Michael Weir: Hibs have to be confident of beating Dundee United in the semi-final
It’s good to see that Hibs are still on track for a good finish to the season.
There may have been some aspects of the performance against Motherwell that weren’t great, and they made it difficult, but it’s the result that matters and making sure you get through to the next round that’s important.
And on top of that, you don’t mind if you get to the final by playing well or not playing well. Now Hibs are in the semi-final they have everything to look forward to.
I’m cautiously confident that Hibs can beat Dundee United. They’ve done it twice this season, nearly three times, and played well against them in each of those games so there’s certainly nothing for them to fear.
That said, they seem to have hit a purple patch as well and are getting results together.
There are never any easy games but in one-off cup ties it’s all about who performs on the day. Form doesn’t matter, neither does league placing. It all comes down to the display you put in during that 90 minutes.
I might have been more confident if Hibs were facing them when they had that wee dip in mid-season where they weren’t pulling up any trees and Hibs were going well.
It will be a difficult game but Hibs shoud be confident they can win.
They certainly have to keep fighting on both fronts, for the cup and third place. A club the size of Hibs has expectations and winning a cup and finishing in the European spots should be the norm.
I don’t think any of the players will take their eye off either prize because it could be a really, really good season for them.
They don't want to be giving up anything, especially when they have worked so hard to get themselves into this position.
With Stephen Glass trying to find his feet at Aberdeen it wouldn’t be a bad time to get a couple of results and keep them at bay.
Hopefully the players are fully focused on doing that, and reaching the Scottish Cup final.