First Team

Rock solid

2nd November 2018

Michael Smith has praised his teammates for standing up and being counted in the wake of the club’s injury crisis.

Christophe Berra, John Souttar, Uche Ikpeazu and Steven Naismith have all suffered injuries that have sidelined them for a number of months, while Peter Haring was forced to sit out two recent games and Steven MacLean missed the Edinburgh derby through suspension.

The boys have rallied round, however, and played four games in the last ten days; beating Aberdeen and Dundee, drawing in midweek with Hibs and losing only once, in last week’s Betfred Cup semi-final against Celtic.

The Jambos face Celtic again this weekend and Michael has revealed that he feels confident lining up alongside his defensive teammates, which is an area that has seen many changes so far this season.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference today, he said: “I think everyone has to take responsibility.

“If you’re in the starting XI, you’re all out there to do a job, play football and win matches.

“These guys are a big loss. We started the season really well and we’re still playing really good football without them, so hopefully that continues.

“Both Jimmy and Clevid have been massive. Jimmy has been class since he came in and Clevid has had to wait his turn to come in, and he’s looked immense.

“I feel really secure at the back with those two. We’re conceded hardly any goals, apart from the Celtic game last Sunday, and I feel really positive about the back four at the minute.”

Michael’s pre-match press conference is available to watch in full by clicking here.