By: Hibernian Media on 18 Jan, 2017 17:30
Pat Stanton was at Easter Road Stadium on Wednesday to preview Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup Fourth Round tie against Bonnyrigg Rose at Tynecastle.
At the beginning of Pat’s career at Hibernian, manager Walter Galbraith felt that it would be beneficial for him to spend a year on loan in the junior set-up, something the legendary midfielder says he was not initially keen on.
However, he did go on to join Bonnyrigg Rose and feels that it was a good move for him, one which helped him bridge the gap between juvenile and senior football.
Speaking to Hibs TV, Pat said: “I’d played juvenile football for Salvesen Boys Club, and when I signed for Hibs, the manager was Walter Galbraith. He thought that it’d be a good idea to go to the juniors for a season and see how it worked out there.
“He made the point to me that if I had stayed at Easter Road, then I’d maybe only get a game every four to five weeks. At first, I didn’t want to go to Bonnyrigg, but I did, and it was a good move.
“There is a big gap between juvenile football and senior football. The season at Bonnyrigg filled that gap for me – it was a big help.”
Admitting that he never thought he would see the day Hibernian would face Bonnyrigg Rose in the Scottish Cup, not least as holders, Pat is looking forward to attending the game in Gorgie.
In his opinion, the most important aspect in preparing for the game for Hibernian is to treat Bonnyrigg Rose with respect, in order to progress comfortably in the competition.
He is also delighted for his Bonnyrigg to have got to this stage in the William Hill Scottish Cup and is waiting patiently for the final result on Saturday.
Pat said: “For Bonnyrigg, it’s a great game and they’ve got far in the competition as well. I think it is important that Hibs approach it in the right manner and treat Bonnyrigg with respect.
“Hibs are going into the game as favourites, but it’s a cup tie and they can be funny games. From a Hibs point of view, you have to respect your opponents and treat them as you would any other game.
“I’m delighted for Bonnyrigg. It’s tremendous where they’ve got to in the cup and we’ll just have to wait to see what the outcome is on Saturday.”
When pressed for his own score prediction, Pat spoke about the great times he had with both clubs, which include lifting the East of Scotland Junior Cup during the 1962/63 season and the Scottish League Cup in 1972.
Because of this, Pat decided not to be drawn into predicting the outcome of the game, wryly joking that he would be sitting on the fence.
“It’s a funny one. I would never predict” said Pat, “I had great times at Bonnyrigg and great times with Hibs. It’ll all come down to the day.
“I’m going to be brave here… I’m going to sit on the fence!”
Subscribe to Hibs TV to watch Pat’s full interview, which covers his thoughts on the weekend’s cup tie and the season Hibernian have had so far, as well as Pat recalling his time at Bonnyrigg Rose and moments from his career at Easter Road.
Picture: Steve Welsh