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Doyle insists Hibs can be best of rest

EOIN Doyle sees no reason why Hibs shouldn't be challenging for second place in the SPL.

The former Sligo Rovers striker scored for the third game running on Saturday when Hibs beat Dundee 3-0 to claim top spot for 24 hours.

Celtic's 1-0 win over Hearts yesterday courtesy of a first-half strike from Georgios Samaras restored Neil Lennon's side to top spot but after joining a relegation battle last season Doyle is confident that Hibs have turned the corner.

"I don't see why we can't stay up near the top at least," the striker said. "We've played the majority of teams now and have done reasonably well, there's nothing that has really frightened us.

"We've gone to Celtic Park and got a result (a 2-2 draw), which is a big plus, something to give you confidence that you can do it.

"It's very early in the season and I'm sure after Christmas we'll look into it more, but it's important to be fighting up there, because this is a big club that, over the last few seasons, has been very much under-achieving.

"We'll all be judged at the end of the season. I'll be surprised if Celtic don't win it, to be honest, but we'll keep pushing ourselves.

"We've had chances to go top of the league and slipped up.

"Against Dundee we put that right, and put a statement out there, letting everyone know we'll be there challenging."