Tag: Hibernian

The 2016 Scottish Cup Final: Losing The Moral High Ground

All protagonists in the pitch invasion and crowd trouble after Hibernian’s first Scottish Cup triumph since 1902 have cases to answer. The soon-to-be-appointed SFA Independent investigatory Commission will be busy. Police and stewards were swamped by Hibernian fans and bust approximately no guts to stop Rangers fans. Fans can’t entirely be excused by the day’s emotions; the Hibernian fans who goaded Rangers fans; the Rangers fans who responded; nor anybody who, physically or otherwise, confronted Rangers players or officials. Yet Rangers, on this occasion demonstrably more sinned against than sinning, lost the moral high ground with official statements containing...

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Videos of the Day: The Edinburgh Derby

Following a two-all draw in their recent match at Tynecastle, Heart of Midlothian replay against Hibernian in the Fifth Round of the Scottish Cup at Easter Road this evening, with a quarter-final against Inverness Caledonian Thistle awaiting the winners. Hearts currently have the upper hand over Hibs in terms of league positions and the Edinburgh derby. They sit in third place in the Scottish Premiership behind the leaders Celtic and second placed Aberdeen, with Hibs currently in second place in the Scottish Championship behind Rangers, who are eight points clear at the top of the table, although Hibernian do...

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Match of the Weekend 2 – The Scottish Cup Final: Hibernian 1 Heart of Midlothian 5

Having waited 118 years for a second all-Edinburgh Final, the Scottish Cup final ended up being a disappointment for neutrals, and especially Hibernian fans, as Heart of Midlothian ran out comfortable 5-1 winners, for their eight victory in the competition, their third Cup win in fourteen years. It was a game overshadowed by controversy, especially concerning the decision at the start of the second half, which saw Hearts awarded a penalty and Hibernian reduced to ten men. With many fans considering this the biggest derby ever, the opening exchanges were relatively fast-paced, but with both sides avoiding too many risks. With it taking eight minutes before either side made it to the opposition penalty box, even then the Hibernian defence easily dealt with Danny Grainger’s freekick, although the clearance led to a crude challenge by 1998 Cup Final ballboy Ian Black on Leigh Griffiths. Replays suggested that Black’s jumping shoulder charge also saw him catchGriffithswith an elbow, and referee Craig Thomson shows a lot of leniency towards the Hearts’ number eight in his last game for the club. It takes twelve minutes before we even get a half-chance. Good work between Grainger and Rudi Skacel is almost broken up by a challenge by Jorge Claros, but as the Hibs defence switches off, Andrew Driver saves the ball from going out of play and delivers a cross that’s just too...

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The Calderwood Conundrum

During the summer, when time is often measured in the latest player transfer rumours rather than in minutes passed, we have become acclimated to the concept of a player having his head “turned” and wanting to leave his current club of employ. In the English Premiership, Arsenal have endured seemingly countless summers of speculation on when club captain Cesc Fabregas will leave for Spain in a genetic quest to have his DNA properly aligned at the Camp Nou. Tottenham Hotspur are currently enjoying a similar spot of bother with Luka Modric feeling a crick in his neck,  looking across London from White Hart Lane to the European nights that are regularly hosted at Stamford Bridge. These and other potential higher profile player movements garner the majority of silly season coverage amidst those less sensational ones that likely comprise a bulk of the overall transfer activity during any given summer. The tie that binds the tales of Fabregas, Modric, and others is typically written that a new club gives them greater opportunity to develop their games or win more silverware. Put simply, the grass that they have been playing on looks dry and brown compared to the luscious green variety on the other side. Somewhat peculiarly, of all the digital ink spilled over Scottish club Hibernian’s transfer season thus far, most of it continues to be splashed out regarding the club’s manager rather than its...

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