Paul Hanlon admits it was a ‘difficult day’ for Hibs at Hampden after they were eliminated from the League Cup.
A spirited second half showing couldn’t save Hibs as they fell to a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Celtic.
Conceding three before the break had the Easter Road side chasing the game and Hanlon says that the Hibees squad must start performing for a whole 90 minutes.
He told the Daily Record (The Winner, page 4, 04/11/19): “It was a difficult day. We need to put this to bed now. It was a chance to get to a cup final but it’s gone now and it’s important to start putting points on the board in the league. It’s down to small margins.
“We’ve had a lot of draws in there. But we’ve definitely dropped our standards in games, like Livingston when losing two quick goals really put us on the back foot.
“We need to cut it out right away and put in a 90-minute performance, which we haven’t done for a while.”
Hanlon and Hibs must go on without Heckingbottom after Hampden defeat
In the wake of this clash, Paul Heckingbottom and his assistant Robbie Stockdale have both been relieved of their duties at Easter Road.
Hibs are currently tenth after a disappointing start to the season leaves them in the bottom six. It’s Heckingbottom who has paid the price for this with his job.
The first match post-Heckingbottom will be against St Johnstone, which Hibs could really be doing with three points. Any dropped points could result in them dropping into the relegation places.
It’s set to be a big few weeks for Hibs as they look to improve their league position and find a new manager.