Michael Weir: Butcher still unsure of his strongest XI

Lee Ashcroft goes head to head with Paul Hanlon
Lee Ashcroft goes head to head with Paul Hanlon
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The manager expressed his disappointment in the aftermath of Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Ayrshire that we had failed to come away with all three points after a hugely encouraging second-half display.

We created numerous clear cut chances during open play and the performance levels were much improved against a struggling Kilmarnock side. But realistically, if we are to move forward as a club, then these are the sort of fixtures we must grind out victories.

The introduction of a few fresh faces to the side in recent weeks may have contributed to our inconsistent run of late but that is to be expected.

However, I feel there will some optimism among the Hibs support that Terry Butcher is at least trying to assemble a side that he sees fit to take us in the right direction out on the park.

There have been too many pros come through the doors at Easter Road in recent seasons who have struggled to make an impact, so I remain hopeful the quality on show will prove to be a lot more astute.

It would appear the manager is still unsure of his best XI at the moment, although he did go with the same team that started in last weekend’s victory over Ross County.

The decision to not reinstate Liam Craig into the side was a bold decision to make given your captain is generally one of the first names on the team sheet. But it may still take a few more weeks for him to establish what he feels is his strongest line-up.

I was delighted to see striker Danny Haynes score his first goal for the club on Saturday. I must admit I have been impressed with his directness and willingness to attack when in possession of the ball.

Friday night football comes to Easter Road this week when we welcome Dundee United to the Capital.

A quick glance at the table shows there is still no margin for error where we are concerned as we remain just eight points off the play-off spot.

However, I’d rather focus on the positives, and a good three points on Friday evening will keep us in contention for a place in the top-six before the split in April.