I cannot be the only Hibs fan thinking how lucky an escape we had by not taking on Ian Cathro. He was in the mix after the departure of T**** B****** but thankfully the job went to Alan Stubbs.
Watching Cathro’s recent work and some of his interviews I can’t see that he would have turned up at East Mains during the very low mood following relegation and made it any better. Not the way Stubbsy did, he just rocked up and changed the mood, along with Leeann Dempster of course.
Cathro is apparently “raging” with the SFA plan to have Hearts replay with Raith at Tynecastle this Wednesday. What can I say? Coach your team to not go ahead and then f*** it up perhaps?
His interview with the BBC after Sundays draw at Starks Park was terrible to say the least. He fumbled his words, looked like he was going to cry and certainly didn’t come across as a confident manager at all.
This on a day when the Hearts support sang “Hearts, Hearts, Glorious Hearts” on replay (the rest of their songbook having been erased on 21st May 2016), cheered an opponent coming on, watched him set up Declan McManus for the equaliser and then booed their own team at the final whistle. Poor wee mixed up Jambos.
Perhaps Ian Cathro is questioning his move to Gorgie and I wouldn’t blame him(for many reasons!). He was well thought of at Newcastle and perhaps should have stayed there a while longer working as an assistant and gaining more experience. He’s only thirty, plenty years ahead for being a first team coach at any club.
Anyway. Back to the Pride of the City, Hibernian. A trip to Tynecastle on Saturday for the start of our Scottish Cup defence. Fitting that the tie was at Tynecastle given that’s where it all turned for us last season. Remember that 2-0 lead that Hearts had and then blew? How could anyone forget haha.
Bonnyrigg Rose were our opponents. Certainly a team to be wary of. They’d knocked out Dumbarton to set up the tie with us. The fans were certainly up for it with their ticket allocation sold out almost immediately, meaning that nearly 5,000 Rose fans were getting behind the team at Tynecastle.
Lennon made sure Hibs did their homework on Bonnyrigg Rose and there was no chance we were taking this lightly. Unlike down in England where the FA Cup seems to have become a chance to run out youth players rather than anything else. However, we’re in Scotland and the teams here want to win the Scottish Cup. Lennon had the team taking this game seriously and that was evident right from the start. It’s fair to say that Hibs never take any game for granted these days. We’ve learned lessons about that in the past.
There was a minutes silence at the start of the match for former Rose player, Shaun Woodburn who died at the start of the month. His funeral is on the 27th of January at Warriston. Family flowers only but if desired then donations can be made Street Soccer Scotland.
BonnyRigg started the game well but Shinnie soon opened the scoring, Keatings doubling the score moments later.
However, in his first match back, keeper Marciano was forced off the pitch after a clattering. Ross Laidlaw (who should have started anyway, in my humble opinion) donned the gloves. The only real effort he would have to make was to try and save a penalty. Dean Hoskins slotted the ball in though.
I have to admit to having a slight “fear” at half-time. We were up 3-1 but still…well, we’re not the team in Edinburgh who cocks up decent leads anymore. Of course we went on to win it 8-1. That included a debut goal for Chris Humphrey as well. He’s shaping up to be a really good signing.
The team is looking good at the moment. I may have mentioned before that I wasn’t over the moon about Lennon coming in to take over but so far he is proving me wrong. While Stubbsy brought back the positivity, the feel good factor and gelled the team, Lennon has kept all that and added more. He’s made the team hard. They’re not scared of anyone and it shows. I wouldn’t say we were entirely fearless but it’s getting there.
So, onto the Scottish Cup fifth round draw. Alan Stubbs made his way from the TV studio to make the draw and Sir Rod Stewart made his way from hospitality. He’d certainly made the most of being in hospitality as everyone was aware when he appeared to pinch Alan McRae’s bottom. The SFA President didn’t know where to look. Sir Rod exuberantly picked the home teams while an amused Stubbsy picked the away teams. Perhaps distracted by Sir Rod’s antics, Stubbsy then proceeded to mix up the number 6 and the number 9.
Sir Rod and Stubbsy have since been called a disgrace as angry football fans compared them to Rod Hull and Emu. You can read the rest of the seethe here.
Well, Sir Rod pulled out Raith or Hearts as the home team and Stubbsy pulled out their opponents…yep The Mighty Hibees.
While Hearts fans took to Twitter to complain about the tie, Hibs fans were quite the opposite. I, personally, want to go to Tynecastle and play Hearts but in reality I think we’re heading to Starks Park for the Fifth round tie.
Whatever happens on Wednesday it’s still GGTTH!