Hibernian are suffering. Only one win in their last seven league games and that against bottom, St Mirren. Without a manager since Neil Lennon wasn’t sacked and didn’t resign, but left the stage, apparently through supernatural means, they have drifted into the bottom half of the table. Most worryingly of all, they are 10 points behind Craig Levein’s Hearts.
But here’s the thing: Hibs are hiding. They can up their game and did so to comfortably beat Celtic eight league games ago. They also held Newco home and away. This is a team which can up its game to match the occasion.
Celtic remain significantly understrength but they have delivered solid results since the winter break – 14 goals without reply. In Scott Sinclair, James Forrest and Callum McGregor they have players who have seen it all and delivered before. The chasing pack continue to drop points to each other; only Celtic and Motherwell have won all league games since the break. With second and third facing each other tonight, a Celtic win would see the gap widen for one or both. There’s an incentive.