‘Here we go, two in a row’. It’s got a nice ring about it. The cup romance is still with us. We’re still in love with the whole experience. Having failed to win it in 114-years we now face the fairytale of winning it for the second time. Oh what a time to be alive.
I don’t like bringing this up but I’m sure every Hibby remembers Sunday the 25th May 2014. We remember all right. After an absolute shambles Hibs were relegated from the SPL to the Scottish Championship. I remember the feeling of being absolutely lost. I remember the tears running down my cheeks, the scarves flying from above me onto the pitch. The boos. I saw other people crying, children and adults. Old timers too.
The moronic Butcher didn’t step back and look at the damage he’d already done but carried on axing members of our squad before anyone had time to take it all in. Thankfully he was booted not long after. Farewell Butcher and Malpas, clown and sideshow act.
Things didn’t just look bleak, they looked finished. There was a chance Leeann Dempster might not come to Hibs because of the relegation but she stuck true to her word and came in at, in reflection, the perfect bloody time.
It was a truly dreadful time for Hibs and the loyal support. The Jambos at work were in ecstasy. Having been mocked by us for all their shenanigans in the weeks prior, they ripped us up. (Aye that would never come back and haunt you Jambos, shower of dafties).
The weeks to the start of the new season were fraught. Many, many fans pledged their support simply because of it being the club that they love. I was one of them. Bucking Championship but how could I walk away?
In a few shorts weeks we had to appoint a manager and get a team together. We started the season light on bodies and that did for us.
Look at us now though. We’re still in the Championship, yes, but look at us. We’re Scottish Cups winners. We, as of writing, still are the holders and we will be all the way up to the weekend of April 22/23 and possibly beyond. In May 2014, the idea of being Scottish Cup winners two years later was just ridiculous. The idea that a year later, in March 2017, we’d be heading to the semi-final again…that would have seemed ludicrous.
However, the idea that we’d still be in the Championship in 2017 was not even in consideration. So that we are is a concern and one we can hopefully fix in the next six games.
I say the next six games because that’s the amount of league games we have between now and the semi-final with Aberdeen. The first is, what could potentially be a toughie, Dundee United at Tannadice. It is a must win. In fact that, and the following five, for me, are must wins. A potential 18 points there. That would sort the league out and leave us free to concentrate on the semi and then, potentially, the final.
Six games, six weeks to get the head in the right place and win the league. There’s no need to concentrate on the Cup, we’re there, in the semi. Falkirk are only 6 points behind us. We all know Peter Houston will be wanking into a sock about that. When we face them at Easter Road on the 25th of this month let us be further ahead. Let’s hope they’ve dropped points and not the other way around.
Stubbs rebuilt us and Lennon has carried that on but even he is a bit puzzled as to the performances of late. I think everyone is.
A stinking mid-week performance in Paisley hasn’t helped but, to give St Mirren credit, they are playing well and Jack Ross has boosted the side with confidence. The players clearly believe in him and their performance against Celtic in the first half of the quarter-final at Celtic Park shows just how far they have come in a very short time. They made Celtic look ordinary and, of course, they went into the tunnel at half time 1-0 up. A lovely goal by Harry Davis.
They didn’t do much wrong in the second half either, only Celtic upped it and the bringing on of Roberts at half time for GMS changed the way they played. St Mirren should be proud of what they did in that 90 minutes. Brendan Rodgers said they were the best domestic team Celtic had faced all season. Take from that what you will rest of the SPL (means you’re crap, Rangers).
Rangers will be over-confident after their 6-0 win over Hamilton at Ibrox. They’ll believe they can beat Celtic in the semi’s. Delusion (they call it confidence) is in abundance at the moment. OK, but they’ve forgotten they make the trip to Celtic Park next Sunday in the league. Let’s see how that goes.
For me the league must take priority. Forget the cup now. Forget all about it. We’re not even in it. It’s only the league we must concentrate on. I have written before that we cannot do another season in this league and I don’t believe we will. We’re the best team in this league by a country mile and we’re better than some in the SPL as well. So we should be up there next season and challenging.
I finish this post with a poll. I’ll vote League with no Cup because going up is the goal but my word, we sort this league out before this semi and this could be a very magical season.