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Hibernian - heading back to the big time?

Hibernian fans celebrate on the pitch at the end of the match after winning the Scottish Cup Final

Under the guidance of new manager Neil Lennon, Hibernian fans will be expecting to sing 'Sunshine on Leith' all the way back to the top division.

Managing in the second tier of Scottish football may not be seen as the best career move for a former Celtic and Bolton boss, but when Hibernian came calling, Neil Lennon didn't think twice.

Previous Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs left for Rotherham United in June, after the club had won a first Scottish Cup in 114 years. The main task Stubbs was asked to achieve last season, however, was beyond his reach, with the team losing out in the play-offs to Falkirk.

Promotion from the Scottish Championship will be the main goal again this season, and Lennon is expected to deliver at the first time of asking - more so now that Rangers are back in the big time. Dundee United, Dunfermline and Falkirk will try to make it tough, although Hibernian remain one of the biggest clubs in Scotland, with budget, facilities, and - most importantly - a squad that is quite capable of gaining promotion this term.

In Lennon, Hibernian possess a manager who has proved himself at the top in Scottish football. He will develop and motivate a squad which includes the likes of John McGinn, who was named player of the season and Jason Cummings, a striker on many clubs' radars.

Having a point to prove following his inglorious exit from Bolton (notwithstanding the challenges there), the Hibernian manager will be anxious to rebuild his reputation and quickly move the club forward. And supporters have already responded, with season ticket sales said to be doing good business.

Taking 10-time Danish champions Brondby IF all the way to penalties in their Europa League 2nd qualifying round tie in mid-week is bound to set an optimistic tone around Leith just two weeks before the League campaign gets underway.

The signs are promising at Easter Road, and there's a strong expectation that Hibernian are heading back to the big time.

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