Alan Stubbs: No room for passengers at Hibs

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Alan Stubbs has warned his players there is no room for passengers at Easter Road as he explained that he is now facing up to a weekly dilemma when he sits down to choose his team.

The Hibs head coach admitted that the wealth of options now available to him has left him swithering over whether to freshen things up or leave a winning side well alone.

Stubbs made changes to good effect against Dumbarton as his decision to go with a strikeforce of Dominique Malonga and Franck Dja Djedje for the first time was vindicated by the new-look pairing accounting for all three goals.

The January arrival of Keith Watson also allowed him to rest David Gray at the back while Danny Handling was drafted in for his first match in a month as fellow midfielder Scott Allan fell to illness.

As he contemplated his line-up for today’s Championship clash away to Alloa Athletic, Stubbs revealed: “I have really good options all over the pitch now which is great from my point of view. The strength of the squad gives me dilemmas, but nice dilemmas.

“I can rotate the squad a little bit when I need t, to keep the lads fresh but on the other hand I am thinking ‘do I change a winning team or do I keep it going?’ It’s a nice little teaser to have.”

With just one defeat in their last 19 league matches, Hibs have a head of steam which Stubbs hopes will take them to second place in the table. The Capital club are battling it out with Rangers for that position and are currently brimming with confidence.

He said: “We are in a results-driven business and when the players keep consistently getting results, the confidence goes sky-high. It’s not an arrogance, it’s just a real belief and determination. They know exactly what they need to do. They know what their jobs are and there’s a real camaraderie and team spirit amongst the group, which is good.

“We are a good football team, that’s why I brought these players here. I don’t want any passengers and I think everybody in the group can easily play in the first XI. There’s no difference from one player coming in to another. We have real quality options. It’s fantastic from my point of view. I really think I have improved the quality of the group with some good 
signings. But it is the players who deserve the credit. I have given them the opportunity and they have taken it.”