It looks like Hibs are really starting to get their act together now.
Five home wins in a row without conceding a goal is a definite sign that things are heading in the right direction after a difficult start.
Saturday’s game against Alloa was always likely to be tricky because part-time opposition can be stubborn to break down. Once Hibs got in front, though, it was comfortable and they really dominated the game.
It’s encouraging that we’re beating teams by twos and threes now and not just scraping wins like we were sometimes last year. It looks like there are goals right through the team and the clean sheets are starting to rack up as well, which also bodes well.
There’s no doubt in my mind that this squad is stronger than last season’s, and it’s starting to show. The likes of Liam Henderson and John McGinn look real quality additions to the midfield. We are really strong in that area and the encouraging thing is that we have midfielders who look like they’ll get goals. Last year we probably had too many similar types in midfield who didn’t score enough, but now we have boys who want to get in the box and score.
We’ve also added some really good experience in Darren McGregor and Adam Eckersley and they’re exactly the type of boys you want around the squad if you are to sustain a title challenge. It’s going to be tough keeping pace with Rangers but with characters like those in the dressing-room we’ll have a chance. We’ve now got genuine depth in every position. Last season, I felt if we lost two or three players we struggled, but this season we can get by without a few because we’ve got really good back-up. That’s healthy for any club.
Our challenge is to stay close to Rangers and ensure that when we play them we are in a position to either overtake them or at least get very close to them. That means we are going to have to win pretty much every week, and apart from Dumbarton on the opening day when things were still a bit unsettled, we’ve done really well against all the teams we have been expected to beat. That wasn’t always the case last season.