Michael Weir: Hibs need to get out of this mini rut

James Collins is thwarted by Fraser Forster
James Collins is thwarted by Fraser Forster
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Terry Butcher would have been looking for a more positive outcome ahead of the visit of Celtic to Easter Road yesterday.

Despite the final 4-0 scoreline, a result that certainly flattered the champions, there were signs of encouragement from a Hibs side that really knuckled down in the second half.

The Glasgow outfit are in full flow at the moment and look very assured going forward where their experience in the Champions League, I think, has taken their style of play up a notch.

I have to say that I had hoped some business would have been done in the transfer window by this late stage. However, for one reason or another, those deals have failed to materialise where perhaps some of the targets Terry Butcher had in mind may be unavailable at this moment in time. I do still hold out hope of some new arrivals before the deadline on Friday.

The manager has restored confidence to some of the players who perhaps thought their days at Easter Road were numbered, but, within any dressing-room, a freshness of new faces brings out a competitive edge in efforts to raise the standard of play. However, trying to attract the right personnel to the club can prove a particularly slow process.

Patience has been missing from a number of supporters these days, but, if we are able to entice one or two decent acquisitions before the end of the week, the wait will have been worthwhile.

It is concerning that we are slipping into old habits of losing matches and this must be addressed within the next few weeks, but we must show faith in the manager to get us out of this mini rut and start picking up the three points again.

I have heard on several occasions that we are only a couple of points adrift of a top-six spot, but, in reality, the same applies to us hovering perilously close to the relegation play-off spot as well.

We have a free Saturday this weekend before welcoming Championship side Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup and it is imperative we take something from our next two league fixtures against Ross County and Kilmarnock.