The Hibees are looking well ahead of the new season. Third place has to be the aim for Paul Heckingbottom’s Hibs this term.
After a bumpy start in the League Cup away to Stirling Albion, Hibs went on to coast their group, securing a home tie against Morton in the last 16.
It stands them in good stead ahead of what should be a decent Premiership campaign.
Third place would be brilliant for Hibs
Realistically the chances of breaking into the top two are slim, given Celtic and Rangers’ superior finances. Hibs have enough in them though to come out best of the rest.
Aberdeen and Hearts will be after the position too, but the Hibees will fancy their chances of ending up in a European position.
Scott Allan’s arrival is a big one. He already has two goals and an assist to his name this season. His partnership with Florian Kamberi will be one of the most feared in the Premiership if they carry on their impressive League Cup form.
They have recruited smartly too, with the likes of Tom James and Josh Vela plugging key gaps in the Hibs squad. They are probably a winger and arguably a midfielder short of having a complete set of players.
When this team have got something to play for Heckingbottom gets the best out of them. In his first ten league games, Hibs went undefeated. They tailed off after the season effectively finished, but it was an encouraging run that seen them secure a top six berth.
If Heckingbottom can get similar performances from his squad early on, they could rocket up the table and cement their claim for third early.
This is no longer Neil Lennon’s Hibs squad, it is very much Heckingbottom’s after a summer of comings and goings. It’ll be up to him to get the best out of the squad he has moulded.
Hibs look very strong ahead of the new campaign. They’ve arguably got the best team in the land outside of Celtic and Rangers. For that reason, Hibs have to make sure third place is their goal.