Hearts legend fears Hibs will end derby jinx

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HIBS are well-equipped to end their long Edinburgh derby hoodoo in next month’s Scottish Cup tie between the two Capital clubs, according to Hearts legend John Robertson.

Despite the fact the Gorgie side are unbeaten in their last 12 derbies, Robertson insists a trip to Easter Road to face a resurgent Hibs is not what most Jambos would have wanted as they start the defence of their trophy.

“I wouldn’t think the Hearts fans will be looking forward to it,” said the Tynecastle side’s record goalscorer. “They’ll be fearful, because Hearts are so inconsistent at the moment. So right now I would think the Hibs fans will be more happy and far more confident about the draw than the Hearts fans.”

Robertson fears on-song Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths, the SPL’s top scorer with 11 goals, could prove to be the decisive figure. “He’s the difference between the two teams at the moment,” he added. “He looks so alive right now and he’ll look upon this game as a chance to set the record straight. This is a chance for Hibs and Leigh in particular to put things right. And that would ease the pain of May [the Scottish Cup final].”

As expected, the cup tie has been put back to 3.30pm on Sunday, December 2, and will be shown live on Sky Sports.