Hibs are set to be backed by a green and white army of 3500 for Saturday’s crucial Championship match against Falkirk after the Easter Road outfit were handed an extra 1500 tickets for the final game of the season.
The Capital club had initially received an allocation of just under 2000 briefs for the game, but following the 4-1 victory over Alloa Athletic which has put Alan Stubbs’ players on the verge of clinching second place, fans rushed to snap up the remaining tickets for the trip to Westfield.
Some 750 tickets were bought in the wake of the win which allowed Hibs to leapfrog Rangers and establish an advantage of one point over the Ibrox club who travel to face champions Hearts on a day the Tynecastle club will finally get their hands on the Championship trophy.
As Hibs put up the “sold out” signs, Falkirk were asked if more tickets were available and they responded by offering a further 1500 which were due to arrive at Easter Road this morning to be put on sale at 1.00pm.
While Stubbs’ players will undoubtedly appreciate the extra backing they’ll receive as they attempt to defeat Peter Houston’s side for the first time this season, the Hibs head coach insisted that the weekend results would in no way affect his approach.
He said: “To be honest, an awful lot has not changed from my point of view because my mindset was that we go to get a result and then see what had happened at Tynecastle.
“Our aim for the game is that we are going there to win. We know exactly what we have to do and the players will be ready for it.”
Hibs achieved their win over Alloa without midfielders Fraser Fyvie and Dylan McGeouch and with former Falkirk striker Farid El Alagui sitting on the bench but Stubbs, who has hopes that right-back David Gray may be fit enough to return at the weekend, revealed those moves had been purely precautionary.
“Fraser had felt his hamstring a little tight and I expect him to be ready. Dylan had a bit of pain in his ankle so it was a chance to let it settle down for a few days.
“Farid has played a lot of games in a short space of time after a long lay-off and he had a little knock which was part of my reason not to start him. We have to manage them and make sure they are ready for the play-offs.”
Hibs’ development team face Falkirk at Ainslie Park tonight, kick-off 7.30pm.