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Slivka obviously reads this forum.You state you would prefer Darren when fit to Paul. That's fair enough in itself. But Darren is nowhere near match fitness yet and so that will take a wee bit time, with him probably being subbed in his first coupla games to compensate for this. I can assure you I want Darren to be fit and playing for us for another coupla seasons but I doubt if that will happen.
We are undefeated in the League since the Gunts game here. The only defeat we have suffered in that time was from Smellies... in the League Cup semi-final - when as you well know, Hanlon and Jackson were our central defenders, our midfield was simply overrun by Smellies... because of our lack of dig and James chose to play his worst game for us. But, just as crucially, young Porteous wasn't playing due to suspension, and he is proving to be one of the best leaders we've had for a long time. But - and it's a big but - apart from about twenty minutes against Smellies... in the League until he got injured, Jackson hasn't shown anything near the kind of quality we would need to oust Hanlon from the team. And I was one of the people (easily checked back though the threads) who suggested Jackson be given a chance to prove his worth, at exactly the same time we were beginning to see how poor were most of PHB's signings. But, another one, I also believe that each and every one of PHB's signings should be given a fresh start and fair chance by Jack Ross, including Vela, to see if they are capable of playing better under a new system. And that doesn't mean that we drop Hallberg to see what Vela can do, far from it. And so as far as Hanlon is concerned, if there were another defender who could step up at the moment and dislodge him, then fair enough - but there isn't! As simple as that. I can see your point where you think Hanlon isn't playing well enough - but that is countered by other fans who think he is indeed holding his own. Again, easily checked, I suggested last week that after the St Mirren game that Slivka should be replaced, and @1875 partially agreed, but tempered that by saying replaced by whom? Who's available? And then, just to prove an individual (me) can get it slightly wrong on a player's ability, Slivka goes and plays his best game ever in a Hibs jersey! Opinions, eh?