Hibernian may have lost four consecutive games and are only one point ahead of Livingston in the Scottish Premiership, yet their manager Lee Johnson remains optimistic they can secure third place and target a European spot despite all negativity surrounding his club. All is set for an enthralling Edinburgh derby this weekend!
Hibernian manager Lee Johnson is on a mission to lead his side out of the bottom of the Scottish Premiership and has set ambitious targets. On Friday night at Easter Road, Celtic earned a 3-1 victory against Dundee FC to record their best performance of recent times - but that victory may have come too late, with Hearts, Saints and Livingston all within touching distance of them as leaders in Scotland's Premiership table. Recent months have also seen several of their star players leave, such as former talisman Angus MacDonald and goalkeeper Craig Levein. As competition for top six places increases, one of the primary questions for any club is how to retain players in its ranks. Perhaps restructurating its squad with new signings taking the helm from those who have moved on could provide the answer.
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Hibernian manager Lee Johnson has praised his side's determination to secure third place in the Scottish Premiership ahead of Saturday's Edinburgh derby clash against Livingston. Hibs are just one point above Livingston with two games remaining to secure top six status but Johnson believes his players will disregard any negativity as they prepare for Saturday's high-stakes fixture.
Hibs were victorious against Livingston thanks to Kevin van Veen's brace and Max Johnston's goal, though St Mirren boosted their chances of reaching the top six with a comfortable win against St Aggies (3-1).
St Mirren maintained their place among the top six with their third home victory of the season thanks to two penalties scored by Mark O'Hara - it marked their inaugural goal scored from penalty spot and it will hope for more successes when they visit Motherwell at McDiarmid Park this weekend.
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Hibs may have lost four consecutive league matches but manager Lee Johnson insists his side are focused on third place and will ignore negativity as they prepare for an Edinburgh derby with huge stakes. They currently lead Livingston by one point with two games remaining to seal top six status.
Willie Collum has announced his imminent resignation due to the constant abuse both he and his family face daily from fans in Scotland. Since 2019, Willie Collum has officiated the Celtic v Rangers derby where they have come under constant fire from opponents.
Collum is no stranger to controversy among fans. His whistler-call during the match between St Johnstone and Inverness last week left many in laughter; and this weekend when he issued straight red cards to Joel Nouble and Nicky Devlin during Hibs 2-2 draw it was no different.
Michael Stewart, former midfielder for Hearts and Hibernian respectively, believes referee Colin Collum should not referee in the top flight. According to BBC Sportsound:
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Hibs have made their mark in Scottish sports since 1875 when they were founded by members of the Irish community. Football-wise, their relationship with Old Firm rivals Celtic can sometimes be turbulent. The club is best-known for their exciting brand of play and for becoming the first British side to qualify for European competition in 1955-56. After being relegated back into the second tier in 2005, Dundee United have made an incredible comeback and look set for their first top-six finish since 2005. On Saturday they'll face a challenging task as they travel to Dundee for the opening leg of their quarter-final quarter-final; one of three matches over two weeks that await them in this regard.