Michael Weir: Game at Hearts is now a must-win for Hibs
I think Hibs have to be reasonably happy with a point from Saturday's game.
Obviously we would ideally have got a victory, especially having had the penalty, but it was always going to be a tall order because Aberdeen is a hard place to win at any time, never mind when then they’re still fighting to hold on to second place.
I think Aberdeen were a bit wary of losing the game and were a bit cagey as a result, which is a compliment in itself to Hibs. The main thing is that we’ve come away from Pittodrie still in with a chance of finishing second going into our final two games.
I think that scenario would have been beyond the expectations of every Hibs fan at the start of the season. It’s credit to everyone at the club that we even have a chance at this stage of the campaign.
It’s going to be difficult to get second now, especially as it’s no longer in our own hands. We’re going to have to win both of our remaining games and hope other results go for us, but it’s certainly not beyond us.
Wednesday’s trip to Tynecastle is one of our biggest games there for years. In a derby, it doesn’t matter what’s up for grabs – both teams are always motivated to win it.
Even though they’ve got nothing to play for other than pride, it will be a really tough game for Hibs because we’ve not got a great record there and Hearts will be determined to end our hopes of finishing second in their last home game of the season.
They won’t want us taking a big step to second place on their own patch, so it will take a huge effort to get three points. We haven’t won there for five years, so this would be a great time to finally taste victory on the other side of the city.
With Rangers and Aberdeen playing each other tomorrow, at least one of them will drop points, so it’s a great chance for us if we can pull off a result.
If we can keep ourselves in the hunt going into the last day of the season, I would really fancy us against Rangers at Easter Road. That’s the type of big game our players thrive on, so hopefully we can ensure it’s a meaningful one.