Hanlon tells Hibs to keep feet on ground after draw

James Forrest and Paul Hanlon
Hanlon (right) had some tussles with James Forrest at Celtic Park

Hibernian defender Paul Hanlon has warned his team-mates not to get carried away despite their deserved draw at Celtic Park.

The 0-0 result came just three days after they were .

"When you've just been beaten 4-1 by them and to come here and get a draw, we're delighted with that," he said.

"Obviously you don't want to get carried away. It was a draw and we want to build on that."

The 21-year-old thinks the result can be the springboard they need after a difficult opening quarter to the season.

Indeed, the Edinburgh side have won only 13 of 48 games since Colin Calderwood took over from John Hughes a year ago.

Although Hanlon admits it was a positive point picked up in Glasgow, it will not matter if they do not beat Dunfermline next week.

However, he believes 10 points from their next four matches is a realistic target.

"I'd like to think we can kick-on from here," he said.

"It was tough to come back from that [the 4-1 loss] as it's a difficult place to come any time of the year.

"We're confident enough in our own ability to come to places like Celtic Park, pass the ball and get points.

"We've got a massive game coming up next against Dunfermline and we'll all be focussed and ready for that one.

"We've got two home games coming up that we want to get maximum points in, take it into the away games that follow and keep it going."

Hanlon praised the job manager Calderwood did in the wake of the heavy quarter-final Cup defeat and believes they can now make a push for the Scottish Premier League's top six.

"If you look at the league this season, everyone's beating everyone really. It's tight in the middle, so if you can go on a wee run then you can soon get yourself right up the table," he added.

"The manager has to take credit for the way he set us up. We had good runners all over the pitch, we had hard workers and it paid off against Celtic.

"The manager managed to lift the players as much as he could after Wednesday and got us all focussed on getting back to the league games."

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