The battle for third place in the Scottish Premiership took a bit of a twist at the weekend, as both third placed Hibernian and fourth placed Aberdeen suffered defeats.
Perhaps the Aberdeen defeat was expected, after all they were playing Celtic, and they don’t have the best record in Glasgow. The Hibernian loss was maybe more of a shock. They lost 2-0 at home to Motherwell, who had been struggling in recent weeks.
Could help team recover from defeat
However, Hibernian do still hold a four point lead over Aberdeen, with a game in hand. That won’t make Jack Ross feel any better you’d think. The Hibernian boss will want to get his team back to winning ways as soon as possible. Starting against St Johnstone on Saturday.
One way that could happen is if Ross restores striker Kevin Nisbet to the starting line-up. The 13-goal striker has not started Hibernian’s last five league games, although he did come on after half-time during the Motherwell loss.
Hasn’t scored for a while
After a great first-half of the season, Nisbet has found goals harder to come by in the second-half of the season. He has only scored one goal in his last 10 appearances for Hibernian. However, if he can rediscover that goal touch, then Hibernian could secure third place with a bit to spare.
The decision will be up to Jack Ross though. To be fair, his team’s results had been decent recently with Nisbet on the bench.
But perhaps the time is right to reintroduce the player to the Hibernian starting line-up. Goals win points, and on his day Nisbet is capable of getting those goals.