Michael Weir: Hibs cannot afford to switch off

Terry Butcher demands more effort
Terry Butcher demands more effort
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This weekend sees us head for Tynecastle where all the talk has been on the possibility of us finally consigning Hearts to the Championship – should we prevail in the third league derby of the season.

What most of us are bypassing, however, is victory for the Hearts club would make our position in the lower half of the table that little more precarious with only Aberdeen to play before the split.

Knowing our rivals inside and out, they will not take too kindly to us turning up on their own patch and ending their association in the top-flight of Scottish football which is why we must be at 100 per cent if we are to pick up the three points.

We are not without our own problems when looking at the current decline as we simply cannot buy a win at this moment.

Hearts, on the other hand, have had relegation staring them in the face since the opening day of the season when an embargo on transfer activity, among other constraints, was always likely to prove a step too far for Gary Locke and his young side.

We have, however, found this season to be another one of chop and change, and we could soon become embroiled in our own battle to stay in the Premiership if this current bad run continues.

A former manager used to say to us that ‘you can’t just flick a switch on and off’ meaning, as a footballer, you must apply yourself every week and strive to win football matches or risk allowing a losing mentality to spread throughout your system. The predicament Terry Butcher faces is recognising some individuals of his squad are only too aware they will be departing the club in the summer and their commitment to the cause may therefore be questionable when out on the pitch.

But as a professional you must take pride in your own performance irrespective of the circumstances and play for the jersey you represent at this moment in time.

Our remote chances of securing a top-six place are now gone, forgotten about, buried.

We cannot finish any higher than the position we currently occupy which is seventh, so we must now keep a watchful eye on the teams below us.