John Hughes has to be the Scottish manager of 2009
Fair play to Hibs. Drawing 1-1 away to Kilmarnock last weekend caused many people to think that their hopes of challenging the big two over the course of the season would fade quickly. It was a disappointment but you can tell a lot about a club by the manner they bounce back.
You have to say, Hibs bounced back rather well.
The run of play may have been in Aberdeen’s favour when the deadlock was broken but it was Anthony Stokes who got the first goal of the game that gave Hibs a one goal lead at half-time. Aberdeen were looking to recover from a 2-1 home defeat against Hamilton Academicals but the loss of this goal caused the Dons heads to drop.
Hibs were able to capitalise and it was that man Stokes again to double his and Hibs tally sending Hibs on their way to all three points.
There are still a few games to get over and done this year with but when you consider he kept Falkirk up and took them to a Scottish Cup final and a European spot in the first six months, has John Hughes been the Scottish manager of 2009?
It is hard to think who has been consistently better or achieved as much, well done Yogi.
Hibs now sit just a point behind Celtic and will be looking for their Edinburgh friends and neighbours Hearts for a favour. Well, it is the season of goodwill and top of the table ambitions can make a football fan wish for funny things. That said, Hibs are more than capable of picking up their own points when they play on form and they will need to be next weekend when Rangers come calling.
With five points separating the leaders from the Leith side, an Easter Road home win would be the biggest present that Hibs could give their fans.
Can Hibs beat Rangers next week?