Pat Fenlon: Hibs must focus on league, not Hampden

Pat Fenlon. Picture: Greg Macvean
Pat Fenlon. Picture: Greg Macvean
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PAT FENLON insisted today that his side must focus on 
getting victories from their final two league matches – and not the Scottish Cup final.

The Easter Road side can 
finish in seventh place if they bag three points away to Kilmarnock in tonight’s rearranged fixture and then again at home to Dundee on Saturday.

With the cup final against Celtic just 11 days away, there is a danger that attention is already beginning to turn to Hampden and the chance to lift the cup for the first time in 
111 years.

However, Fenlon today warned his team that he wants to finish as best of the bottom half and said: “It’s important to focus. Getting up for the Hearts game was the easy bit, but we’ve got to make sure we stay focused.

“The way I look at it is if we can win our two games then we can finish seventh. That’s the key, we’ve got to make sure we do that. That’s the focus for us, because if we can do that it becomes a half-decent season for us.

“It’s really important we finish it off. We started the season really well, had a fair dip in the middle of it and we’ve now gone four games unbeaten, and we want to keep that going all the way to the final, so we’ll be finishing the season strongly.

“Momentum is important. The boys got a big lift out of the weekend and if we can go 
into the final having won at Kilmarnock and at home to Dundee, then it gives you great momentum.

“It will be difficult to do that, but we know we’re capable of doing that.”

Meanwhile, Fenlon admitted that, although he is desperate to keep Jorge Claros at the club, the cup final may well be his last for the Edinburgh club. The Honduran’s parent club, Motagua, are reportedly keen to have the player back at the end of his current loan deal and Fenlon added: “We would love to keep him. Jorge’s aware of where we are with him and I think he would love to stay.

“At the moment, it looks like the cup final might be his last game and he’ll go back. He’s due to go back for internationals after the cup final.

“We’ve been trying to

obviously talk to them and see where it’s at. But, at the

moment, we haven’t got anywhere with it, being totally honest. He’s got another season with them and we’re making contact to see where the land lies.

“I think he’s got better and better as the season’s gone on and he’s been very good for us. I know he probably doesn’t get much of he credit but when he hasn’t been in the team we’ve missed him.

“So, we would love to keep him but it’s a bit like the Leigh situation, I suppose, at the end of the day we’re not going to make that decision.”