Hibs are in a false position

Thornton Hibs manager Craig Gilbert
Thornton Hibs manager Craig Gilbert

Thornton Hibs manager Craig Gilbert believes the team is in a false league position after a nightmare start to the season.

Saturday’s 5-0 win over bottom club Coupar Angus was Hibs’ first league win in six matches, and took them up from 14th to 11th in the North League.

However, Gilbert insists the squad is still capable of turning the season around.

“We’re in a false position,” he told the Gazette. “We should’ve won more games.

“It’s been a horrific start, but we’re still only nine points off second place and there’s still 20 league games left.

“With the squad we’ve got we should be doing so much better, but our injury list has been ridiculous.

“We only had 10 guys available for a trip to Dundee North End and had to call up four lads from the under 17s.

“We went 3-0 down after 20 minutes and managed to get a 4-4 draw. That was probably the highlight of the season so far. The week after we went to Scone, took a 1-0 lead, got a man sent off, and lost 6-2 – that really annoys you.

“We’re getting some injured players back now, and we’re hoping Saturday’s 5-0 win can be a turning point.”

Hibs are at home to Downfield on Saturday while second-placed Kennoway Star Hearts travel to Brechin Vics.

Glenrothes are at home to Dalkeith Thistle in the East Premier League. Kick-offs 2.00 p.m.