Hibs midfielder John McGinn insists Championship title hopefuls need to become more ruthless



Hibs midfielder John McGinn insists both he and his team-mates are guilty of not being ruthless enough in the final third.

The Scotland internationalist notched his fifth goal of the campaign against Dunfermline on Saturday but Neil Lennon’s side had to settle for a point after Kallum Higginbotham converted a disputed penalty.

Hibs have a nine point lead over Falkirk with five games left but the Easter Road club have made heavy work of trying to wrap up the Championship title, having only picked up two wins from nine matches.

McGinn, however, insists they should have far more than the 47 goals they’ve netted so far this term after passing up a series of chances.

McGinn said: “We need to get over the line and start turning these performances into wins.

“I think it’s just the decision making and that extra bit of quality is something that’s been lacking.

“Keatsy (James Keatings) showed it with the last minute goal against Falkirk but it’s got to be consistent with the amount of possession we have and the ability we have in the team.

“Hopefully, starting with Morton next week, we can start putting teams away.

“I was delighted to get the first goal against Dunfermline although disappointed not to get the three points.

“In training all week I had been catching them well. I don’t score enough goals with the power I’ve got in my left foot so I feel as though I should be doing it more often.

“There was no-one more happy than me as I caught it so sweetly and it found the bottom corner.

“Looking at the bigger picture, it’s another game ticked off, Falkirk have managed to win but Morton lost so we’ve gained ground on Morton but we need to be wary of the teams around us.”

Hibs travel to promotion rivals Morton this weekend, just ten days after the two teams fought out a goal-less draw at Easter Road in a game that was best remembered for the injury-time scuffle that saw four sendings off.

It all started when Morton striker Kudus Oyenuga was ordered off for a reckless tackle on Jordon Forster at the touchline before Hibs striker Darren McGregor was dismissed after confronting the striker, with Oyenuga falling to the ground as if he had been head-butted.

Warring managers Lennon and Jim Duffy then had to be held apart during a furious bust-up before both being sent to the stand by referee Nick Walsh.

Lennon is still furious with Duffy’s behaviour on the night after admitting last Friday that he did not have time for the Ton boss anymore.

But former St Mirren player McGinn insists the players cannot allow the game to become a grudge match with the title in sight.

Speaking to Hibs TV, he added: “The Press will build it up but we’ve got to focus on the job and how important the game is.

“We know if we win the game it’s a massive, massive step towards winning the league.”

McGinn, meanwhile, is hoping that the injuries that have hampered Dylan McGeouch are a thing of the past after lining up alongside the midfielder at East End Park.

He added: “It was good to see Dylan back, he’s a had a lot of problems with injuries but he’s worked hard. It’s great to see him back playing well, he’s joy to play alongside.”