Hibernian: Five Positives
Man…this is going to be difficult! There is so much gloom surrounding Easter Road presently due mainly to serious failings on the pitch. Manager, Mixu Paatelainen is deeply in the trenches due to his widely perceived poor tactical and motivational ability amongst other criticisms. I’ve not had the pleasure (?) of visiting Easter Road in a little while now but reliable witnesses tell me it’s turgid stuff being produced on a weekly basis currently. Not only are the fans not seeing a side wining a game or two they are being starved of entertainment too. This will not do of course and a somewhat poisonous atmosphere is steadily creeping over the old ground.
Who can blame these fans? Certainly not me. It is difficult to see the club that’s in your heart going downhill at such an alarming rate with little too apparently arrest this worrying state of affairs. In spite of this I’m going to try and cheer myself up by looking on the bright side for a moment, difficult though that may be.
Let’s give it a go…
Negligible debt – how many UK football clubs can boast of being in that position currently? It’s not necessarily that savoury the way Hibs have got themselves into that position (i.e. by selling off a stream of good, young players, not to mention some long-held land) but hey, let’s try and throw a positive pose…
Ian Murray clashes with Celtic’s Nakamura
Ian Murray – has returned to Easter Road and shown consistent performances and played for the jersey. Little was given for his prospect by many, especially considering his health and fitness problems in the past. Here Hibernian have a valuable, versatile and dependable player who can perform to the same standard in several different positions to equal effect.
Derek Riordan – maligned by some for a supposed lack of fitness but it should be noted that in a poorly performing side he is still scoring goals regularly. With a good pre-season behind him I can see a return to the player he was (and more). A natural finisher and a nice soft touch on the ball – something not regularly seen in the Scottish Premier League it has to be said.
Time to go? The current East Terrace
The proposed new East Stand – a bit of a tricky one this, slightly problematic especially due to the current financial climate. There is no doubt however that the club are well placed to at last finish off Easter Road when they choose as the right time. The final piece in the jigsaw will offer a finer home for the team and support than they have arguably ever had.
East Mains Training Centre – again, much maligned by some Hibs supporters. Not by me however. I think this was a terrific step forward and one that will have long term varied benefits for the club. One needs to divorce our current problems on the pitch away from the issue of the training centre. It’s one for the future, let’s look forward.
There we have it then – five current positives about the famous old club. These are certainly turbulent times at Easter Road and we all look forward to Hibs returning to their ‘upward spiral’. I do feel it’s important to offer a balanced view however.