The Hibees are back in the top division after a 3-year absence. That means Edinburgh derbies are back and aren’t you excited?! I look forward to Edinburgh derbies more than Old Firm’s these days. Let’s talk about both teams coming up to the start of the season.
Starting off with Hibs. After loosing Jason Cummings, without doubt their best player to Nottingham Forest earlier in the window, things look blurred up front for Hibs just now. Yes, Simon Murray, Martin Boyle and new-boy Deivydas Matulevicius* (Davie) are good players but they need an established goal scorer, Anthony Stokes is favourite to fill the spot and I’m sure every one can agree that he can score goals in Scotland – and plenty of them.
After securing Efe Ambrose, Danny Swanson, Ofir Marciano, Steven Whittaker and Davie the Green side of Edinburgh seem like they’re planting seed’s to stay back up in the top league now. The spotlight is on John McGinn this season as he continues to play a very big part in the Hibs squad despite interest from down-south and Celtic, although I personally think he will stay another season or two.
Hibs, who haven’t lost a game against Hearts since August 2014 in a 7-unbeaten streak against their rivals. It will be interesting to see how it pans out during the league and I’m sure it will be a cracking game of football non-the-less.
Ahh, Youth, I’m actually quite excited about Hibernian’s youth at the minute. With the likes of Oli Shaw, Fraser Murray, Scott Martin and Ryan Porteus all looking like they have brilliant potential to be something big. Keep an eye out for those names in the future.
With the teams the way they are currently – minus injury, I’ve created my ideal starting 11 for each squad. Here they are;
Now, Hearts. Sam Nicholson leaving to join Minnesota, and Jamie Walker looking like he could be off to Rangers, times are worrying for the Gorgie side. Although, Christophe Berra and Kyle Lafferty have been magnificent signings and every Hearts fan should be buzzing. Both of them are established, experienced and both play for national teams. Lafferty has only played two games and scored 3 goals so it will be very exciting to see how high he gets his tally this season.
Personally, All I think Hearts need coming up to the start of the season is;- a Goalkeeper and 2 wingers. The defence is solid enough and Kyle Lafferty will make things happen up front, the midfield is acceptable for Scottish football standards. It will be tough to score against Hearts this season, especially if they improve their goalkeeper – and I think they will concede the least goals after Celtic.
With the new stand taking longer than expected to complete, Hearts fans won’t be able to watch football at Tynecastle until September/October which would personally infuriate me if I was a Hearts fan – but these things take time and it will definitely be worth it having stadium capacity upped to over 20,000.
On the maroon side of Edinburgh, Hearts also have some exciting players to keep an eye on from their youth squad, for example – Rory Currie, Ally Roy and lastly, Callumn Morrison – who all show great potential and will be looking forward to seeing how they develop.
So – That’s that and I’m absolutely ecstatic for the first Edinburgh derby of the season!