PAT FENLON has urged his Hibs stars to defy the odds and claim their place in the SPL’s top six today.
Some bookies are offering over 200-1 on results going in Hibs’ favour, with Fenlon’s men needing to beat Celtic at Parkhead and then hope Kilmarnock lose at home to basement outfit Dundee while Dundee United and Aberdeen draw.
Fenlon admitted it is a high stakes game with Celtic going into it knowing a win along with defeat for second-placed Motherwell against St Mirren will give them the title, but he insisted it was still “feasible” the highly unlikely combination of results required could go his side’s way.
Taking heart from the fact Hibs have taken four points from their two meetings with Celtic this season, Fenlon said: “Football is a strange game. Things happen in games the length and breadth of the country so we have to make sure we give ourselves that opportunity.
“What happens elsewhere we cannot control, but we can control what happens at Celtic Park to a point by giving of our best. We have had two decent games against Celtic this year: we’ve drawn and beaten them, and our performances were OK. We have to give the same performance and get a little bit of luck on the day.
“It’s a massive game for us and a massive game for them. There’s a lot at stake and I am sure they will be wanting to start positively and brightly.”
Meanwhile, Hibs have revealed they’ve already sold 14,500 tickets for next Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final with Falkirk, surpassing the 13,000 sold for last season’s semi against Aberdeen. Ticket sales will continue until Friday at 5pm. Full details can be found at www.hibernianfc.co.uk.