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Fenlon feels weight of history

PAT FENLON is hoping that the hand of history can help steer Hibs to a Scottish Cup final triumph over Celtic on Sunday.

Three SPL wins in seven days have given the Edinburgh side the perfect build-up to Hampden with Fenlon plotting to end a 111-year jinx that has grown heavier with every passing year since the Scottish Cup last made its way to Easter Road.

A year ago, in his first season at the club, Fenlon found himself in a similar situation as he prepared for a Scottish Cup final date with Hearts.

But watching their city rivals lift the trophy and enduring the taunts of a 5-1 hammering added another chapter to Hibs' depressing Scottish Cup story with Fenlon fully aware of what a Cup win would do for the club.

"I probably didn't realise what the Scottish Cup meant to people in relation to the history of the club," he admitted. "I wasn't a Hibs fan as a boy but the longer you're here the more engrossed you get and the more people you meet.

"When I came in first I don't think I fully made the connection of what winning the Cup would mean to this place. I see it now, though. Jaysus, I see it.

"We're miles ahead of where we were 12 months ago, character-wise. The dressing room was awful when I got here.

"The ones we brought in are good fellas. They get on with their work.

"The victory over Hearts last week gives us a lot of encouragement."

David Wotherspoon scored the only goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over Dundee, with Fenlon expecting James McPake, Tim Clancy and Kevin Thompson back in full training tomorrow.