Matty Fairnie, Longbangers podcast
Hibs progressed to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup with a convincing and comfortable 3-1 win in Inverness on Saturday. Seen by many as a potential banana skin, Inverness were the pundits’ choice to cause an upset at the weekend, but Nick Montgomery’s side were in no mood to be the fall guys for a second week running.
Having taken Celtic all the way on Wednesday night only to lose to the cruellest of penalty decisions, Hibs had restored some pride following the shocker against St Mirren last Saturday.
It feels like a regular point, but Hibs will again have questions about the use of VAR on Wednesday. Joe Newell’s foul on Celtic’s Kyogo was forensically checked to see if it was inside the box or not, while Martin Boyle’s yellow card for simulation was not afforded the same scrutiny – TV pictures showed clear contact on Boyle, and Hibs will be aggrieved that the penalty was not given but the yellow card was.
Hibs had another penalty shout for handball. It was difficult to tell whether the ball had struck the defender’s arm or his face, but again, the time taken for VAR to examine the footage lasted only as long as it took for Hibs to take the corner. Probably not time enough to check the slow-motion replays or stills used to decide Celtic’s penalty.
Montgomery is now seeing the benefit of his new signings coupled with the return of Australian internationals Lewis Miller and Martin Boyle. The team looks much more effective and the performances both on Wednesday and Saturday reflected that.
We will face Rangers at Easter Road in the next round. Hibs’ record against the Ibrox side has been honking in recent years, so we’ll be hoping for a repeat of a fairly famous win against Rangers in this competition back in 2016.