Hibernian head coach Paul Heckingbottom has admitted that he fears that the season could just peter out now that the Easter Road side can’t qualify for Europe.

Results last week meant that the Hibees can’t make Europe this season, and Heckingbottom has admitted that he could tell that the players are upset to miss out.

“They were a little bit flat and I had a chat with a few of them” he said, as reported by the Edinburgh Evening News.

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“Not the same buzz”

“I’ve said before how honest this group is but I certainly saw there was not the same buzz.”

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Heckingbottom has the task of picking his players up in the final two games of the season. One motivating factor could be the battle to stay ahead of Edinburgh rivals Hearts.

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One more victory is required

Hibs currently lead their rivals by three points in the league table. One more victory should all but confirm that Hibs finish as the top side in Edinburgh for the second season in a row.

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It might be tough for Hibs to pick up points in the next two games though. They take on Kilmarnock and Aberdeen, the sides locked in the battle for third place.

It would be disappointing for Heckingbottom and his players if the season ended on a low note. However, they have done enough in the past months to show that the future is bright at Easter Road.

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