Hibs impress at Kilmarnock but John McGinn suffers thigh injury

Neil Lennon paid tribute to his players as Hibernian surged into third place in the Premiership with a clinical 3-0 win at Kilmarnock.

Manager Neil Lennon was delighted to see his side go third in the table. Picture: SNS.

But the down side was that their midfield fulcrum John McGinn had to come off with a thigh injury. McGinn opened the scoring for Hibs, with Simon Murray and Martin Boyle also finding the net.

Lennon, the Easter Road side’s head coach, said: “It was another great performance and while the scoreline flattered us we were excellent. We were a real threat and scored three fantastic goals.

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“To be third in the league at this stage of the season is very pleasing. We are starting to get the results we deserve.

“The players are coming into top class form but we are picking up a few injuries. I had to leave Steven Whittaker out and John McGinn, as a result of the punishment he has taken, had to come off with a sore thigh. We will see how he is but I wouldn’t encourage him not to go with Scotland next week, I would prefer him to go.

“With the form he is in he deserves the call-up. He’s got tissue damage but it takes a lot to stop John. But unless he is really injured I won’t be phoning Malky Mackay.”

New Killie manager Steve Clarke said: “It was a slow start from us but once we found our feet I thought we did OK. We created a lot of chances but we couldn’t take any of them.”