Hibernian boss Fenlon demands team effort ahead of Scottish Cup Final

The Hibs' manager denied the notion his team are over-reliant on talisman Leigh Griffiths as he praised the recent performances of his young players ahead of Sunday's final
Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon insists his team cannot rely solely on top goalscorer and SPL Player of the Year Leigh Griffiths if they are to win their Scottish Cup Final against Celtic on Sunday.

The striker, on loan from Wolves, has netted 28 goals in 42 games for Hibs this season, five of those coming in the competition that draws to its conclusion with their clash against league champions Celtic.

Fenlon, however, is adamant his side have more to their game than the goalscoring exploits of Griffiths, as the 44-year-old boss looks to make up for the 5-1 defeat doled out by rivals Hearts in last year's final.

"To beat Celtic, we've got to have most of our players on their game. It's really important. Leigh doesn't score goals on his own, they don't just happen," he told reporters.

"We've got to have everybody involved and contributing to the goals, whether it's attacking wise or defensive wise.

"We've got to make sure everybody gets to a level of performance that befits the game as well. That was the disappointing thing last year, the performance.

"I think we've had an attacking threat. A lot was made of 'if Leigh doesn't score then we don't score' but we have put that to bed over the last few weeks.

"The young boys coming into the team have been a breath of fresh air to be honest. They have been fantastic. They have no fear, they just want to go and play matches."