Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs insists next week’s warm-weather training camp in Spain will be anything but a holiday for the players.
The Leith outfit’s attempt to reach the top flight via the play-offs does not begin until 20 May when they will travel to the winners of the clash between Queen of the South and Rangers in the semi-final, first leg.
It’s not a reward because we haven’t won anything, it’s just a chance for us to refresh themAlan Stubbs
Former Celtic defender Stubbs has been given the green light from the Easter Road board to take the squad to La Manga to prepare for the crucial end- of- season games.
However, Stubbs, who will fly out with the team on Sunday, has assured supporters there will be little time for the players to relax.
He said: “I’m delighted we managed to finish second in the Championship because it gives me a chance to ease off the players this week and take them away.
“It’s not a reward because we haven’t won anything, it’s just a chance for us to refresh them, get a bit of sun on their backs and train in a nice climate.
“It won’t be downtime, they’ll not be getting lots of time off and it will not be easy. There’ll be no sunbathing going on, I can assure you it won’t be like that whatsoever.”
The majority of the squad attended the PFA Scotland awards dinner on Sunday and were delighted to see team-mate Scott Allan named Championship player of the year.
The former Dundee United youngster has enjoyed a renaissance under Stubbs at Easter Road after returning north from West Brom last summer.
Stubbs added: “From taking any plaudits for it, I only gave him the opportunity. He is the one that deserves all the credit, not me.”