Hibs boss Pat Fenlon and his chief scout David Henderson will be in Sweden tonight to continue building the Easter Road outfit’s dossier on potential Europa League opponents Malmo and Drogheda, the teams having drawn the first leg in Dublin a week ago.
Fenlon left the no-scoring draw to Henderson as he took his squad to the south of Spain and Portugal in preparation for their own entry into the competition at the second qualifying round stage, with those matches taking place next Thursday and a week later.
But while he has extensive knowledge of Drogheda from his own years in the League of Ireland as a player and manager, Fenlon is keen to see Malmo at first hand. Fenlon will return to Edinburgh after tonight’s game but if, as expected, Malmo progress, Henderson will remain in Sweden to take in their next league match against Atvidabergs FF on Sunday.
Regardless of who Hibs’ opponents might be, Fenlon genuinely believes his side are capable of winning that double-header, although he has conceded his squad has little experience of European football.
He said: “Not a lot of them have experienced it, but it is fantastic for the younger boys and even the senior boys. It will be a great experience for them.”
Hibs Under-20s defeated Selkirk 7-0 last night, with goals by Andrew Black, David Paul, Robert Wilson (2), Barry Milven (og), Max Todd and Jason Cummings. The youngsters continue their preparations for the new season by facing Lothian Thistle on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Hibs have been linked with a move for former Torquay United striker Jermaine Rene Howe.