Hibs to offer free entry to play-off final

A Hibs scarf is left discarded at full time after the Leith side lost to Kilmarnock last week. Picture: SNS
A Hibs scarf is left discarded at full time after the Leith side lost to Kilmarnock last week. Picture: SNS
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HIBERNIAN will admit season ticket holders for free for the second leg of the Premiership play-off final as they seek to prolong their 15-year stay in the top flight.

The Edinburgh side will meet either Falkirk or Hamilton Academical in the two-legged play-off, with the Championship side at home in the first leg next Wednesday. The second leg will take place at Easter Road on Sunday 25 May, kicking off at 3:30pm, with prices slashed for non-season ticket holders.

A statement posted on the Hibs website said: “All supporters with a current 13/14 season ticket membership can attend the home fixture free of charge as part of their existing membership. For those without a 13/14 season ticket membership the admission prices are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions in all sections of Easter Road Stadium.”

Hibs midfielder Kevin Thomson believes he will be fit to play in the play-off final as he bids to shake off the thigh injury that saw him miss the last two matches of the regular league season.

The defeat by Kilmarnock on Saturday condemned Hibs to second-bottom place in the Premiership and Thomson admitted it was hard to watch his team-mates drop into the play-offs.

“It was massively disappointing not to be available for the Kilmarnock match – watching from the stands was a really frustrating experience,” Thomson said. “But I’m confident I will be fit enough to be available for selection for the play-off.

“There are two games left in order for us to keep the club in the Premiership and we will all be giving everything we can to make that happen.”

Falkirk and Hamilton drew 1-1 in the first leg of the play-off semi-final on Tuesday, and Accies manager Alex Neil thinks that whoever wins the second leg at New Douglas Park on Sunday will have the edge on Hibs in the final.

“The momentum is going to be with the Championship team because both teams have been in good form,” said Neil.

“Meanwhile, Hibs haven’t been in good form. I went and took in the Hibs game when they played Kilmarnock and they are low in confidence. They are not winning a lot of games.”