Fenlon In The Dark
Pat Fenlon wants to look ahead but is stuck waiting for news on Leigh Griffiths' future
Hibs manager Pat Fenlon is still in the dark as to whether he will be able to call on the services of Leigh Griffiths next season. Griffiths fine form was rewarded by being named the Scottish PFA young player of the year last weekend. Understandably, Hibs are keen to hang onto a player who has provided the majority of their goals this season. However, Griffiths is on loan from Wolves and they have a one-year option on his contract and will decide whether he returns to Molineux. Griffiths was said to have returned down south this week to discuss the Midlands club's plans for him but Fenlon was no clearer on the situation ahead of Sunday's game against Hearts.He said: "We've done as much as we can as a club and everybody knows where we stand on it and what we want to do. But he's a Wolverhampton player and they will decide what happens. I haven't spoken to anybody there to be honest and they don't have a manager at the moment so that's a difficult scenario for them. We have him on loan and we would be delighted to have him for another season if possible but we will just wait and see where that one goes."Fenlon would love to see Griffiths scoring against Hearts on Sunday, having scored against them earlier in the season. He added: "He is a Hibs fan so it's probably a little bit more extra special for Hibs supporters to be scoring against their biggest rivals. We'd love to see him do that at the weekend if possible."Hearts had dominated in this fixture but games between the Edinburgh sides have been much closer this season, since Hibs' 5-1 capitulation in the Scottish Cup final. The records show three draws and one win for Hibs and only three goals scored over the four game. Fenlon said: "We have improved. Hearts probably won the games too easily last season and we have made them more competitive this year. We have won one and the other three have been drawn. They have been decent games but you'd like see maybe a little more football in them. They are probably so intense and fast and frantic that the football probably suffers a little bit but hopefully that will change come Sunday."Looking ahead to another Scottish Cup final - this time against Celtic - Fenlon knows there are plenty of incentives for Hibs players in the remaining games. Fenlon said: "There are places to be played for in the cup final. You don't know what happens between now and then with injuries and everything else. It's important that when players get an opportunity to play that they take it and they make it as difficult as possible for me not to play them in the cup final."
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