By Craig Turnbull
Midfielder John McGinn says he intends to silence Hibs’ detractors by ending the season successful.
The club have gained an unenviable moniker from rivals fans for “Hibs’ing it’ after falling short in their Championship title challenge to Rangers and losing the League Cup final to Ross County.
However, there is still plenty to play for, with both the promotion play-offs to look forward to and a Hampden showdown with Rangers in the Scottish Cup final.
McGinn says the bottlers tag is making them even more determined to prove the critics wrong.
“We ignore it to an extent but it gives us something to look to diminish and use it to inspire us to go and be successful,” he said.
“It will give us a great feeling if at the end of the season we can go and ram the words down people’s throats and that’s what we’ll be looking to do.”
McGinn, in his first season at Hibs after moving from St Mirren last summer, has been nominated for the PFA Championship player of the year after a sparkling campaign.
And he dismissed the claim that going down to the Championship from the Premiership was a backwards step in his career.
“If I had the choice of playing top-flight football it would have happened but I think had I decided to go to a team in the top flight I wouldn’t have played in as many high pressure games as what I have done this season at Hibs,” he said.
“When you play for a club as big as Hibs you’re expected to be successful I think promotion is what is required and nothing less.”