THE pressure is mounting on Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom following the Easter Road side’s 5-2 walloping from holders Celtic at Hampden on Saturday night.

And Adam Jackson admitted the players must take their share of the blame for the dismal state of affairs.

However, the defender believes there are signs of improvement, despite a winless run of 10 Premiership games and a disappointing performance against ex-Easter Road gaffer Neil Lennon’s champions at the national stadium.

Two quickfire goals from Mohamed Elyounoussi and Callum McGregor had the Edinburgh side toiling and, even after Melker Hallberg had pulled one back, the Hoops restored the two-goal advantage before the interval when the on-loan Southampton forward struck again.

Scott Brown claimed two in the second-half while Florian Kamberi added a second for Heckingbottom’s side, but there was never any genuine chance of a shock result in Glasgow.

Centre-back Jackson, speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News, admitted: “We’ve got to take a lot of responsibility because we’re the ones on the pitch. If we’re not getting results, it’s down to us as players.

“We’ve got to start doing it for ourselves, for the gaffer, for the fans and the club.

“It’s very frustrating, but I’m very confident it will come good. The last four or five league games have proven that. We’re getting the performances and we’ve been so close to getting the results. If you watched our last four or five league games, apart from the Livingston game, we should definitely have won most of them.

“In recent games, we’ve been good up to about the 70-minute mark and then we’ve let ourselves down, but once we get that sorted everything will be fine.

“We all feel that a win is coming and once it comes, I think we’ll go again and keep winning games. We just need to get over the line with the first one and then the wins will keep coming.”



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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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