Hibs were the first British club to compete in European competition back in 1955 and defender McPake hopes they can re-write that past as they look to qualify for the Europa League proper with the first of a two-legged fixture with Swedish side Malmo on Thursday.
"I know all about Hibs' history in Europe. I wasn't a Hibs fan when I came here but you learn," said McPake of the Hibs side which made it to the semi-finals of the 1955/56 European Cup.
"We want to have a successful Euro run and get our own pictures up on the walls.
"Hibs belong on this stage. I've said this club has underachieved recently and I stand by that after last season.
"European football is your aim.
"It's for the top clubs in your country and we are one of the top clubs in Scotland."