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Florian Kamberi defends workrate after Lennon criticism

Florian Kamberi insists he has been putting his body on the line for Hibernian despite Neil Lennon‘s claims he has not been working hard enough. The Easter Road boss vented his frustration with the Swiss striker following last month’s home draw with Livingston. Kamberi was introduced at half-time but was guilty of gifting away possession in the build up to Ryan Hardie’s Livi opener and then saw a weak penalty stopped by Liam Kelly. His sloppy display sparked a strongly-worded reaction from Lennon, who bemoaned his failure to respond to repeated pleas for more graft. However, the 23-year-old has now defended his recent displays, insisting he has been forced to play through the pain barrier following a niggling knee injury. Kamberi – who struck the only goal as Hibs claimed...

Hibernian sign Ryan Gauld on loan for rest of season

Ryan Gauld feels the time is right to return to Scotland as he bids to follow the likes of John McGinn and Dylan McGeouch and show his talent with Hibernian. The creative midfielder has signed on loan for Hibs until the end of the season, four-and-a-half years after leaving Dundee United for Sporting Lisbon. Now 23, Gauld has only made a handful of first-team appearances for Sporting, spending most of his time with the club’s B team and on loan with several other Portuguese sides, most recently second-tier Farense. Gauld told Hibs TV: “I felt like it was the right time to come back to Scotland and it’s the first time since I left that I’ve felt that. “Hibs represented the best opportunity for me with the way the team likes to play. It’s the best fit for me. “In the last couple of years Hib...

Man arrested over racist abuse at Edinburgh derby

A 65-year-old man has been arrested after Hearts defender Clevid Dikamona was subjected to alleged racial abuse at Easter Road. A Hibernian fan was seen on live television shouting abuse as the French-born Congo international was being told to leave the pitch by the referee following treatment for an injury. Dikamona wrote that the abusive supporter could not take away his derby victory joy following his side’s 1-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win. Police Scotland’s event commander for the Edinburgh derby, Supt Jim Royan said: “A 65-year-old man has now been arrested following the racial abuse of a Hearts player, and enquiries are currently ongoing into this. You can’t know how happy and grateful I am tonight, despite what he could do or say he will not take away that feeling, I prefer to smile a...

Hearts defender Dikamona calmly responds to abuse

Hearts defender Clevid Dikamona told an abusive Hibernian fan that he could not take away his derby victory joy after being subjected to abuse at Easter Road. A fan was seen on live television shouting apparent racist abuse as the French-born Congo international was being told to leave the pitch by the referee following treatment for an injury during Hearts’ 1-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win. Hibs vowed to identify and take action against the individual and Dikamona responded to footage of the incident on Twitter. The 28-year-old wrote: “You can’t know how happy and grateful I am tonight, despite what he could do or say he will not take away that feeling, I prefer to smile and tell you that I love you.” You can’t know how happy and grateful I am tonight, despite what he could do or say he will...

Hibs to take action against fan after “unacceptable” abuse

The fan was caught on camera apparently shouting abuse at Hearts defender Clevid Dikamona. Hibernian vowed to take action after a fan was caught on camera apparently aiming racist abuse at Hearts defender Clevid Dikamona. Hibs branded the behaviour “unacceptable” after the fan was seen on live television shouting abuse as the French-born Congo international was being told to leave the pitch by the referee following treatment for an injury during Hearts’ 1-0 win at Easter Road. A Hibernian spokesman said: “The club will do everything we can to identify the individual concerned and we will take the appropriate action. It’s unacceptable.” The previous Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle saw Hibs head coach Neil Lennon struck by a coin and other missiles thrown at Hibs players and match officials, w...

Hearts class level above Hibs: Jambos boss Levein

Craig Levein joked that Hearts outclassed Hibernian as the Tynecastle manager mocked their Edinburgh rivals after a 1-0 win at Easter Road. Hibs fans unveiled a banner before kick off which said: “There’s class, there’s first class and there’s Hibs class.” But it was Hearts midfielder Olly Lee who provided the moment of real quality as he turned and fired into the top corner from 22 yards in the 28th minute to secure his team’s first victory in Leith since April 2014. And Levein was quick to have fun at the expense of the Hibs fans, who had turned his “natural order” comments on their head with a banner display after the most recent Easter Road derby. The Hearts manager said: “It was a normal derby match with all the things that are in the melting pot. I thought there was a little bit bett...

Result: Olly Lee fires Hearts to derby victory at Hibernian

Olly Lee’s spectacular strike earned Hearts their first win over Hibernian at Easter Road since April 2014. Lee turned and fired into the top corner in the 28th minute and Hearts survived some late pressure with the help of some fortune when Steven Whittaker’s 25-yard strike hit the inside of one post and spun across the line and beyond the opposite post. Hearts had suffered five consecutive away defeats against Hibs and the 1-0 win was their first on the road since a triumph at Dundee on October 23 kept them top of the Ladbrokes Premiership. This win, which came without a repeat of any of the ugly scenes which marred the previous derby at Tynecastle, saw Hearts jump into fifth place and move seven points clear of their eighth-placed Edinburgh rivals. Hibs had 10 players missing including ...

McGregor: Hibernian can take positives from unbeaten run

Neil Lennon’s men have not lost in six matches. Hibernian defender Darren McGregor feels they should take confidence from their unbeaten run ahead of Saturday’s Edinburgh derby. Head coach Neil Lennon was unhappy with many of his players after last Saturday’s home draw with Livingston but McGregor’s late equaliser at Ibrox on Wednesday made it six games unbeaten. Hibs have beaten Celtic and drawn twice with Rangers during the run, and McGregor thought the latest point was a big moment for the team as well as himself – his unconvincing header had been immediately returned to set Alfredo Morelos free for the opener. McGregor said: “Losing the goal in the manner we did was disappointing, but I thought we stuck to our task. “They are a quality side and it is an intimidating place. So to come b...

Steven Gerrard wants Rangers to show killer instinct

Steven Gerrard admitted Rangers shot themselves in the foot against Hibs by failing to grab a second goal. Alfredo Morelos fired his 20th of the season midway through the first half but Adam Bogdan kept the Leith side in the clash and the visitors snatched a point four minutes from time when Darren McGregor headed home against his former side. “We’ve obviously led for the majority of the game and I think we shot ourselves in the foot by not killing the game off,” confessed Gerrard. “I think we had chances to go and get the second but Hibs produced that one moment of quality to really catch us out and take two points away from us. “It’s not a frustration with that as sometimes you have to hold your hand up to quality and I thought the delivery on the goal was good. “We’ll certainly analyse ...

Lewis Allan believes the future is bright at Hibernian

Allan started Saturday’s game against Livingston. Lewis Allan insists there are plenty of young Hibernian players ready to take their chance in the first team. Allan made his first Easter Road start on Saturday in the 1-1 draw with Livingston after Neil Lennon dropped Florian Kamberi to the bench alongside Jamie Maclaren. Lennon went on to express his frustration with his two experienced strikers and hinted he could look to move them on in January if they do not improve. But the Hibs head coach was happy with Allan’s display after bringing him and Sean Mackie off the bench in the victory over Celtic the previous weekend. Allan made his Hibs debut four years ago and the 22-year-old has served his apprenticeship on loan spells with Dunfermline, Forfar, Livingston and Edinburgh City. Now he i...

Holt: Livingston win would have been unfair on Hibernian

Livingston boss Gary Holt admits he felt like time was going backwards at Easter Road after his side were denied a stunning victory against Hibernian. The Lions, with just five points from a possible 24 on the board on their travels prior to Saturday’s clash in the capital, took a shock lead in the second half when Ryan Hardie dinked a delightful finish past Adam Bogdan. And it looked destined to be Livi’s day when Liam Kelly plunged to his right to save a pitiful penalty kick by Florian Kamberi with 19 minutes left. However, Holt concedes that he never felt comfortable – and that proved to be prescient, as Ryan Porteous headed home a late leveller. Nevertheless, Livi remain ahead of Hibs in the standings as they continue to make a mockery of those who predicted they would face a relegatio...

Lennon prepared to axe Kamberi if work ethic does not improve

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon has warned Florian Kamberi he is on borrowed time unless he bucks up his ideas, criticising the striker over a perceived lack of work ethic and hunger. Kamberi, 23, missed a gilt-edged opportunity to cancel out Ryan Hardie’s opener at Easter Road on Saturday and produced a woeful penalty that was easily saved by Liam Kelly. And, although Ryan Porteous did rescue a 1-1 draw, Lennon was in no mood to forgive and forget after seeing the rangy forward produce another below-par showing. Lennon said: “I can always change it the way I did last season when I got rid of (Anthony) Stokes and (Simon) Murray and brought in other players. The Livingston goal comes from Kamberi giving the ball away and falling on his back side. He did that a lot. “I don’t know if it’s a ...

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