Paul Heffernan today backed himself to fire Hibs to Scottish Premiership survival after making a surprise return to action.
Having been out for a month with a torn groin muscle, the striker revealed he’d only trained for three days before boss Terry Butcher threw him into the final game of the regular season against Kilmarnock.
Heffernan was unable to help Hibs avoid defeat against his old club last weekend as Kris Boyd’s only goal of the game condemned the Capital side to a nail-biting play-off against either Hamilton or Falkirk. But today Heffernan insisted he’ll be in far better shape for those matches, the first of which takes place on Wednesday with the second leg at Easter Road a week on Sunday.
And he’s eager to provide the firepower which Butcher’s team has been sorely lacking, with just three goals scored in their last ten games and just 31 in 38 league matches.
Heffernan said: “The position we’re currently in is far from ideal, but hopefully I can go out and score the goals to keep us up. Whether I’m starting or coming off the bench, I always want to score and if I’m picked for the first leg then my aim will be to get on the scoresheet.
“If I can score then that will get some confidence back into the team and give everybody a lift. I had only trained for three days in the build-up to the Kilmarnock match and, although I felt fit and injury-free, I was lacking match sharpness.
“But I’m confident that I will be back up to speed after a good week of training and preparing properly for the upcoming two games.”
Hibs will discover whether they’ll be facing Hamilton or Falkirk on Sunday, the clubs having drawn the first leg of their double-header 1-1.
Hibs will face the winners away on Wednesday and tickets for that match will go on sale at 10am on Monday to season ticket holders, who will be allowed to buy one each.
Hibs revealing current season ticket holders will be admitted to the home game for free. Tickets for the second leg went on sale today with current
season-ticket holders assured their cards will be “activated” to allow them free admission for the 3.30pm kick-off. Otherwise tickets will cost £10 (adults) and £5 (concesssions) for all parts of Easter Road.