HOPEFULLY Saturday’s win over Morton marks the end of a turbulent start to the season for Hibs.
There’s no escaping the fact the Scott Allan situation adversely affected the whole club, but with that now resolved, we can focus solely on winning matches and trying to get the optimism back that we had at the start of the summer.
Assuming we get Dylan McGeouch, we could hardly have come out of the Allan stand-off any better. Dylan’s a player we’ve missed in the opening weeks of the season. He already knows the club well and he’ll be even stronger mentally after last season. Liam Henderson is also a highly-regarded player and the fact Celtic have just given him a three-year contract shows what they think of him. To get money and a couple of good players for a player who doesn’t want to be there is good business. We’ve also now got a lot of options in midfield again, which brings competition for places. That’s what makes a strong team.
After everything that had happened in the previous few weeks, the most important thing on Saturday was just to get three points. We’ve still got new players settling in and others coming back from injury, so it’s always going to be a bit rusty when it’s like that. For guys like John McGinn and Dan Carmichael, who have come from smaller clubs, it might take a bit of time getting used to the pressure and demands of playing at Easter Road.
Football can turn really quickly and although we were a bit unconvincing against Morton, there is no reason we can’t go to Rangers on Sunday and make it two wins in a row. It will be a totally different game at Ibrox compared to Saturday. The Hibs players should be right up for it and without the Allan distraction, which would have been a disaster if it was still rumbling on this week, they are well capable of getting a win. A lot of these players won there twice last season, and they’ve got to believe they can do it again. It’s always a big help mentally when you’ve been there and done it before. We don’t want to be falling too far behind Rangers at this stage, so it’s imperative we take at least a point.