Hibs chairman Rod Petrie is starting to sound like a man who is worried that his club is about to drop out of the top flight. With six games to go to the end of the season, Petrie has issued an open message to fans to get right behind the club. Hibs are currently six points ahead of Dunfermline who are bottom of the SPL after five months with Pat Fenlon as manager after he replaced Colin Calderwood - who was sacked following just 12 wins in 12 months in charge. Petrie is confident the team is in better shape now than it was at the start of the season.
He said: "Your team needs you - it's as simple as that. If we do not rally to the cause no-one else will. Supporters will help determine how good an end to the season we have and the shape of the team for next season. We had a catastrophic 2011 to add to the problems in 2010. We made mistakes, I made mistakes. I am sorry. We have paid for these mistakes. That was then, this is 2012. We face the business end of the season with a stronger management team and a stronger playing squad than we had on the opening day." Petrie insists there is no need for Hibs to choose between SPL survival and success in the William Hill Scottish Cup this season. He went on: "This is not the league campaign we wanted. However, a semi-final tie against Aberdeen on April 14 has the potential to take us to a Scottish Cup final for the first time since 2001. This could yet be the season that all Hibernian supporters talk about for years to come. How can we make it happen? Support the team. There are some who want to talk us into looking down not up, even trading failure in the league for success in the cup. Now is the time for clear heads and calm nerves. We can succeed in both."