Hibs captain James McPake admits that the Hibs fans are still hurting over the defeat to Edinburgh neighbours in the Scottish Cup Final last May, but he insists that the players are concentrating on Saturday’s semi-final against Falkirk and not looking ahead to a possible second final in a row.
Speaking ahead of the game against the Bairns, the former Livingston and Coventry City defender said: “We can’t think about it. That’s in the past. We can’t think about that game or we will struggle. It was a hard one for everyone, there is no hiding from that. No-one is going to say it didn’t bother us. To lose any final is hard to take. That was my first final, I still don’t know if I’ll ever get to another. To have the chance again is good. It’s what you play football for, but we have to focus completely on Falkirk, and not look to the final.
“There is a bigger thing here than losing that final in May. That is the 111 years since we last won this Cup. I’ve never won a cup, maybe Kevin Thomson will have some trophies but I can’t think of too many others in the team who have medals. So there are a lot of different things going on, a lot more than just that final in May. Yeah, it was a bad day for everybody involved and the fans are probably still hurting. Read more