07 Dec 18
The Scottish Sun
GARRY PARKER has told Hibs’ under-performing stars to shape up or ship out — and claimed they’ve caused the capital club to go BACKWARDS this season.
The Hibees’ winless run was extended to seven games with their 2-2 home draw with St Mirren on Wednesday night.
Garry Parker is furious with Hibs’ recent run
They’ve now slumped into the bottom six of the Premiership — having been second less than two months ago.
Parker, who is No 2 to Neil Lennon, admits his patience has finally run out following a string of below-par displays.
And he also warned that a host of players have just THREE WEEKS to save their Easter Road careers, with the winter transfer window looming large.
A furious Parker said: “They’re playing for their futures now.
“If you’re not performing, you don’t play and, if we have to bring players in, they really will be under pressure. We need to do something about this.
“We know what sort of players we need to bring in to play the type of football we want to play.
“We’ll need to speak to the board and hopefully get backing, because we do need to improve and better the squad.
“In the meantime, the guys here need to respond. We’re just not performing.
“We did at the start of the season, but now we’ve gone off the boil and are not playing well. At Kilmarnock last week, we were TERRIBLE.
“We came in here, got us out of the Championship, finished fourth last year — but we’ve gone backwards.”
Neil Lennon’s side have went seven games without a win
Some would say Parker is the good cop to Lenny’s bad cop.
And Parker himself admitted: “Neil is the scarier of the two of us, definitely!
“I try to keep it calm but recently it’s been getting to me, as you can tell. I’ve not slept for a couple of weeks now because these results are doing my head in.
“Recent results and performances caused the patience to snap. If they’re not doing what’s required time and again, then you have to take the harder approach.
“They played so well at the start of the season and they don’t become bad players overnight. So it is in there. They just need to start showing it — now.”
Misfiring hitman Flo Kamberi was in Parker’s sights following another low-key showing against the Buddies.
The big Swiss striker has now gone five games without finding the net, while Jamie Maclaren has scored just once since returning to the club.
While Parker wasn’t for pulling any punches is his damning assessment of Kamberi, he insists there is plenty of blame to go around.
He added: “You could say the same thing about both Flo and Jamie.
“Last season they did brilliantly for us and so we brought them back. Everybody was happy and we started off all right.
Parker hit out at Kamberi after the St Mirren draw
“But at the moment they’re going through a bad patch, so we need to turn it around.
“Flo has trained okay. We’ve spoken to him and some of the players have spoken to him as well. But it’s not just him, it’s everybody, from defence all the way through.
“Flo is an important player to us. When he’s up front and he’s on it, putting himself about, he’s a threat. He needs to get back to doing that.”
Oli Shaw was the beneficiary of Kamberi and Maclaren’s struggles against St Mirren.
He was drafted into the side and took his opportunity by notching his fourth goal of the season to end a four-month drought.
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The youngster insists there is a healthy sense of camaraderie as all the strikers aim to meet the lofty expectations Lennon and Parker set for them.
Scotland Under-21 star Shaw said: “The management team will pull individuals aside and tell them what they want from them and try to breed confidence in them.
“When the gaffer pulls you in, it’s always constructive. He tells you good things and negative things that you need to work on.
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“There is always pressure on attackers to score goals. That’s our job and, as a striker, you feel the pressure at times. Confidence is a big thing and if you’re not scoring goals your confidence levels drop.
“We stick together and help each other with our games.
“We work together every day, give each other praise and tell each other what we could be doing differently.”
Hibs will be without injured duo Paul Hanlon and David Gray against Accies, while midfielder Marvin Bartley is expected to miss out due to a hamstring strain.
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