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Hibernian have two chances to restore Premiership status

Terry Butcher is urging his Hibernian players to give everything they can in their final two matches of the season.

The Edinburgh club meet Hamilton Academical in a two-legged relegation/promotion play-off series which begins at New Douglas Park on Wednesday night.

Hibs have not won since February 15, losing 12 of their past 17 league outings, but Butcher is imploring his side to find something tonight and in the return leg at Easter Road on Sunday in order to retain their status in the Scottish Premiership.

"It's not about momentum as far as we're concerned," said Butcher. "This is a whole new competition.

"It's a two-match competition now. You don't look at what's gone on before. It's about what we can do in these two matches.

"We've had 10 days to prepare. Hamilton have played two games of course, but we've had a little bit of a break at the end of the season, having played three games in the last week of the domestic season.

"So it's been good for us I think. We've had a chance to regroup, get over the huge disappointment of finishing where we are, and now we've got two second chances if anything.

"We've got two chances to have a go and make sure we stay in the Premiership."

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