Hibs’ Head Coach Grant Scott has been impressed with the progress of his players throughout the season so far.
With the league campaign currently in a mid-season summer break, Scott has time to reflect upon some excellent performances by his team which has resulted in them currently sitting second, three points behind leaders Glasgow City with a game in hand and a superior goal difference.
In addition, another piece of silverware sits proudly in the trophy cabinet after Hibs demolished Celtic 9-0 in the final of the SWPL Cup.
Scott insists however that the Scottish Building Society League title is his ultimate goal.
He told the club website: “Internally, we didn’t feel we started the season with great performances but picking up wins during that time was critical. These early victories provided the squad with a platform to believe how good they can be when things ‘clicked’.
“There have been a few outstanding and dominating performances so far but I believe the catalyst for all of this is the togetherness within the squad, the players enjoy their work and the fact is they are enjoying their football.
“As key players returned from injury, belief has grown and performances have improved greatly, culminating in the players retaining the SWPL Cup with terrific performances against Glasgow City in the semi-final and Celtic in the final.
“Our aim at the start of pre-season was to be as close to Glasgow City at this point as possible and having played one game less we couldn’t be any closer.
“Having met the reigning champions in two league matches, remaining undefeated in both, we are delighted not to be playing catch-up.
“At this point we have put ourselves in a fantastic position to challenge the rest of the league and especially a very strong Glasgow City side.
“We will need the same levels of work, determination and performance and more in the second half of the season to maintain the challenge. If we do that, then maybe we can achieve the ultimate goal.”
Hibs will have to continue their fine form without influential international players Lizzie Arnot and Kirsty Smith who have both left the club to pursue their careers elsewhere.
Hibernian are back in action on the 29 July with an away trip to Hamilton Academical in the SBS SWPL.
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