Women's Sport: Dean Gibson promoted to Hibernian first team Head Coach

Hibernian have promoted Dean Gibson to the role of first-team Head Coach, having previously been in charge of their under-23 side.

Gibson replaces Grant Scott, who left his the role in December due to him thinking the women’s team were not affiliated with the men’d team enough. 

The new Head Coach has been within Hibs set-up for a significant period of time, having also been their under-15s coach. During this time he led his side to a domestic double, winning the league and cup.

“There are very good players in this team, some of the best in the country,” Gibson told Hibs’ website.

The club finished second to Glasgow City last season, and unlike Rangers and Celtic in the 2020 campaign, will remain a non-professional club.

The Edinburgh-outfit is currently run by Hibernian’s Community Trust Foundation.

Gibson faces a challenge of recruiting new players, with Jenna Fife, Chelsea Cornet, and Cailin Michie all leaving the club.

Despite the departures, he has insisted he is “happy with the squad,” and believes “we’ve still got some of the best players in the country. There are also good players that have come up through the academy.

“However, we could consider bringing in one or two players to help strengthen the depth of the squad.

“There’s still a team there that can go and compete. But, if we want to do that, we need to have the depth to cope with any injuries.”

He has expressed his delight of becoming the club’s new Head Coach stating the following:

“To be given the opportunity to go now go on to the first team is a proud moment for me,” he said. “What appeals to me about Hibernian is how the club operates and what we try to achieve – we always identify young players with talent.”

Hibs play their first game of the 2020 season on February 23 at Ainslie Park, with Spartans being the visitors.

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