Sport Kevin Nisbet answers 'laughable' John Collins criticism as Hibs Scottish Cup hero shoots down laziness claim

02:10  09 may  2021
02:10  09 may  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Much of Hibs ’ progress has been thanks to the complementary qualities of Doidge, Martin Boyle and Kevin Nisbet , but the latter was given a surprise jolt the other day when John Collins , a former Hibs manager and player, questioned his work rate. Nisbet , who joined from Dunfermline Athletic only last summer, has adapted quickly to the Premiership, having scored 17 times, earned a Scotland call-up and attracted a multi-million pound bid in the last transfer window, but Collins appears to have doubts.

The 2-0 Scottish Cup semi-final win over Dundee United followed a defeat to Hearts in last season's last four and losing to St Johnstone in this season's League Cup semi-finals. Kevin Nisbet and Christian Doidge got Hibs ' goals to set up a 22 May meeting with St Mirren or St Johnstone. Doidge was clearly offside when he struck Hibs ' second, but Dundee United manager Micky Mellon accepted his side lost to the better team. "Everybody knows it was offside," Mellon told BBC Scotland . "They are big moments that go against you and you've got to get them right.

Kevin Nisbet fired Hibs to the Scottish Cup Final then branded John Collins LAUGHABLE for calling him lazy.

The Scotland ace hit the opener for Jack Ross’s side in their 2-0 semi-final victory over Dundee United at Hampden.

Christian Doidge sealed their place on May 22 against either St Johnstone or St Mirren with a second-half strike.

Last week ex-Hibees boss Collins accused Nisbet of not working hard enough without the ball.

But the frontman insists that’s nonsense – because he’s had to graft his way to the top.

Nisbet said: “I read the comments and I don’t know what he’s thinking there. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I just ignored it – it doesn’t really matter to me.

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Kevin Nisbet joined Hibs last month from Dunfermline where he had scored 23 goals in 32 appearances. In West Lothian, he oozed confidence, alert to the chances being created by Daryl Horgan on the left wing. But in truth it was the Livingston players who were the let- down . They had nobody with the fight of Hibs ' Alex Gogic in midfield, far less a striker to match the sharpness of Nisbet . Dykes ran and harried but his two free-kick attempts from just outside the Hibs box were disappointing.

“I don’t think being lazy is something that could ever be labelled against me.

“From where I’ve come from, I’ve worked really hard in the last few years. In fact, I think it’s my worth ethic that’s got me here. For him to say that, it’s just laughable to be honest.

“I’m delighted today. We’ve lost two semi-finals this season and we didn’t want to have that feeling again, it was horrible.

a group of men playing a game of football: Kevin Nisbet celebrates after scoring to make it 1-0 to Hibs © SNS Group Kevin Nisbet celebrates after scoring to make it 1-0 to Hibs

“But we are through to the final and it’s up to us to go and win it now.”

Nisbet’s gaffer agreed with him and praised his striker’s attitude after Hibs reached the final.

Boss Ross said afterwards: “I know my players, I get to work with them every day.

“I know their strengths but I also know their weaknesses and the things they have to improve upon. I articulate that to them and they trust my opinion and judgement, that’s the one that matters to them.

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Hibs have Alex Gogic suspended and are also without the injured Chris Cadden but attacking players Jamie Murphy and Kevin Nisbet are available again after missing recent games. "The Scottish Cup still retains its romance for me," added Ross. "I grew up dreaming of lifting that cup as a player. I didn't do it as a player so I'd love to do it as a manager. "In reference to 2016, I know from the players who're still at the club how much that day meant to them and I think it's brilliant the competition itself is still viewed in that way in Scotland ."

Ryan Porteous and Kevin Nisbet have helped Hibs into fourth place in the Premiership. The 21-year-old Porteous has played 76 times for the first team since graduating from Hibs ' academy and earned his first call-up to the Scotland squad in 2019. "I explained to them that part of my job is to make them better and help them progress their career and hopefully they see this as an indication that they are going in the right direction and they are comfortable with their own individual situations," Ross said.

“He was good today Kevin, but he’s been good all season, so let’s talk young players up sometimes as well.”

Jack Ross wearing a suit and tie: Ross was delighted with Hibs' performance © SNS Group Ross was delighted with Hibs' performance

Ross was delighted to see off United and deservedly progress to the final. And he revealed that he’ll continue to wear his ‘lucky’ green jumper on May 22 in the hope of lifting the trophy.

The Hibs manager said: “I’m under pressure all the time to wear Hibs branded gear in the dugout and I am never going to do that.

“So I bought this a couple of weeks ago and thought, ‘it’s green, that’s a good starting point’. I actually wasn’t going to wear it today then decided to, so I am pretty sure it’s coming out on Cup Final day. It has to stay now.

“I know the club has been in semi-finals regularly but you have to be in them to win them or lose them. And in fairness we have kept coming back. In my time we have come back to three in a row and I would have taken any kind of win today.

“I wouldn’t have cared if we were rubbish but got into the final. But we were really good.

“We gave a performance that was reflective of us this season and I am so pleased for the players and staff. I’m so proud of them.

“I have pushed the players so hard this season to try and finish third and win a cup. They have had a brilliant season already but it could be an absolutely outstanding one.”

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