- Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom has urged supporters to get behind the team during a tough period for the club.
They have one league win since April and up next is a tricky League Cup tie against Kilmarnock. Some fans have called for Heckingbottom to go following a dismal start to this campaign.
The man himself has urged frustrated supporters to keep cheering the team on.
He told the BBC: “We want the supporters. We need the supporters. It’s underestimated how important supporters are at a football club. Until you’re the one on the pitch or amongst the team, they’re a massive part of what you want to try and do.
“We have to get supporters going, it’s got to be our responsibility. But likewise, I can say to supporters ‘do your bit, get behind the players, get them going.’
“We all want the same thing.”
Heckingbottom has to give Hibs fans a reason to cheers
As of recent weeks, Hibs fans haven’t had much to shout about. Currently sitting in the relegation play-off zone, the club have fell well below standards so far.
The players didn’t make it look like they were that fussed about winning the Edinburgh derby. After Stevie Mallan put them ahead, the full performance went flat.
If this is the effort players are putting in, why should the fans bother? Heckingbottom has to give Hibs fans a reason cheer on their side, a team they have seen falter in recent months.
A cup exit to Kilmarnock would be another big blow and they could find themselves bottom on Saturday. If Hibs fail to beat Celtic and St Johnstone win against Motherwell, Heckingbottom’s men will be in 12th.
He may want the supporters’ backing, but Heckingbottom has got to work very hard for it now after a poor start to the season.