Ex-Hearts and Hibs star laments 'missed opportunity' for Jack Ross' side in Europe

Michael Stewart believes Hibs missed a ‘real opportunity’ to advance to the play-off round of the Europa Conference League following Thursday night’s loss to Rijeka.

Friday, 13th August 2021, 12:45 pm
Michael Stewart played for both Hibs and Hearts in his career. Picture: SNS

The tie was in the balance after Kyle Magennis levelled the match in Croatia and brought the score to 2-2 on aggregate.

However, Darren McGregor was sent off for a second bookable offence and the away side soon collapsed, conceding two quick goals en route to a 4-1 away defeat.

Stewart, a former Hibs midfielder and Hearts captain, tweeted on Friday: “Hibs will be bitter disappointed this morning at a real missed opportunity. The Rijeka game had nothing in it and they’d just gained the momentum when Darren McGregor got sent off.

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“I’m not going to criticise McGregor too much though because I think he’s got more than enough credit in the bank. He made huge mistake and he knows that. I do think this team will have another opportunity soon to learn from this and look to progress further.”

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