My Hibs XI 1994-2014 - 25/10/14

May 24, 2017

As the second edinburgh derby of the season looms nearer, I have started to indulge in my pre-derby rituals. Amongst the increased bowl activity and facebook banter is the daily trawling through kickback and youtube searching for previous derby highs to help combat my derby jitters in preparation for Sunday. I also got thinking to matters beyond the game, most notably the first Monday Night Fitba radio show after a Hearts Hibs match and how the dynamic of the show might change from the usual lighthearted chat to a more heated debate with undertones of hatred between the two camps of fans *wink*.

A method for keeping everything light regardless of the score tomorrow would be to look back at the players you ;east hated from your rivals down the years and attempt to put together a favourite Hibs XI. Hopefully this practice with be cleansing for my soul and help keep my banter light hearted come Mondays show.

The only criteria to make this team was to be involved in any hibs side of the past twenty years and be a player who’s skill and technical abilty  I admired but also had other fine traits such as loyalty or professionalism so sorry Riordan and O’connor but neither of you will make the cut.

Please feel free to leave your comments on my choices below and post your own selections on our facebook page.

Goalkeeper – Daniel Andersson. The Swede was only at the club for one season but is the most dependable and solid keeper I have seen at the club since Andy Goram left. I’m quite suprised he only gained one solitary cap for his country given his obvious attributes. Was a key figure in the clubs league cup triumphs over Celtic & Rangers that year. still playing for Helsingborgs at the fair old age of 41.

Right Back – David Gray. Has really impressed me since joining in the summer. Looks capable both defensively and in a more advanced wing back role and looks like a more capable captain than craig or hanlon. A very suprising success story given his less than impressive CV.

Left Back – David Murphy. Hibs fans should be thankful for his lack of pace because if a yard quicker this lad would have played for a top half team in the premiership for a number of years and would never have been seen in a hibs jersey. Injuries have blighted his career but when fully fit there were very few full backs in this country as consistent as him.

Sweeper – I am not a fan of the sweeper role but felt i needed to make this exception just to make a space for Frank Sauzee. I still can’t quite understand how Alex Mcleish managed to persuade the frenchman to ply his trade in the scottish first division but his signing seemed to give the club the boost the needed at a difficult time. Great reader of the game and a gentleman to boot.

Centre Back – Ulrik Laursen. A very imposing centre half who could hold is own in a very physical SPL but was also very capable on the deck. Went onto have a decent spell with celtic where he impressed in a couple of positions.

Right Midfield – Steven Whittaker. Always rated him more as a wide mifielder than as a full back. Great energy and decent pace with a shot that packed a punch. Always seemed to handle life as a footballer in a more professional manner than some of his fellow golden generation.

Left Midfield – Kevin Mcallister. Maybe inconsistent but on his day a superb old fashioned winger who had a bag of tricks and although recognised more through his spells with Falkirk, he still had a decent spell with the hibees.

Centre Midfield – Scott Brown. I must admit I still yearn to see the energetic,snarling and technically sound scott brown of old. I feel he has stagnated at Celtic and has rested on his laurels. At Hibs he looked the complete midfielder and under the guidance of Mowbray looked like becoming a star in England.

Centre Midfield – Russell Latapy. One of the most gifted midfielders I have witnessed at Tynecastle and even in his later years at Falkirk would cause all sorts of problems with his movement and vision. His goal in the 6-2 derby is one of the best scored in a derby during my lifetime. His antics off the field maybe resulted in a sour end to his time at Easter Road but in general he came across as a great role model on the park for his younger team mates.

Forward – Mixu Paatelainen. Great battering ram of a frontman who overcame a sticky start to his hibs career to win over the fans. Also good on the deck and scored a memorable hat-trick in the 6/2 derby.

Forward – Darren Jackson. Kept Hibs up almost single handedly in his final year at the club. Never had electric pace on the ball but great at finding space in the final third and had great composure also. A great servant to both edinburgh clubs and  to this day still handles himself well in interviews.

 

well there you go thats my picks. If you agree or disagree then leave a comment on this page or on our facebook page.

 

Cheers – Scott McIntosh