Michael Weir: Hibs rose to occasion once again

Keith Watson challenges Kudus Oyenuga. Pic: SNS
Keith Watson challenges Kudus Oyenuga. Pic: SNS
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Back-to-back wins is just what we needed in our fight to finish best of the rest behind Hearts.

Livingston certainly offered a real scare last Wednesday with an equaliser just two minutes before the end. However, what an emphatic response it was from the Easter Road men to claim all three points with the winner just 30 seconds later.

Saturday’s encounter with Cowdenbeath was always likely to prove a real dogfight on a notoriously bad surface, but once again the players rose to the occasion to come away from Fife with another three points in the bag.

Rangers’ draw at home to Livingston was a real sickener for the Ibrox men with the gap between ourselves and Stuart McCall’s side having been widened to seven, although they do play one of their games in hand tomorrow night against Alloa.

Any slip up at this stage of the season could prove costly and I’m sure this is something Alan Stubbs will be emphasising to his players. But he has even had the luxury of tinkering with his starting XI on a weekly basis which underlines the strength in depth of the current squad.

The supporters are entitled to feel some apprehension as we edge closer to the play-offs given the humiliation we suffered last season at the expense of Hamilton. But there is some new-found optimism among the Hibs fans that a really exciting end to the season is just around the corner.

The squad that Alan Stubbs and his coaching staff have assembled have so much more to give and are more equipped to handle the pressure when it’s turned up.

I am sure the players are already relishing Sunday’s visit of Rangers to Easter Road, a side we have enjoyed unprecedented success against so far this season.

As the home team, the onus will be on us to attack and take the game to the visitors, however, Stuart McCall is sure to reiterate to his own group of players that anything other than a victory could slash their hopes of catching Hibs for the runners-up spot.

With that in mind, I think a home win on Sunday afternoon would almost push us over the line in our quest to finish second and what an advantage that could prove to be.