Ofir Marciano calls on Hibs to replicate away form at Easter Road
Ofir Marciano has urged his Hibs team-mates to bring their away form to Easter Road and turn up the heat in the race for second place in the Premiership table.
The Capital club are locked in a three-way battle with Aberdeen and Rangers for that spot behind champions-elect Celtic and will face all three of those sides in six days, starting with a visit from the Hoops on Sunday.
Like Celtic, Hibs are unbeaten “on the road” this season – in fact, Neil Lennon’s side haven’t lost a league game on their travels for nine months – but they’ve lost three out of seven on their own turf to Hamilton, the Dons and St Johnstone.
With Celtic and Rangers at home before Hibs travel to Pittodrie, Israeli goalkeeper Marciano is hoping Lennon’s players will reproduce the performances which brought them a point against Brendan Rodgers’ side in Glasgow and victory at Ibrox earlier in the season.
Hibs returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Firhill thanks to an own goal from Partick Thistle’s Adam Barton, but Marciano firmly believes with the Edinburgh club back to “where we should be”, there could be even more to come.
He said: “We need to be focused and prepare for the games coming up. We need to keep doing the things that earn us victories.
“The club is back where it belongs and we are in a good place. We’re happy, the fans are happy and that’s the most important thing. We need to keep going, work hard and win games.
“This is where Hibs should be. Anything is possible this season.”
Marciano acknowledged that Hibs face arguably their toughest week of the season with these games against their closest rivals, but he insisted: “We know we have been struggling to win games at Easter Road, but we’ve done well away from home and we need to find a solution at home,
“We have a great gaffer who can take care of us and I’m sure we’ll take points at home in the next games. Celtic and Rangers are coming to Easter Road next and they are great games, the atmosphere will be great and we must work hard and hope for the best.
“We have a great week - with Aberdeen also - but it’s the same three points. It’s important because it’s our rivals for second place, but we need to take it game by game.”