Hibs captain Liam Criag: We deserved to go down

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Candid captain Liam Craig admitted no-one at Hibs should escape blame for the “embarrassment” of relegation

The skipper cut a shell-shocked figure as he fronted up to the media following yesterday’s penalty shootout defeat to Hamilton Accies in the Scottish Premiership final.

Craig conceded that no Hibs player can have any complaints if they are informed during meetings today that they are no longer wanted at the club.

As fed-up supporters protested outside the stadium, he said: “I think the fans have got every reason to want to get rid of the manager, the players, everyone. We have been an embarrassment.

“We are back in for meetings about what lies ahead. That was the plan anyway and I can’t see that changing. I think if you are here next season then you will be very, very lucky.

“As I said in the dressing room, we have to live with this forever now. How do you get over that? It’s going to be really tough. I don’t think it has sunk in yet, but we can only blame ourselves.

“Two wins in 21 at any level of football is not good enough, that goes without saying. The fans deserve so much better. We all have to take a right good look at ourselves.

“We got what we deserved. Not just today, but over the course of the season, especially the last four months. We have had chance after chance after chance – and we blew every single one of them. We’ve just not been good enough. I don’t know how to describe this, to be completely honest. This is the lowest point of my career, absolutely. That goes without saying.

“I thought losing to Raith in the Scottish Cup was going to be the lowest point of my career – that hurt big-time. But if I am being totally honest I don’t think this has sunk in yet.”

Hibs will now contest the Championship with fellow Scottish football heavyweights Rangers and Hearts, and Craig insists his side simply have to come back up at the first time of asking.

He added: “We need to pick ourselves up and come again next season. It’s going to be difficult.”