First team football means “a great deal” to Hibs’ Mackie


Mackie is enjoying life at Hibs (Credit: Luke Barry)

Hibernian left back Sean Mackie admits that first team football is a “massive step up” from Under-20s but playing means a “great deal” to him.

The 20-year-old has seen his first team opportunities increase due to the injury of Lewis Stevenson, including a start in Hibs’ 2-0 defeat at Celtic on Wednesady.

Mackie revealed that playing at this level is “less about performance” and more about getting a win.

“It means a great deal to me, obviously it takes time and I just had to keep working hard in the under 20’s and see what happened after that,” he said.

“I’ve had a little bit of a break and I feel like I have done well recently when given the chance”

“It is a massive step up from the under 20’s into the first team as you would expect. But I have found that at this level it is less about performance and almost all about getting the three points, by whatever means necessary.

“It is definitely better to put in a good performance as well but the only essential to come away from the match day with the win.”


Despite the uncertainty around the club’s manager, Mackie is enjoying his time at Hibs and says everyone must focus solely on what happens on the pitch.

“Honestly I am trying to think about it [the lack of manager] as little as possible,” he said.

“Obviously you are going to think about it from time to time but it is important that my main focus always is playing football.

“If you are involved as a player you just need to perform – that’s your job. At the end of the day we can’t really influence what is happening off the field.”

“There’s a lot of experienced players in the squad that I can go to for advice about anything, whether it is football related or not. Having guys like that around always helps in times like this.”

Hibernian host Raith Rovers tomorrow in the Scottish Cup, and concedes most of the pressure is on the Edinburgh side.

“I think most of the pressure is put on by ourselves because we know exactly what needs to be done in order to get the result – it is just a case of going out and doing it on Saturday [tomorrow].

“It is ideal being drawn at home because no matter what the game is like the fans will have our back. Hopefully we get the result we want and can take that onto the next league game.”

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