Alan Stubbs insists Hibs are hellbent on making a serious impact in this season’s Scottish Cup.
The Easter Road side have made it at least to the quarter-final stage in each of their three tilts at Scotland’s two major cup competitions under the charge of the current head coach.
After losing to Falkirk in last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final, Stubbs is hopeful of kicking off another run to the business end of the tournament when he takes his high-flying side to Championship rivals Raith Rovers in the fourth round on Saturday.
“I’m excited about Saturday,” he said. “It’s a sidestep from the league, but we all know what a good cup run can do for the team. We’re going well in the league, we’re in the semi-final of the League Cup and we want to advance in the Scottish Cup because we all know about Hibs’ history with the tournament.
“It’s great to be heavily involved in all competitions. It’s obviously still early in the Scottish Cup but we’re hoping to go far in it. We came close, but not close enough last year and now we’re ready to hopefully start off on another exciting journey. It’s a famous competition and it’s one I’ve got good memories in from my playing days. I’d love to be able to do something in it with this club and this group of players.”
Stubbs insisted he is of no mind to tinker significantly with his team for the trip to Kirkcaldy even though Hibs are engaged in an intense battle for Championship title.
“There won’t be any wholesale rotation,” he said. “There might be one or two changes but it will be a very strong team.”
That is likely to mean further involvement for Dylan McGeouch, who has been Hibs’ standout player since returning from a groin injury for the recent league matches against Rangers and Raith.
“Dylan looks like he’s getting back close to his best,” said Stubbs.
“He was excellent against Raith last Saturday and he was also good in the Rangers game. The important thing now is to get a run of games for Dylan and we’re hopeful of doing that. His ability is unquestionable. He’s a really talented player and he’s going to play a big part in the rest of the season.”