Michael Weir: Hibs’ experience will be key for run-in

John Sutton equalises, much to the disgust of Ryan McGivern
John Sutton equalises, much to the disgust of Ryan McGivern
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Having been two goals down to Motherwell then finding ourselves in a winning position, only to go and surrender a last-minute equaliser will have been a bitter pill for Terry Butcher to swallow.

No matter what he tries at the moment, we just can’t seem to stop our opponents from finding the net. At least having a more experienced side out on the park proved advantageous when two goals down, as opposed to the previous game against Dundee United when we were completely outplayed from start to finish across the field.

The settling in period for the new management team has been and gone and it is now time for Butcher to be strong-headed and move things forward. The majority of the staff available to him have had an opportunity to work themselves into his plans for next season, though this perhaps doesn’t involve a huge quantity considering the past few results!

Relying on the younger players of the squad week in week out may be detrimental to their development if indeed they are good enough for a long-term future at the club. I am all for introducing young blood to the squad over a period of time, but the necessity of having proven, experienced personnel in your line-up is imperative.

There are very few football clubs who, with little investment, improve considerably over the space of a couple of seasons. Terry Butcher has taken the job because the club has the potential to become a major force in Scottish football but, in reality, we are nowhere near where the name of Hibernian Football Club should be.

We have certainly not been strong enough defensively and for both Butcher and Maurice Malpas this must be hugely frustrating considering they managed to forge out excellent professional careers in this particular area of the pitch.

With four consecutive away fixtures up ahead, starting with Inverness on Wednesday night, we are entering a critical phase of the season as we bid to stave off the threat of a play-off spot. Three points in the Highlands against Butcher’s former club would be the perfect start in alleviating any fears of such an unwanted situation developing.