Michael Weir: Good timing from Hibs

Liam Fontaine celebrates in front of the Hibs fans
Liam Fontaine celebrates in front of the Hibs fans
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Achieving back-to-back league victories for the first time this year couldn’t have come at a better time as we head into two massive games against Rangers and Hearts.

To come from behind in Saturday’s clash with Raith Rovers and run out convincing winners will have pleased Alan Stubbs.

Despite dominating for long spells of the first half, we failed to capitalise on the chances created and were punished as the Kirkcaldy side gained the advantage.

I was pleased to see Jason Cummings back on the scoresheet at the weekend as the teenager has found goals hard to come by recently. I’m sure he can now go on to score the goals we all know he is capable of.

The festive period is always a crucial time of the season in the football calendar and the games couldn’t be much bigger than facing the league’s top two.

Moving into third place after the weekend’s results, I’m sure the Hibs players are relishing the opportunity to get themselves in a strong position for promotion.

The never ending turmoil that continues to plague Rangers can’t be good for morale in the dressing-room, but it would be extremely naive to underestimate the threat the Ibrox club carry. Their history and tradition demands success and they will be expected to be in a position to earn promotion back to the top flight come May.

However, Stubbs’ team have nothing to fear as shown in the previous meeting between the two sides when Hibs ran out 3-1 winners. The manager got his tactics spot-on that night and we thoroughly deserved the win.

What a boost it would be if we were to defeat Rangers in our own backyard ahead of the trip to Tynecastle to tackle our city rivals.

Hearts face a busy period themselves with a trip to Cowdenbeath tomorrow followed by Saturday’s clash in West Lothian with Livingston.

I expect them to take maximum points from those two fixtures and what better incentive for the Hibs players than being the first team to inflict a league defeat on them this season.

In the meantime, I’d like to wish all readers a very merry Christmas.