Author and famous Hibs fans Irvine Welsh reckons his side are in serious danger of a relegation scrap this term.
The creator of Filth and Trainspotting is a devout Hibees fan and follows their progress avidly.
After Hibs’ 2-1 defeat to Hearts, he posted on Twitter saying he could ’round up a squad of jakeys from any Leith boozer who would have more fight, purpose, organisation and tactics than this totally dire Hibs team.’
Speaking on BBC Sportsound, Welsh relayed his fears for the Easter Road side this term.
He said: “He’s (Heckingbottom) had a pretty dire transfer window and he doesn’t seem to be able to motivate the team to perform or compete.
“In some ways I’ve got a bit of sympathy for Heckingbottom because there’s an aging and injury prone back four. He needed to replace and start to rebuild the defence but he doesn’t seem to know what his best lineup is.
“I really think that Hibs are favourites for relegation.”
Welsh probably speaks for many Hibs fans
As a fan himself, Welsh will see what many fellow supporters are seeing at Hibs. He is quite clearly worried about Hibs’ chances this term.
They have regressed from last season and quite dramatically too. From the summer window, to the defence, Heckingbottom has a few problems.
With just one league win since April, he needs to pick up results rapidly. If he is knocked out of the League Cup by Kilmarnock and beaten heavily by Celtic at Easter Road this week, it could be lights out.
Right now Hibs do look like relegation candidates but they have a decent squad. With a bit of belief and direction, they should be pushing for the European spots.
That seems like a millions miles away right now though.