Hibernian owner Ron Gordon is convinced there will be no repeat of the managerial error that ended the club’s slim hopes of progress in the Premier Sports Cup.
Lee Johnson’s team was already facing possible elimination in the group stage of the tournament after slipping against two rivals from lower leagues.
However, their fate was sealed on Thursday when they were accused of fielding suspended defender Rocky Bushiri in last night’s match against Morton, in which they drew 1-1 before losing on penalties.
The result was later changed to a 3-0 victory for the cinch championship team, ending any chance of Hibs finishing top of their group and capping a humiliating opening to the campaign for the championship team. premiership.
“The operations department booed,” Gordon said in a video call with various Hibs podcasts. “Something fell through the cracks. It’s a bit embarrassing.
“We are correcting it. I look at the improvements we’ve made and that’s one area where we’ve improved.
“Our operations department is better, but in this particular case they made a mistake. They feel terrible but if there is a consolation it is the fact that it does not affect anything.
“It does not change. It would have been very bad if we had won last night (against Morton) and been in a bad situation because of it (administrative error).
“I can assure you that it will not happen again.”
Gordon also expressed his frustration with the Premiership match schedule.
He is disappointed that Hibs’ first home game, on matchday two of the campaign, will be an Edinburgh derby against Hearts, as he feels his club will lose additional gate attendance revenue as a result.
“I don’t agree with that for a variety of reasons, if I’m being honest. For starters, we still have construction going on at the stadium,” she said.
“We’re not going to complete that on the West Stand until a couple of days before then.
“They knew that and they scheduled the biggest game of the season. I mean, honestly, who schedules a derby for opening day? You would never have Celtic-Rangers or Man City-Man United as your opening day.
“It doesn’t make any business sense, it kills your season ticket. It’s like ‘who does that?’
“I’ve already had this conversation with the league, it just seems absurd to me. But, in any case, that is our reality because once it is published, it is published.
“We have a great game and that puts us in a difficult position where we have to be ready to play those big games.
“Not only do we have Hearts, we have Rangers after that at home. I think the schedule is very, very poor.
“Opening day is, by default, a high attendance day. We get 2,000 to 3,500 people walking because it’s opening day and it’s a beautiful, sunny day. It’s a high attendance day and instead of having two (high attendance days) in the derby and opening day, it collapses them into one.
“You kill 4,000, 5,000 assists that you are not going to get. It’s nonsense.