All eyes are quite rightly on the Edinburgh Derby this weekend - and that will include those involved with the Hibernian Under-19 side. They will of course be glued to the action on Saturday lunchtime along with everyone else connected with the club. But while most will be mulling over that game post-match, the 19's will be turning their attention fully on their own test this weekend, the first test in their defence of the SFA Youth Cup.
The road to Hampden starts this year at the Hibernian Training Centre at 1pm on Sunday when Hibernian take on a troubled Inverness Clachnacuddin. The Highland League side are currently battling for their very survival, but will send their young side down to Edinburgh to face the daunting prospect of competing with the league champions and cup holders.
It is however an equally daunting challenge for the Hibernian side this year, faced with the prospect of being compared to the side that swept all before them last time around. There are a few familiar faces remaining in the side this season but these have been added to by a few new ones, including former Bolton youngster Aaron Chalmers. Aaron came to Hibernian very highly rated, having made several appearances in the Bolton first-team - he did however need to rebuild his career, and thought long and hard about where his next step should be.
That next step turned out to be Hibernian, with Aaron's father, who hails from Aberdeen, a major influence in that decision: "I did not know much about Hibernian to be honest," Aaron told Hibernian TV in 'The Academy' interview this week, adding: "I spoke to my Dad about it and he is from Scotland so knows a bit about the game here. He said Hibernian was a side that was always good for giving youngsters a chance, and he felt I should come here. So I'm here and working hard, hopefully there will be a chance to move forward again from here and perhaps put a claim in for the first team at some point."
Aaron, who started out as an attacking midfielder but is currently occupying a central defensive role in the Hibernian side, remains disappointed at being on the losing side last week, Hibernian going down by a single goal to Rangers: "We did not deserve to lose last week at Murray Park, the least we deserved was a draw - but if you don't finish the chances you create then there is a chance you will be punished and we were. Rangers are a good side but I really thought we should have done better up front - defensively we're not doing so badly lately but we need to get a few more goals and perhaps things will change for us."
That game is now a memory as Hibernian prepare to face their first SFA Cup hurdle on Sunday: "In some ways because of what the side did last year there is a weight on our shoulders, but we have a good bunch of lads and we can rise above that. We have the SFA Cup again on Sunday and in my mind we can do well again, but as I've said we have to take our chances and it's not going to just happen, we have to make it happen.
"It would be nice to see a few supporters along on Sunday - I know it's a day off for most people but if they come along we'll certainly try and get a few goals for them and make it worth their while."
Hibernian take on Inverness at the Hibernian Training Centre, kick off is 1pm on Sunday. Hibernian Ladies meanwhile face Glasgow City in the SWPL Cup Final at Recreation Park, Alloa tomorrow - kick off is at 2pm.