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‘MY DERBY CONCERN’ LENNON

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NEIL LENNON admits Hibs’ lack of action is a concern before the Edinburgh derby against Hearts on Friday night.

Snow wiped out the weekend game against Hamilton which means the Leith outfit will not have played for 13 days by the time the teams kick off at Easter Road.

By contrast, Hearts have played twice during their rivals’ lay-off – drawing in midweek with Kilmarnock in the Premiership and then losing to Motherwell in the Scottish Cup quarter-final on Sunday.

Lennon said: “My only concern is we haven’t played since a week last Saturday, while Hearts have had two games in between.

“That could work for them or it could work for us, so it will be interesting to see how we approach the game early on, to see if there’s any rustiness there.

“There really shouldn’t be, but with the weather, we’ve had little time to prepare.

“Hopefully in the build-up now to the game, we can get some more work into the players and have them ready.”

The Hibs gaffer added: “The big games look after themselves. You don’t need much motivation for it.

“Our recent form has been very, very good and that pleases me. Since the winter break, we’ve won a lot of games, which is really important at this stage of the season.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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