Yesterday’s game was never going to be straightforward because Dundee would have been desperate to put their first point on the board.
Hibs came on fairly strong after the early setback but Dundee were stuffy and made it difficult for us. Although we had enough chances to win it, we never truly took a grip of the game or played with any real fluency.
There were no standout performers but I was pleased to see Marvin Bartley back because we have missed his bite in midfield. Brandon Barker looked the part – it looks like he’ll give us an extra dimension.
I’m disappointed with one point from the past two games because, after beating Rangers at Ibrox, I would have hoped we’d have been capable of beating Hamilton and Dundee. The last two results show we’re still finding our feet in this league and that there won’t be any easy games at this level. It won’t be any easier when we return to action after the international break because St Johnstone are flying. They’re a very experienced and competent Premiership team so we’ll need to be at our best to get a result in Perth.
The best news of the past week was the fact Neil Lennon is ready to sign a new contract with Hibs. It helps when you’ve got a consistency of leadership at the club, and Neil has really impressed me so far. After winning promotion, he is the perfect man to lead us forward and keep building the club.
Changing managers every year or two – as we’ve found to our cost – is not a recipe for success, so it’s great that it looks like we’re going to have some stability.
I hope that extends to the playing squad as well and that the club are able to fend off any interest in John McGinn over the next few days. As is always the case, that one is likely to come down to finance and whether Nottingham Forest, or anyone else, can match the club’s valuation. As supporters, we can only pray that doesn’t happen because John’s been a key man for us. With regard to incomings, I’d still like us to add another wide player if possible, but I’ll happy enough to move forward with the squad we have.