Hibs interim boss David Gray will take charge of the Hibees in this weekend’s Premier Sports Cup final against Celtic – and insists it is ‘great’ for the players not to have any distractions ahead of the Hampden showdown.

While former Scotland international Shaun Maloney is expected to be handed the reins at Easter Road, Gray will remain in charge until the weekend at least as Hibs chief executive Ben Kensell continues talks with the current Belgium assistant boss.

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – MAY 19: David Gray of Hibernian FC takes time to take photos with young fan after the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Aberdeen at Easter Road on May 19, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Gray and Eddie May will lead the Hibees out at Hampden and the Scottish Cup-winning skipper admits it isn’t about ‘personal gain’ for him after stepping in following Jack Ross’ sacking.

“It’s not about me. I spoke to Ben this morning. It was positive from the Dundee result, which was great,” Gray said.

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“He informed me that myself and Eddie May would be taking the team for the cup final while they conclude the process to find a new manager.

“It’s great. The most important thing is it’s great for the players because then they have clarity, they understand exactly what is happening, there are no distractions.

“There are no ifs, buts, maybes and our full focus changes to Celtic at the weekend. Everyone understands the situation.

“The earlier you can find out exactly what’s happening, the clearer the picture becomes for players, so that’s the important thing.

“It’s not about myself or Eddie or any personal gain. It’s not a great situation for us as staff to be in because people have lost their job.

“Our job is to get the players ready to win the cup final now that we know that’s happening.”

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