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'Huge failing' if Hibs miss out on top six

Missing out on the top six would be a "disaster" for Hibs and Nick Montgomery, say former Easter Road forwards Kenny Miller and Aiden McGeady.

The pair discussed where the Leith side stand after their comfortable win over Livingston on BBC's Scottish Football Podcast, saying their precarious position inside the top half must be held on to before the split.

Asked what it would mean if they were to finish outside the top six, Miller said: "I think it's a disaster, it's a huge failing.

"They're spending a lot more money than they've ever spent. Hibs were having to rely on other results last season, and it might be the same thing this season.

"What I would say is they're moving in the right direction at the moment. If they can get into the top six, you never know, they can maybe get the results to challenge for that last European spot. If they don't and they fall out of the top six, it's a huge failing for me.

McGeady was part of the side that crept into the top half on the final day of last season, eventually securing European football.

"Last season, they snuck in on the last day," the Ayr United winger said. "This year, you change manager and it's more of the same.

"Having been there last season, you see a couple of good results and then it's defeat, defeat, defeat. You're looking at the table going 'How are Hibs not in the top six or just in the top six?'. That's the concerning thing for me with Hibs."