Robinson has a foot in either camp

01 April 2011 02:30

Hearts forward Scott Robinson hopes Hibernian climb into the top half of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to keep his family happy.

The 19-year-old, Hearts' youngest player after making his debut shortly after his 16th birthday in April 2008, is aiming to be involved in Sunday's Edinburgh derby at Easter Road. Victory for Hearts would go some way to cementing third place behind Celtic and Rangers, while ninth-placed Hibs know a win is a must if they are to break into the top six in the four games before the SPL split.

Robinson said: "My mum's side of the family are all Hibs fans. They're all wishing me well, if I do play - they probably still want to Hibs to win but if I come on they'll want to see me do well."

He added: "Hibs haven't been doing well, but it would be great to see Hibs in the top six and there would be another derby as well. It's good for the league if Hibs are in the top six.

"As long as you can finish above them you're happy for them to be in the top six."

Hibs were considered relegation contenders in January but the close of the transfer window and the recruitment of six players has seen an upturn in fortunes. Hibs are on an unbeaten run of six games and ninth in the table, five points behind sixth-placed Motherwell.

"They're looking a good unit and looking very strong," added Robinson. "They've won five of the last six and it will be a very hard game."

Hearts, meanwhile, have stuttered. The form which led some to suggest they could split the Old Firm has disappeared and Jim Jefferies' men, winners of the first two derbies of the season, have one win in the last four games.

That victory came against St Mirren in their most recent fixture, when Robinson made his second appearance of the season as a half-time substitute. Robinson, who played in a 1-0 win for Hearts under-19s against Hibs on Tuesday, is eager to get another chance at Easter Road this weekend.

He added: "I would love to take any part, even coming on for 10 minutes. It's the biggest game of the season for the club and there will be a great atmosphere at Easter Road. It would mean everything to get a game on Sunday as I've never played in a derby. It would be a dream come true."

Source: PA