John Potter recalls Hibs as deputy manager insists Capital club is not a big game bottler
Hibernian deputy manager John Potter has dismissed any suggestion that the Edinburgh club have a mentality issue when it comes to big games.
Jack Ross’s side lost two semi-finals and one final last season despite being favorites in all three games.
This has raised concerns among fans as to whether the team is equipped to deliver when the pressure is at its highest.
Hibs are preparing to reach their fourth straight semi-final under Jack Ross and Potter, facing Dundee United at Tannadice in the Premier Sports Cup quarter-final on Thursday.
Potter dismissed any suggestion that there was a psychological barrier preventing the team from crossing the line.
The Easter Road assistant was asked if he thought Hibs had a mental block with the big games, he replied: “No, not at all. We won a lot of big games. You don’t finish third. league and semi-finals and finals without winning big games I think people sometimes forget that games are tough – other teams are also trying to beat us.
“We’ve actually won a lot of cup games. You actually have to get to the quarter-finals and the semi-finals to be able to win the thing.
“There were some good times last year because we got to the last stages of the tournaments and, if you want to win it you have to do it. Thursday is another chance to get to Hampden so hopefully that we can earn it. “
Hibs played at Hampden four times last season – in the 2020 Scottish Cup delayed semi-final, League Cup semi-final and Cup semi-final and final Scotland 2021 – with no fans attending any of these matches.
Hibs welcomes forward James Scott again and Potter hopes his side can overtake United on Thursday and earn his supporters a long-awaited return to the national stadium.
He said: “We have players who won cups at Hampden and players who went there and were disappointed. The most difficult last year was that there were no fans in the stadium. so we’d love to go to Hampden and see 20,000 to 30,000 Hibs fans there, that would be a great thing, so hopefully we can.
“There will always be expectations of Hibs. We are a big club in Scotland and expect to finish at the top of the league and win cups.
“We think we have the opportunity to do it. We had opportunities last year. We did relatively well in the league and got to the semi-finals and the finals, and now we want to win it. to do this, we have to win Thursday night. “