Garry O’Connor: Hibs are a bigger club than Hearts

Garry O'Connor had two spells at Hibs. Picture: David Lamb
Garry O'Connor had two spells at Hibs. Picture: David Lamb
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Hibs are the biggest club in Edinburgh right now, according to former Easter Road favourite Garry O’Connor.

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The striker made the claim on the Monday Night Fitba podcast, insisting talk of Hearts being the No.1 side in Edinburgh is false.

O’Connor had two spells with Hibs during a 14-year professional career which also saw play for Birmingham City and Lokomotiv Moscow among a few others.

His last game for the club was the 2012 Scottish Cup final when Hibs were defeated 5-1 by their rivals. The match took place during a lengthy period of malaise at Easter Road, culminating in the 2014 relegation to the Scottish Championship.

Hibs have since rebuilt and, buoyed by their own Scottish Cup triumph, came back stronger for the experience.

Manager Neil Lennon insisted last season they should be aiming for second place in their first campaign back in the top flight, and O’Connor believes such ambitions are only right for a club of Hibs’ size.

He said: “It’s where Hibs belong. Hibs are a massive club.

“You get all this talk of ‘Hibs are the second biggest club in Edinburgh’. Hibs are a bigger club than Hearts. I’m telling you.

“Financially, Hibs are a bigger club than Hearts. We’re ran so much better. Infrastructure is much better. Our training ground is our own. The stadium is fantastic, and we’ve got the right people running the club at this moment in time, including the manager.

“They’re playing the kind of brand of football we want them to play, and there’s a few players touching the first-team from the academy as well.

“It’s great as a Hibs fan to see so many season tickets getting sold.

“They will need to hold on to John McGinn, though. If he goes it’ll be some big shoes to fill.”

Click here to listen to the full MNF podcast interview with O’Connor.

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