Scottish Premiership play-off preview: Hamilton take on Hibernian
Hibs boss Terry Butcher will run the rule over Kevin Thomson before naming his starting XI against Hamilton tonight.
Last Updated: 21/05/14 10:41pm
The Easter Road side go into the first leg of their Premiership play-off having won just one game in 18 and Butcher is hopeful the former Scotland midfielder will have recovered from a thigh strain in time for the New Douglas Park clash.
But he will have to take on the in-form Accies without the services of defender Paul Hanlon who misses out through a knee injury.
Despite their poor run of form, Butcher is convinced his players are in the right frame of mind to preserve their top-flight status.
"They are fired up because we are in a position we don't want to be," he said. "This game is not about my managerial career, it's about the future of this club."
Accies counterpart Alex Neil has no injury concerns, reporting a clean bill of health after the 2-1 aggregate victory over Falkirk which secured their play-off berth.
On the prize at stake should they overcome their Edinburgh rivals, Neil said: "My boys deserve the chance to play in the Premiership. They need to reach that league to test themselves.
"A lot of them have shown in this year's Championship that they are right up there with the best in the league.
"And they can take inspiration from former players James McCarthy, James McArthur and Brian Easton who have all gone on to play on a bigger stage."
Watch Hamilton take on Hibs live from New Douglas Park from 7.30pm on Sky Sports 1 this evening.