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Loan Watch: McGivern’s Hibs climb to SPL summit

Loan Watch: McGivern’s Hibs climb to SPL summit
Celtic’s Champions League hangover opens the door for City loanee’s team to take top spot.

City and Northern Ireland defender Ryan McGivern was in a buoyant mood after his Hibernian side clinched a third-successive win to see off Dundee United.

Dundee’s Rudi Skacel had worn no.51 on the back of shirt, a reference to Hearts win over Hibs in the Scottish Cup last season but McGivern’s side were to have the last laugh.

“To be honest, he can do what he wants. He was on the losing side. If he has to do that to get a reaction out of the fans, then let him,” said McGivern, “we sent them home happy with the three points.”

Elsewhere, Abdisalam Ibrahim scored his third goal for Stromsgodset but it was still a disappointing day for the Ghanaian midfielder after his side surrendered a 1-0 lead, losing 2-1 to Sandes ULF.

That defeat means that it’s mathematically impossible for Ibrahim’s side to deny the Eliteserien holders Molde a second successive title with a game to go.

There was more bad news for Roque Santa Cruz who was unable to inspire Malaga to a home win over Real Sociedad.

Roque was introduced as a second half substitute for the side that clinched qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League last week but they went down 2-1 and remain fifth in La Liga.

One man who is clearly flourishing in his loan spell is Emyr Huws who was a key figure in Northampton Town’s 4-2 away win over Accrington Stanley.

Huws played the 90 minutes and provided a vital assist when the score was poised at 2-2 with a lovely cross which Adebayo Akinfenwa converted with a diving header.

Accrington Stanley 2-4 Northampton Town highlights.

Wayne Bridge is being assessed after picking up a calf injury in Brighton's entertaining 3-3 draw with Wolves.

Jeremy Helan did not enjoy a pleasing Saturday after fouling Moses Odubajo to concede a penalty in Shrewsbury Town’s 2-1 defeat to Leyton Orient.

Reece Wabara’s Oldham Athletic also tasted defeat after a 1-0 home loss to league leaders Tranmere Rovers.

The City defender went closest to finding an unlikely equaliser with a long-range injury time strike that brought the very best out of Fon Williams in the Tranmere goal.

To round up the rest of City’s loanees, Dedryck Boyata continues to serve his suspension for a red card last time out, Omar Elabdellaoui was an unused substitute for Feyenoord and Mohammed Abu was left out of the squad for Rayo Vallecano at the weekend.