Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

HIBS advanced to the Premier Sports Cup final last November, beating the Rangers in sensational style.

Exactly eight months after Hampden’s surprising victory, Hibees is looking at an early exit from the very competition in a witty way.

This season is already a difficult time for Lee Johnson and Hibs.

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This season is already a difficult time for Lee Johnson and Hibs.Credit: Andrew Barr

Last night’s 1-1 draw with Morton ensured that Lee Johnson’s team would not be knocked out of the group.

But the ban mistake means they are effectively expelled.

Hibees’ played Rocky Bushiri on Easter Road, despite being cautioned in both previous games.

The recent problems on Easter Road, which have been a difficult time for Hibs fans, show no signs of abating for now.

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SunSport takes a look at 5 things that went wrong with the club in the eight months since Sunday in Glasgow.

Jack Ross fired

Few would have imagined that the manager would be fired three weeks after leading Hibs to one of his most famous victories.

But that’s exactly what happened.

Martin Boyle’s amazing hat-trick against Gers at Hampden led Hibs to the Premier Sports Cup final.

Ross was fired weeks after Hampden beat the Rangers.

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Ross was fired weeks after Hampden beat the Rangers.Credit: Kenneth Ramsay

Ross couldn’t even lead them in a match against Celtic at the National Stadium as he showed the door just a week before that December showdown.

The current Dundee United manager has been dramatically sacked after a midweek loss at Livingston.

That meant Hibs had just one win from their nine league games and were struggling in the second half.

The cup final appearance couldn’t save Ross’ job and he left.

Shawn Maloney appointments and firings

The club manager said Celtic and Scottish star Maloney was an ‘outstanding candidate’ when he gave him his first managerial post in December.

Four months later, he was fired from Hibs’ boss.

Chairman Ron Gordon admitted it was simply “wrong”.

Maloney’s sacking came after a painful week culminating in a series of defeats against fierce rivals Hearts.

Both defeats turned out to be very costly.

Top 6 failures and cup woes

The first loss to Jambos finished Maloney and Hibs in the bottom six.

Despite a five-game draw, Hibs headed for Tynecastle with the fate of the top six in his hands.

A win would have secured a spot in the top half and would have allowed them to compete for a European spot.

It didn't work for Hibs boss Maloney.

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It didn’t work for Hibs boss Maloney.Credit: SNS

The Andy Halliday-inspired Hearts took a full turn and secured a 3-1 win despite Drey Wright shooting them into the 5th minute lead.

To salt the wounds, the victory secured Hibs’ great rivals third in the league and guaranteed their own European football adventures for the upcoming season.

A week later, the sides met again at Hampden, and it was Edinburgh’s maroon half to celebrate despite Hibs’ good form once again.

Robbie Neilson’s men won 2-1 to reserve their place in the Scottish Cup final. After losing to Celtic in the League Cup final a few months ago, Hibs denied a chance to reclaim Hampden.

The streak was too far a leg to the Hibs board, and Maloney was gone.

contractual shortcomings

Hibs announced a new contract for Paul McGinn a week later. A few weeks later he left to join Motherwell.

The Scottish Hat made 34 appearances last season and automatically triggered a new contract.

But as SunSport reports, McGinn has never been part of the plans of new boss Lee Johnson.

Twenty days after announcing the contract extension, the Hibs website announced that the deal was closed. He soon joined Motherwell.

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June 24, 2022 Motherwell Training, Dalgie Park: Paul McGinnCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

If so, here’s an interesting example of Rocky Bushiri.

He went on loan from Norwich late last season and was named on the roster to leave Easter Road on 2 June.

The club said it was “thankful to the loan players who contributed last season,” including Bushiri.

Despite appearing to draw a line according to his time at the club, Hibs surprisingly signed a three-year contract with the defender. A week after confirming his exit.

Bushiri insisted he always knew he would return to the club despite the uncertainty.

cup shocker

Hibs fans will have been hoping for a new manager, Lee Johnson, to arrive, and many new players will herald a successful new era.

Instead, the season started in a rather chaotic way.

Things started off well on the Premier Sports Cup group stage. Christian Doidge scored a hat-trick by beating Clyde 5-0 on Easter Road.

Three days later, Johnson’s men were stunned in a 1-0 defeat against Falkirk in the third division.

It was followed by even more disappointment when they defeated SPFL rookie Bonnie League Rose 4-1 and Morton drew 1-1.

The championship side also got bonus points on penalties. Ultimately, they sent Hibs to a very early cup redemption.

That exit is now rarely confirmed without kicking another ball. This is because the SPFL hit the club on charges of defending a banned player.

Bushiri shouldn't have played Morton.

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Bushiri shouldn’t have played Morton.Credit: Willie Vas

Bushiri booked in the Falkirk and Bonnyrigg games have been suspended.

However, he played 90 minutes full-time against Morton.

3-0 confiscation and fines are certain to be imposed. And Hibs will effectively be kicked out of the cup.

Hibs fans, of course, were not impressed with the recent events.

One said, “Is this a joke?”

Another person added: “It’s really messed up. This is basic.”

A third supporter of Hibs said, “How does the team not know who has been disciplined?

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Hibs will return to a Premiership mission next weekend.

They will face off against St Johnstone on Easter Road on Saturday, July 30th.

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