Pat Fenlon confident players will keep focus if Hibs miss out on top six
Manager prepares his men to win at Celtic Park for a chance at sneaking the final top six slot.
Pat Fenlon believes Hibernian still have a lot to play for this season, even if this weekend consigns them to the bottom six of the SPL.
Hibs must win at Celtic Park on Saturday – and then hope that results in Kilmarnock v Dundee and Dundee United v Aberdeen go their way – to have a chance at making the top six.
But with a Scottish Cup semi-final and the chance to improve on last season’s disappointing 11th place finish up for grabs, Fenlon insists that Hibs will have plenty to play for no matter who they are facing post-split.
He said: “Whether we get in the top six or we end up in the bottom six, there is still a lot to play for us.
“Obviously we would then need to set a target of finishing at the top of that bottom six – we can’t finish where we did last year because that’s not acceptable for us.
“We’ve got another big game the following week in Glasgow, so there is loads to play for.”
Fenlon led his side to spirited 2-2 draw against Celtic in September and he hopes to draw on that performance for inspiration.
Neil Lennon, whose disciplinary hearing for swearing on the sidelines this week was described by Fenlon as “ludicrous”, could lead his side to a second successive title this weekend, but Hibs are out to delay the party.
Recalling the clash earlier in the season, Fenlon said: “We rode our luck early in the game but after that I thought we played quite well.
“We’re going to have to play really well, we know that.”