HIBS boss Jack Ross is looking forward to his first Edinburgh derby when they take on Hearts at Tynecastle on Boxing Day.

The Easter Road gaffer will look to his Wembley experiences with Sunderland before he was sacked by the English League One side in October.

Ross had led the Wearside outfit to a Checkatrade Trophy Final defeat against Portsmouth in March and also against Charlton in the promotion play-off Final in May where his team lost for a second time.

The 43-year-old chief, who spent a spell as a first-team coach at Gorgie and who replaced Paul Heckingbottom at the Leith club, told Sky Sports News: “I’m familiar with the atmosphere and everything around the game.

“I’ve been involved first hand at the matches, so I know how good they are in that respect and how much is at stake within them and the experiences of the last year-and-a-half, in particular, have meant I’ve been involved in some big games.

“I’ve been to Wembley twice in front of huge crowds and all of those experiences I think make you better equipped to deal with matches like Boxing Day.”

Hibs are seventh in the Premiership after back-to-back defeats against Celtic and Rangers while their city rivals, with a new manager Daniel Stendel, are rock-bottom after losing to Hamilton Accies at the weekend.

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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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