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Struggling Hibs bolster defence with McPake loan

23 Jan 2012 19:16:34

Struggling Hibs bolster defence with McPake loan

Struggling Scottish Premier League side Hibernian moved to strengthen their defence on Monday by signing defender James McPake on loan for the rest of the season from English Championship side Coventry.

The 27-year-old Scottish central defender has found few opportunities at second tier Coventry following a series of injuries and despite the club being bottom of the Championship has not seen his fortunes improve.

McPake, who joined Coventry from Scottish side Livingston in 2009, will be looking to improve Hibs' woeful record which sees them as the second worst defence in the league having conceded 41 goals in 23 matches.

Hibs have not been relegated from the SPL since they were promoted in the 1999 season but the four-time champions - the last time in 1952 - are presently second from bottom, only a point above the sole relegation spot occupied by Dunfermline.

"I'm really pleased to be on board with Hibs and can't wait to get started - I'll be counting the days until the match at Ibrox," said McPake, referring to Saturday's game against champions Rangers.

"Ever since I moved down the road I've watched a lot of SPL football and cannot believe a club of Hibernian's size are in the position they're in.

"In order to get us back on the right track we've got to give everything in every match, something I'm planning to do.

"That starts at Rangers on Saturday and if I'm selected I will hopefully add a wee bit of steel and commitment to our defence. We need to be harder to break down and I will be doing everything I can to make that happen."


AFP

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