Scottish Premiership - Butcher wants smiles on Hibs faces

New Hibernian boss Terry Butcher is hoping to send his players out with smiles on their faces, starting with Saturday's Scottish Premiership game against St Mirren in Paisley.

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Terry Butcher, Hibs manager (PA Sport)

Without a win or a goal in their last four matches, there has been little for anyone to enjoy around Easter Road in recent weeks.

However, Butcher, who moved from Inverness to Leith last week in the wake of Pat Fenlon's departure from the hot seat, is hoping to change that at the weekend.

He told Press Association Sport: "I am looking for a good reaction from the players - which I am positive I will get - and players going out and playing with a smile on their face and enjoying what they do.

"I am excited every morning I wake up, coming to the training ground, being with a group of players like we have and being at a club like this.

"We would have liked another three or four weeks because it has been like a pre-season and we could really have bedded things down.

"But you are very lucky to get time with your players during the season.

"We are excited with what we have got, there are one or two areas we need to work on which we will do but generally, we have been impressed by them.

"There are good characters here, players who want to win and score and their attitude and work-rate has been great."

Butcher is not surprised that the rejuvenated Buddies - who have won four out of their last five games and who will leapfrog the seventh-placed visitors with a victory - will be his first test as Hibs boss.

The former Motherwell boss said: "At the start of last season we played St Mirren away, the start of this season we played St Mirren at home and the start of my managerial reign at Hibernian will be St Mirren again.

"So they seem to be there on all the big occasions for me.

"We have won one and drawn one so hopefully we can get another victory on Saturday.

"I just can't wait now. The only thing now is to try to get some wins and climb the table.

"But they are hot and Danny (Lennon) has changed it around very well.

"There are some good players in that team.

"It has been very impressive, they are scoring goals and looking solid, a hard team to break down."

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