The Paul Heckingbottom era at Hibs has hints of vast uncertainty. They’ve left behind probably their greatest manager in recent times. It was of vital importance that they got off to the start they did against Hamilton Accies at Easter Road.
This was an Accies side full of vibrancy and new life under Brian Rice. A last-gasp equaliser against Dundee was a big point in the first of two consecutive home league fixtures. They were certainly able to extract the positives that night. The other, a massive morale-boosting win over Hibs’ rivals for a top six spot, St Johnstone.
The Hibees had won just one of their last five league games. However, it took less than 20 minutes for them to grab the first goal under the guidance of Heckingbottom. Florian Kamberi with the faintest of touches on a Daryl Horgan cross evaded Gary Woods and set Hibs on their way.
After club captain David Gray was fouled by Lennard Sowah, Kamberi’s strike partner Mark McNulty would have the chance to duplicate the Hibees’ lead from the spot. He would do so, adding to his goal against Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup, smashing past Woods to grab his first Hibs league goal.
Some tricky upcoming fixtures await
Two consecutive league trips to Tayside await the capital club, who take on a resurgent Dundee under Jim McIntyre in the Friday night fixture.
That fixture is big but trickier is to come for Heckingbottom as Hibs play a massive midweek clash against fellow top-half hopefuls St Johnstone. After these two league games, Hibs play Celtic at Easter Road with a place in the Scottish Cup semi-finals at stake.
The fans may forgive a poor league showing if they were to have another cup run.
The priority is the league and if they can build on the three points gained against Accies then nothing may be out of reach for Heckingbottom and Hibs just yet.