox – and having missed chances against Aberdeen and Kilmarnock, he revealed he feels as “if the monkey has been lifted off my back”.

However, he insisted those missed opportunities hadn’t knocked his confidence, nor did a fantastic earlier save from Jon McLaughlin, the Jam Tarts goalkeeper somehow putting a fingertip on the ball to send it on to the underside of his crossbar.

Maclaren, named in the provisional Socceroos squad for two World Cup warm-up matches against Norway and Colombia at the end of this month, said: “As a striker you don’t worry too much about the chances you miss, you can’t afford to let your head go down.

“You have to try to be patient and confident. I had chances against Aberdeen and Kilmarnock but I know I will always score goals. If I am in the box I will create chances and I think I showed I am a box player.”

Hearts boss Craig Levein was critical of the manner in which both goals were conceded, but according to Hibs midfielder John McGinn, Maclaren’s strike was simply down to a quality finish, the striker taking Efe Ambrose’ throw-in before getting away from both John Souttar and Steven Naismith to drill a low shot through a ruck of players and into the bottom corner of the net.

Sharing Maclaren’s prediction that the goals will now start to flow, McGinn said: “It was a brilliant finish, he’s a striker who knows where the goals are.

“He’s maybe not the strongest guy in the world, but he makes up for that by being clever and nippy. He and Flo Kamberi ran Hearts ragged, they are a force to be reckoned with.”

Maclaren admitted, however, that despite his own self-belief, scoring against Hearts also brought a measure of relief.

“It’s some feeling when you see it hit the back of the net and hear 20,000 fans roaring and have the guys jumping on top of you and screaming things.

“It was just a great moment but I know if I am playing from the start of a game I will always create chances and sometimes as a striker it only takes one to get that monkey off your back.

“The Ranges one was a penalty but a goal is a goal in my mind and now I’m aiming to kick on.”

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All credit to Neil Lennon and the Hibs players for the way they’ve responded to the sticky spell of a couple of months ago.

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After capitulating at Pittodrie in December and then losing at Tynecastle in the Scottish Cup in January, our season could easily have started to unravel, but instead we kicked on again and have effectively secured our place in the top four after Friday’s well-deserved win over Hearts.

I always felt that if we could be strong early on and stand up to Hearts’ physicality, that we’d have enough football ability to win the game, and that proved to be the case after a stuffy first half in which we weren’t able to get any rhythm to our game. Once we got in front, we were well on top.

We were aided by a sensational midfield performance from Dylan McGeouch. That was one of the best, most composed displays from an individual I can recall in an Edinburgh derby. Everything about his game was top notch, and I think that rubs off on his team-mates. I really hope we can get him tied to a new contract because he’s a massive player for us.

There was a lot of background noise in the build-up to the derby with regard to the “natural order” stuff, but the Hibs players didn’t get too wrapped up in that. To me, it looked like they just focused on doing their talking on the pitch. All the talk is entertaining from a supporter’s point of view, but, as players, all that matters is what you do on the pitch.

With the team currently in such good form, we look like we’ve got it within us to overtake Aberdeen and possibly even catch Rangers. We’re looking strong and confident and I think our players are now looking at the way things are going and thinking second place is a realistic target now. They might ultimately fall short, but they are certainly playing with real determination and belief at the moment. The fact we have Neil Lennon as manager gives me real hope that we can push for second over the next two months. He will be right up for the challenge and his desire and will to win should hopefully rub off on the players as we enter the crucial stage of the season.

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It’s the natural order of things, Hearts turn up at Easter Road and head for home empty handed, this the fifth time in succession they’d travelled back across the city having suffered derby-day defeat.

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Jambos boss Craig Levein had made much, of course, of his side’s win last time out at Tynecastle, a result which ended Hibs’ run of nine derbies without defeat, his words at the time riling his opposite number Neil Lennon as they were undoubtedly intended.

But, as the maroon hordes made an early exit last night, it was the Hibs fans who were in full voice, delighted in not showing Levein any mercy. “Are you watching Craig Levein?”, thundered down from three of the Leith ground’s stands before being replaced by “Sunshine on Leith” as Lennon’s players took a deserved lap of honour.

Levein was left to watch, thanking his own players for their efforts but well aware they’d simply been second best on the night.

To put it bluntly, Hibs blew their Capital rivals away in the second half, goals from Scott Allan and Jamie MacLaren firing them 12 points ahead of Hearts with a game in hand, and maintaining their hope of catching Aberdeen in third place in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

They were goals which ended Hearts’ faint hope of reeling Hibs in, a result which leaves the Gorgie outfit, having already dropped to sixth, nervously looking over their shoulders at Motherwell in the coming weeks.

Lennon had just the one apparently straightforward decision to make, Paul Hanlon returning to his usual berth in central defence having missed the trip to Kilmarnock after the birth of his son a fortnight ago, leaving teenager Ryan Porteous to drop to the bench.

Hearts pitched up at Easter Road seeking their first win on the other side of the city in four years although, if the pre-match noises emanating from Gorgie were to be believed, they did so more in hope than expectation.

But while the players were no doubt anxious to get underway and so rid themselves of those early nerves, they were made to wait a full five minutes beyond the scheduled start as referee Bobby Madden waited for two smoke bombs which had been thrown on to the pitch to be dealt with.

When the action did get underway, it was predictably frenetic, the tackles flying in with Joaquim Adao, the recipient of yellow cards in each of his first six matches in a maroon shirt, leaving his calling card on Martin Boyle as Madden ignored the howls of the home fans for some form of retribution to the Hearts midfielder.

Finesse, as always, was of secondary consideration as both sides sought to impose themselves on their opponents, that struggle for composure reflected in the number of misdirected passes which prevented either side settling into a rhythm.

It took 28 minutes for a real threat on goal, Boyle stepping away from the right touchline to use his searing pace in leaving a string of opposing players in his wake before firing off a low shot which saw Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin drop to his right to easily take.

If Lennon had been concerned that almost a fortnight of inaction might induce some rustiness among his players it certainly wasn’t evident in the opening half, plenty of sweat and effort on display as it was from the men from Tynecastle.

If craft and guile weren’t going to bring a goal then, perhaps, a mistake might break the deadlock and it almost did, Ofir Marciano and team-mate Darren McGregor getting their wires crossed as they attempted to deal with Marcus Godinho’s cross from the right, the goalkeeper getting there first but needing his central defender to mop up as the ball broke free.

At the other end, Hearts captain Christophe Berra, again playing with a pain-killing injection in an ankle injury, was at full stretch to get his head to Efe Ambrose’s cross before the half closed with John McGinn blazing wildly over as he met a loose ball at the edge of the penalty area. Referee Madden had been prepared to let things go without resorting to his cards but Michael Smith tested his patience just a little too much, the Hearts midfielder booked three minutes after the restart for a trip on McGinn.

The pace, however, remained unrelenting although neither side was able to find that final killer ball despite the respective efforts of Dylan McGeouch for Hibs and Hearts’ Steven Naismith in the middle of the park.

A goal finally did come and, as is so often the case in derbies, from the unlikeliest of sources. Skipper Hanlon abandoned his defensive duties to find himself taking Florian Kamberi’s pass inside Hearts’ penalty area before quickly shifting it to Allan, who drilled in a low left-footed shot from just outside the box which found the bottom corner of McLaughlin’s net. It was Allan’s first goal in a green-and-white jersey since a League Cup tie against Montrose nearly three years ago.

Maclaren, aiming to claim his place in Australia’s squad for this summer’s World Cup, has found goals, other than his penalty-kick winner against Rangers, hard to find and he must have been left wondering what he had to do when McLaughlin got a hand to his shot before it crashed back off the underside of the bar.

Lennon took the pragmatic step of replacing goalscorer Allan with the more physical presence of Marvin Bartley to shield the back four and offer further resistance to Hearts’ attempts of going into the last quarter of an hour and somehow wrestling an equaliser. But Adao almost gifted Hibs the second goal to end the match as a contest, the Angolan player failing to spot Maclaren lurking as he passed the ball back to McLaughlin but luckily enough for him it carried sufficient weight for his goalkeeper to win the race.

Maclaren, though, wasn’t to be denied, the 24-year-old showing the predatory skills which brought him 20 goals in just 29 games for Brisbane Roar – and with it Australian football’s Golden Boot – as he pounced on a loose ball in between three defenders and drilled it beyond McLaughlin before wheeling away in obvious delight, pursued by his equally happy team-mates.

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This tie was far from subtle and will be remembered as much for the off-field crowd trouble.

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More than 40 fans were arrested and at least one policeman was knocked to the ground and had to be helped from the terracing. Several young spectators at the front of the crowd were struck by missiles.

As play continued after Hibs had scored their second goal, police had to move into the terracing where Hearts fans were congregated. Fierce fighting had broken out and a hail of missiles, including cans, coins and even golf balls were thrown.

Last season, Hearts were fined £1000 by the SFA for misbehaviour by their fans and that same element seems intent on crucifying a club which already has enough problems to contend with.

The behaviour by certain players was not much better than that of their fighting fans. Their very actions on the field were enough to incite trouble elsewhere. Anything resembling a football match was entirely coincidental as the Capital rivals found themselves in a bitter, bruising battle.

Hibs manager Eddie Turnbull was honest enough to admit: “It was a tough, tough match ... blood and thunder stuff.

“There is no way you can play football in that kind of situation; if you attempt it you can get run over. Our job was to win a place in the semi-finals and we did so, deservedly.”

Midfield man Des Bremner was voted man of the match but it was young Gordon Rae who provided the one highlight of the day when he scored Hibs’ second goal.

Jackie McNamara played a high ball into the penalty area, Bobby Hutchison headed it down and Rae controlled the ball, beat his man, and sent a tremendous drive into the net. It was a goal fit to win the Cup itself and certainly one which was far too good for this particular match.

In an effort to combat Hibs’ strength, Hearts packed the midfield and Willie Ormond’s plan worked for 23 minutes. They ran out of luck then when Drew Busby had to be taken off because of a leg knock and was replaced by Graham Shaw.

Hibs dominated the midfield from that point on and, after surviving a bad miss, they took the lead. The miss came when Hearts striker Derek O’Connor survived two rather doubtful tackles inside the penalty area but then lost the ball to Jim McArthur.

The opening goal came eight minutes from the interval when Ralph Callachan sent a free-kick to the far post and George Stewart rose, unchallenged, to head the ball in off a post. The Hearts defence looked badly at fault, especially young goalkeeper John Brough.

Rae’s fine effort came in the second half and gave Hibs a two-goal advantage.

Hearts pulled a goal back when Malcolm Robertson, who had been subdued for most of the afternoon, broke clear on the left and when his cross came over, O’Connor headed high into the net but Hibs goalkeeper Jim McArthur will know he could have done better.

Hibs: McArthur, Brazil, Duncan, Bremner, Stewart, McNamara, Rae, MacLeod, Hutchison, Callachan, Higgins. Substitutes: Lambie, Campbell.

Hearts: Brough, Brown, Black, Liddell, Jefferies, Craig, Gibson, Kidd, O’Connor, Busby, Robertson. Substitutes: Shaw, McQuade.

Ref: Brian McGinley (Glasgow)

Att: 22,618

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Ratings out of ten for every player in the starting XI for both Hibs and Hearts after Friday’s Edinburgh derby.

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READ MORE - Hibs 2 - 0 Hearts: Scott Allan and Jamie Maclaren win derby

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