Hibs striker Brian Graham reckons head coach Neil Lennon is certain to take the heat off him at Morton today after both teams were involved in a furious bust-up last time they met.
Graham spent five years at Cappielow although that has not made him immune to stick from the club’s fans.
But following the mass scuffle that overshadowed the goal-less draw just over a week ago, the 29-year-old reckons he will now longer be public enemy number one.
Morton striker Kudus Oyenuga’s dangerous dangerous tackle on Jordon Forster sparked mayhem.
The Ton player was ordered off before Darren McGregor was also dismissed for head-butting Oyenuga – although the Hibs defender has had his punishment downgraded to a yellow card on appeal.
Lennon and the Morton dugout team of Jim Duffy and Craig McPherson were also involved in the melee and Graham reckons the incident will take the spotlight off him this afternoon.
He said: “Will the manager take the pressure off me on Saturday? Yes, probably.
“I got a bit of stick last time I was down there so I suppose I will get it again. I got dog’s abuse but that’s just part and parcel of the game. It’s good banter.
“I always remember when I was starting playing football, a very good mate said to me, ‘when they start to sing you are a w***** you know you have done something right’.”
Hibs will bid to strengthen their 11 point leader over third place Ton at the summit this afternoon and Graham is looking forward to locking horns with Morton midfielder Ross Forbes, just months after the pair went on a tiling course together.
He added: “I went on a tiling course with Ross, he wasn’t too bad.
“You do it on your day off through PFA Scotland. I volunteered to go along every Wednesday in January.
“Football doesn’t last forever and it is not as if myself and the other guys in the dressing room have played in the Premier League in England and are all multi-millionaires.
“It doesn’t happen in Scotland. You have to keep an eye open on the outside world because you are going to have to get a job sometime.
“My brother in law has a tiling company so I just thought I’d go and have a look and perhaps think about that line of business when I’m done playing football.”