When all else fails, simplify?

Replacing McGinn, McGeouch and Allan was almost impossible, and so there was always going to be difficult transition. None of the players brought in are bad players, but equally none of them are as good as the players they are trying to replace. And as Lennon has tried to find the best combination, he has fallen into tinker-man role (HOW MANY CHANGES)

Perhaps Hibs would be best served by simplifying things a bit. Play a back four, with Whittaker or Mavrias deputising for Gray while he is injured.

In front of this back four, at home, why not just go for a straight forward 4-4-2 formation, with Boyle and Horgan attacking from wide, and Maclaren and Kamberi as a front two? Centre midfield would be between Milligan, Bartley, Slivka, Mallan and Hyndman.

Away from home or for tougher games, play Kamberi up-top on his own, with an extra man drafted into midfield to make a tight three.

Is Bartley the man to fill McGinn’s boots?

Obviously, Bartley is not as good as McGinn, but watching the team these last few weeks, I have begun to wonder whether it is actually McGinn’s physicality and energy that we are missing most?

Of all his wonderful play, the way he got about the park to shield the defence, harry and pressure the opposition was a major – if sometimes overlooked – part of his game. Defensively, he was very good.

Bartley can never replace his attacking ability, but in terms f covering ground and adding some muscle to our midfield, I wonder if perhaps he is the solution, at least in the short term?