Saturday’s win at Partick Thistle was the perfect way for Hibs to bounce back after a couple of disappointing results.
It was particularly pleasing to see Darren McGregor back because his presence makes us stronger as a team and as a squad. His return to fitness allows us to play three at the back if we wish and also adds to competition in an area of the team where we’ve been short of bodies recently.
He played a big part in a solid defensive performance that was key to us digging out the result. When you get in front, you’ve got to be able to turn the screw and score more goals or dig in and make sure you hold on to what you’ve got, so it was great to see us do that. It wasn’t the prettiest of performances but you can’t play great football every week. Often it’s the dirty side of football that helps you win games, and that’s what we had to do on Saturday.
We’re now nine months unbeaten away from home which is an absolutely outstanding record and shows how strong we are as a team. It doesn’t matter what level you’re playing at, it’s hard to go away from home and consistently come away with points, but Hibs have found a way of doing that. Full credit to Neil Lennon and the players because that’s a phenomenal run.
We’re right up in the thick of the battle for second place, which is some achievement in our first season back in the Premiership. I can only see us getting stronger under Neil as time goes on because he seems to understand exactly what is needed to get us competing at the top end.
We’ve set themselves up nicely for a tough run of games in December. The way we’re going, we’ve got to fancy our chances of pulling off a result against Celtic at Easter Road on Sunday. We’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain because Celtic will be heavy favourites but we’ve already given them two good games in Glasgow this season so we have to be confident about making life difficult for them at home. We’ll have to be at our best to take anything, but I would expect our players to be right up for it and make it really hard for Celtic. I’m really looking forward to it.