What a turnaround it’s been by Hibs to wipe out an 11-point deficit in just two months, but we can’t get carried away yet because we’ve not even completed the first half of the season.
Saturday was another good day for Hibs, but that’s all it was. There’s still a very long way to go, but we’ve got to be very excited about the second half of the campaign because we’ve hauled ourselves back from the dead and given ourselves a real chance.
That’s two weeks running we’ve scored huge goals in stoppage time. It’s great to know that your team is going to go to the very last kick of the ball and it’s also unnerving for your opponents. Having said that, we can’t make a habit of this because we won’t be able to pull a last-gasp rabbit out the hat every week.
Regardless of how scrappy Saturday’s win was, we’re going to Ibrox in excellent fettle next Monday. A few weeks ago, this Rangers game was shaping up as a make-or-break for Hibs, but now we know that, even if we lose, the worst-case scenario is being three points behind Rangers, which, as we’ve proved, is nowhere near insurmountable.
It will be big for both teams, but it’s a bigger game for them than it is for us. The pressure’s all on them because of the lead they’ve let slip. If we can get our noses in front, it could be massive psychologically for both teams because, until now, we’ve always been chasing. As is the case with the title race, it’s a difficult game to call. Hibs are obviously the team with the momentum, but it’s never easy to beat Rangers at Ibrox. Whatever team wins, though, it won’t decide the title. It’s far too early for any talk like that. It will only be after the new year that the title race will truly begin because that’s when the pressure really cranks up on both sides.
Hopefully, we’ll have a few new faces to help us in that period. We’ve been linked with Celtic striker Anthony Stokes and any player of that quality would give the whole squad a lift and help bring a bit of fresh impetus. Getting a player like that in would also help speed up the process of bringing back the supporters because, slowly but surely, those who had been staying away are starting to return.