Pat Fenlon hopes Hibernian’s rest week will give his side an advantage against Aberdeen – but admits he would rather have been competing in the League Cup ties.
The Easter Road manager wants his team to attack the Dons from the off on Saturday after Craig Brown’s men travelled to Dunfermline on Wednesday for a last 16 tie.
Hibs were knocked out of the competition by Queen of the South in the previous round, giving them a midweek without competitive action.
Fenlon said: “I’d have preferred to be playing during the week instead of Queen of the South but it wasn’t to be.
“We’re hopeful that we’ll have recovered a little bit whereas it was a bit of travelling for them so we need to make sure we start positively up there.
“Going up there is always going to be difficult no matter what type of Aberdeen team it is.
“They’ve brought in some decent players this year.”
While Hibs continue to fly high in the SPL table, just a point off leaders Motherwell, Fenlon is not concerning himself with the form of the Lanarkshire men, nor of the champions Celtic who sit just behind with a game in hand.
For the former Bohemians boss in Ireland, steady progress remains the main goal for Hibs, despite their encouraging start to the campaign.
He said: “We had a tough season last year and the season before that so it is all about us improving.
“I don’t have time to be worrying about what’s going on at other football clubs I just want to concentrate on turning around this club into the club it should be.”