My first duty today is to wish everyone here a happy 1974 and; to hope that more teams put the emphasis on attacking football this year. That is the only way to entice people to support the game and Hibs will be doing their bit in this direction. We showed the way in our last home game against Morton. The team produced fascinating football in the mud and rain and thrilled the fans judging from the reception given to the players at the end of the game. Morton helped to make it a spectacle by deciding on a
positive approach when they might have been tempted to pack their goal area. Anyhow, that is past and we should have loads of entertainment this afternoon since Hearts have made an impact this season by concentrating on attack. They proved their ability in the first League meeting with Hibs by scoring four goals and I certainly don’t want that to happen again. My players are out for revenge, naturally, but they seek the two points to keep in close pursuit of Celtic, for the eventual destination of the championship could hinge on the results over the New Year period. This is a vital game for both Hibs and Hearts and the winners should make headway in the League competition. I hope and believe that Hibs will win but it is important, too, that the Edinburgh teams produce a display that encourages the fans to keep coming back.