Intertoto Cup for Hibs
It is the Intertoto Cup for Hibs after Hearts held onto second place in the SPL. Hearts claiming the second Champions League place means that Gretna will qualify for the UEFA cup through reaching the Scottish Cup final. Rangers get the other UEFA cup place by finishing 3rd in the SPL.
After beating Hearts 2-1 Hibs then lost their last three games, Aberdeen 4-0, Rangers 2-1 and Kilmarnock 3-1. Despite these results Hibs still managed to finish fourth, a point ahead of Kilmarnock and two points ahead of Aberdeen. Considering Hibs were around 10 points clear of these teams after Christmas we were made to sweat as finishing any lower in the league after last years 3rd place would have been disappointing. Hibs have suffered a horrendous injury list robbing us of a complete midfield plus back up, this can be used as an excuse for the last third of the season but does not account for the slip ups before Christmas. Next season Hibs will have to be stronger at the back where a no-nonsense centre half would be a welcome addition. Some of the new players who have only started to feature in the team in the last few games look as if they will be good replacements for our departing players.
Hibs opponents in the Intertoto cup will be either from the Faroe Islands or Latvia, these games are scheduled for July 1st and 8th.