Hibs head coach hopes fans put club before country

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Alan Stubbs hopes Hibs fans put club before country and turn up at Easter Road on Saturday to cheer his team on against Dumbarton.

The Capital club are in action just two hours before Scotland face Georgia at Ibrox in their second European Championship qualifying match, making it impossible for fans to be at both matches. Hibs tried to persuade Dumbarton to switch the match to Friday night to solve that dilemma but their part-time opponents declined, a decision which Stubbs fully understands and accepts.

The head coach said: “I am a little bit surprised at the timing of the games. The ideal situation would have been a different day or time. We tried to reach an amicable agreement with Dumbarton, but these things happen. Sometimes one wants one thing and the other wants something different. We are at the date and time which was originally scheduled and I’d rather be playing week in, week out and trying to get another three points on the board than being without a game.

“I am sure supporters will want to watch Scotland because they have been doing so well of late, but I am hoping we will have a big crowd, same as last week, at Easter Road. Then they can perhaps watch the Scotland game on their way home in the pub or somewhere else. Hopefully there will be double reason for them to be happy on Saturday night, celebrating a Hibs win and a Scotland victory.”

Meanwhile, right-back David Gray will return to training tomorrow after missing the 1-1 draw with Raith Rovers due to a hamstring injury. Stubbs said: “David feels good himself, everything is going to plan and he should be okay.”