Hibernian have secured for themselves a place back in the Scottish Premiership with room to spare, however the nature of their exit from the Scottish Cup was somewhat disappointing for the thousands of expectant supporters which had made their way to Hampden Park, hopeful of seeing their heroes make it into a second successive Scottish Cup final.
After only a few seconds it was clear that this wasn’t going to be Hibernian’s day. Aberdeen’s Adam Rooney took advantage of some lacklustre defending to put the Dons ahead with just twelve seconds gone and Ryan Christie fired them into a 2-0 lead 25 minutes later. Hibernian levelled the score with goals from Grant Holt and Dylan McGeouch, however it was Aberdeen who had the last laugh with a Jonny Hayes shot being deflected off Hibernian’s Darren McGregor to seal for the Dons their first appearance in the Scottish Cup final for seventeen years.
Hibs now return to the drudgery of Championship action and now that they have secured their place back in the Premiership, how will they fare in their remaining two games? Will they take their feet off the gas or will they look to finish the season with a bang? We feel that it will be the latter. The Leith side have been flying high for most of the season and they are worthy winners of the division. There is little evidence to suggest that they will struggle against a Raith Rovers outfit which remain in serious danger of being dragged into the relegation scrap.
The Kirkcaldy side sit just three points above the bottom of the Championship table although they did themselves plenty of favours by beating Greenock Morton in their last outing nine days ago. Raith have been something of a mixed bag it must be said but they are having few problems in front of goal and we expect them to score at some point at Easter Road this week. It won’t be enough to secure even a share of the spoils though as Hibs look to finish the campaign on a high following their cup disappointment.