ALAN STUBBS is confident Hibs will bounce back from their Hampden Scottish Cup semi-final disappointment – and become a force in the top flight.
The former Easter Road boss, who led the Edinburgh club to last season’s Scottish Cup triumph, believes the club has “got its mojo back” as they prepare for life in the Premiership.
Stubbs said: “Hibs put down a marker for next season against Aberdeen.
“It was an unfortunate way to lose and I think they can be proud. There’s no doubt they are going to be competitive next year.
“This club has got its mojo back and it’s there for all to see.
“Obviously, they will bring in new players in the summer and they’re only going to get stronger.
“I don’t see any reason why they cannot comfortably finish in the top six.
“They showed they can play against a very good Aberdeen team and I don’t think there was an awful lot in the game.
“The Dons started really well albeit Hibs contributed to that. However, they started the second-half the better side and it was even-stevens in the last 15 minutes.
“Hibs have done well against Rangers, Ross County, St Johnstone, Hearts – you can go through them all – and they’ve held their own.
“I’ve no doubt they can continue doing that next season.”