Robbie Stockdale has admitted there is a huge temptation to rush Martin Boyle back into action in a bid to help kick-start Hibs’ faltering season with Saturday’s Betfred Cup semi-final against Celtic following tonight’s league clash with Livingston.
Paul Heckingbottom is convinced Hibs’ head of player recruitment Graeme Mathie is happy to stay with the Easter Road club amid speculation linking him with a move to Premiership rivals Rangers and Kilmarnock.
The problem is glaring, finding a solution not so easy. A simple glance at the goals for and against column shines the brightest of lights on why Hibs find themselves languishing at the foot of the Premiership table, just four points from five matches and with a single win to their name.
Paul Heckingbottom says the financial clout of Celtic and Rangers shouldn’t stop Hibernian believing they can win the Premiership title – but admitted they’ll never have the biggest budget to achieve that goal.
The financial gulf between the top flights in Scotland and England was amply highlighted as Newcastle ran out comfortable winners in what was Hibs’ final pre-season match before they get down to the serious business of Premiership action on Saturday.
Hibs have been dealt a massive blow just days ahead of the new Ladbrokes Premiership season with the news that winger Martin Boyle needs another knee operation and will be out “for the foreseeable future”.