McGre­gor des­per­ate to see

The Herald - Herald Sport - - SCOTTISH CUP FINAL - MATTHEW LIND­SAY

DAR­REN McGRE­GOR has urged Hibs to se­cure the ser­vices of man­ager Alan Stubbs on a long-term con­tract fol­low­ing the Easter Road club’s his­toric Wil­liam Hill Scot­tish Cup vic­tory.

Spec­u­la­tion about the fu­ture of Stubbs has been rife since Hibs failed to win pro­mo­tion to the Lad­brokes Premier­ship via the end-of-sea­son play-offs for the sec­ond sea­son run­ning ear­lier this month.

But McGre­gor, who was out­stand­ing in the dra­matic 3-2 tri­umph over Rangers at Ham­p­den on Satur­day, be­lieves his boss de­serves a new deal after lead­ing the Ed­in­burgh club to their first Scot­tish Cup in 114 years.

“I hope he stays,” McGre­gor said. “He’s a great man-man­ager and mo­ti­vates the guys re­ally well, but there is a line we can’t cross with him. The guys re­ally re­spect him.

“There’s al­ways spec­u­la­tion about his fu­ture be­cause he’s such a good man­ager and he could fit into any club re­ally well.

“I just hope he does stay. He’s got a year left on his con­tract and hope­fully he ful­fils that and builds for the fu­ture.”

Asked if Hibs should try to tie the former Celtic de­fender down on a new con­tract, McGre­gor said: “Leanne (chief ex­ec­u­tive Demp­ster) and Rod (chair­man Petrie) will be look­ing to do that.

“You look at the games we’ve lost with the last kick of the ball – we’ve been un­for­tu­nate in the League Cup Fi­nal

WHAT A LIFT: Easter Road boss Alan Stubbs ends 114 years of agony by lift­ing the Scot­tish Cup at last

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