FENLON BEGINS FINAL PREPARATIONS
Pat Fenlon is confident he will have a full squad to choose from as Hibernian make their final preparations this week for Saturday's Scottish Cup final showdown against fierce rivals Hearts at Hampden.
The Hibees boss made eight changes to his side from the one that overcame Dunfermline to secure Clydesdale Bank Premier League safety for Saturday's trip to inverness.
With minds drifting towards the clash between the two Edinburgh clubs in Scotland's premiere cup competition, however, Hibs lost 2-0 with second-half goals by Greg Tansey and then Jonny Hayes from the penalty spot giving all three points to Caley Thistle.
Fenlon conceded that the Scottish Cup final had possibly proven to be a distraction for their final game of the SPL season, but he has now taken his squad, which has no fresh injury concerns, away to Dublin in an attempt to ready his players for Saturday.
He said: "It will be good to get away and work with the team for a few days.
"The good thing is we don't seem to have anyone struggling. Matt Doherty had to come off against Caley Thistle, but he should be okay.
"We gave a half each to Garry O'Connor and Leigh Griffiths and neither of them picked up a knock, so we should have virtually a full squad to pick from."
Caley Thistle manager Terry Butcher was pleased his side managed to sign off what has been a difficult campaign with a win.
The challenge now for Butcher is to try and keep his squad together - a task that will not be easy given 12 players are currently approaching the end of their contracts.
He said: "It's going to be a busy few weeks for me now.
"I've got to speak to the players who are going to be out of contract and I will start doing that this week.
"I want to keep this group of players we have together because if we can do that then we'll hit the ground running next season."
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