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Don’t write off Hibs yet

By April 18, 2016No Comments

The term “Hibsed it” has become a popular catchphrase of late.

Owing to the poor run of form which saw the Edinburgh club lose the title race by a significant margin to rivals Rangers and lose great momentum in the course of a season in which they finished brightly.

Still in contention for a promotion to the Scottish Premiership, the Hibees are certainly not done and dusted yet.

There’s also the small matter of a Scottish Cup final to look forward to.

It will be the second cup final they will have reached this season, and despite the disappointment they will have felt in losing to Ross County, they will no doubt be looking to make amends and finish the season with a bang when they take on Rangers in their next Hampden showdown.

No matter what the critics say, Hibs should be proud of the season that they’ve had.

Yes, they will be gutted to have allowed their poor run of form to let their title hopes slip away. But the truth is, at the start of the season, Rangers were always going to be the favourites.

If you had told Alan Stubbs if he’d have been happy with two cup finals and a promotion play-off spot, I’m sure he would have bitten your hand off.

Make no mistake either, Hibs have quality in their side. Although unlikely to have won much respect from neutrals due to his sometimes, seemingly arrogant ways, Jason Cummings is a striker who has plenty of talent.

You can criticise him for some of the poor misses he’s had, most recentlty his take on the Panenka, or his hair cut, but you certainly can’t fault him for confidence and of having a bit of flair.

On the other end of the spectrum, John McGinn is not a flashy or overly loud player on the pitch. He lets his football do the talking.

Gordon Strachan heard him loud and clear, and gave him his first Scotland cap, thoroughly deserved for a player who has come on leaps and bounds since his move from St Mirren.

Hibs take on Rangers this week in what will offer a sort of preview ahead of the show-piece final on May 21st.

They will be keen to prove the doubters wrong and take the wind out of Rangers’ sails, straight off the back of defeating Celtic in the semi-final.

It will be a cat and mouse game at Easter Road, with both teams inevitably trying to figure each other out ahead of the final.

Rangers will not take them lightly. And neither they should.

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