By: Hibernian Media on 02 Aug, 2019 16:00
Grant Scott says that Hibernian are ready to get their 2019 campaign started again following the lengthy summer break.
The last match took place in May this year, with several Hibernian players involved at both the World Cup and the Under-19s European Championships, but he insists that they are in good condition ahead of the SWPL season restarting on Sunday 4 August (2:10pm kick-off) away to Glasgow City at Petershill Park.
Speaking to Scottish Women’s Football at a press conference earlier this week Hibernian’s Head Coach described the return to training as a balancing act and expressed his delight with the players application since their return from the break a few weeks ago.
“We’re raring to go. It’s been a lengthy break for a variety of reasons, but the girls have worked hard since their return,” said Grant.
He continued: “There are pros and cons with the break. It is good to get a break, but maybe it is a bit too much rest. We almost have to start the players from scratch again.
“I’ve described it before as a mini pre-season, but I’ve not been too hard on them, although we have done an extra week or two than we would normally have done at this stage.
“Trying to get some match time for them has been tough as well. It’s a real balancing act, but you just have to get on with it.
“Hopefully we have done enough. The players have trained well and looked sharp the past couple of weeks and had some good matches too. Now, it just about final preparations for Sunday’s game and we are feeling good to go.”
This time last year several Hibernian players departed for pastures new, but this year it has not been the case.
With the signing and promotion of players Grant feels his side have been made stronger than they were at the start of the campaign and hopes that the consistency will prove key in the second half of the season.
He commented: “With the recruitment in the summer we have made the squad a little bit stronger. The experiences that all of the players have had internationally can only help them develop and learn.
“The players around them look at them and understand why they are playing at a certain level and it gives everyone a little lift too.
“It’s good to have a consistency in the squad too helps. We haven’t lost many players and we have brought in a couple too, so that consistency is crucial and will hopefully help us to push on in the second half of the season.”
Sunday’s game is a top of the table clash with three teams slogging it out at the summit of the SWPL table.
Glasgow City hold a five point advantage over Hibernian and Grant says that the game is crucial in determining the outcome of the title fight, with Celtic also involved this campaign.
He is urging supporters of the club to travel along the M8 to Petershill Park and throw their backing behind the team as they aim to haul themselves to within two points of the league leaders.
The Head Coach commented: “If we are being realistic then it is a must win game. We won’t concede anything until it is mathematically unachievable, but if we lose on Sunday the task becomes even harder.
“We let ourselves down by dropping points in the first half of the season, but we have two games to play against Glasgow City and it will help us if we got decent results against them – even that is a very big task in itself though.
“People coming along on Sunday will see two very technically gifted sides and the pitch filled by 22 athletes. It is what I would class as a proper game of football.
“It is between two very competitive teams with lots of desire to win and that would be very evident come Sunday.
“It would be very worthwhile supporters coming along to attend and to give their backing to our side.”
Image: Scottish Women’s Football.