Hibs head coach Paul Heckingbottom has admitted that he doesn’t think Saturday’s Edinburgh derby will be a game for the purists.
In fact, he has predicted that it will be a ‘really frenetic’ game.
“We’d like to think we can get the ball down and play, but the nature of a derby, regardless of what type of team Hearts are, will make it a really frenetic game” he told the Edinburgh Evening News.
Heckingbottom also admitted that the game will be his biggest so far as Hibs coach.
“This will be our biggest test so far, it will be a different type of test.”
Heckingbottom would be a Hibs hero already if he manages to mastermind a victory at Tynecastle. The Easter Road side haven’t won at the home of their biggest rivals since 2013.
Hibs do go into the game in a decent run of form though, they haven’t lost a league game since Heckingbottom took over as head coach.
However, they need big performances from all of their key players if they are to pull off a rare triumph at Tynecastle.
The likes of Stevie Mallan and Florian Kamberi will need to be at their very best. At least Heckingbottom is aware of the type of game it is likely to be. That can only be promising for Hibs and their supporters.