Ross County forward Brian Graham is well aware of the demands placed on today’s Premiership opponents Hibernian.
Graham helped Hibs win the Championship title under Neil Lennon in a 12-month stint at Easter Road, before the attacker moved on to English side Cheltenham Town in 2017.
Despite consolidating a top-half place in the last two seasons, Hibs have endured a tough start to the Premiership campaign and go into today’s game in 11th place, and without a league triumph since an opening day win over St Mirren on August 3.
Graham knows the Hibs support will be demanding better from Paul Heckingbottom’s side, and he said: “I had a great year there, winning the league with them. We got to the semi-final of the Scottish Cup that year as well, as a team in the Championship.
“I know what Hibs are like, they demand success. Obviously it’s not going particularly well for them at the moment,
“They have not won in eight league games, I think their fans are getting on their manager’s back.
“We’ve just got to put all that to the side and forget about them. We need to concentrate on ourselves and think about we need to do after the bad result last weekend.”
County were unfortunate to be held to a 0-0 draw against Hearts on their last trip to Edinburgh in August, and Graham says the Staggies travel to the capital with no fear.
The 31-year-old added: “When you go away to these places, you need to try and keep it tight for the first 15 or 20 minutes, and hopefully nick a goal.
“You want to try and turn the crowd and put a bit of pressure on the home players, because at places like that you don’t want them on your back early doors.
“We showed when we went to Hearts, we should have won the game that day.
“We went there and did extremely well in that game, and were very unlucky not to pick up the three points.
“They are two massive crowds in Edinburgh, so Hibs will be no different to the Hearts game.
“We are not fearful of going anywhere in the Premiership. We have started well, and we will go into every game confident of trying to get a result.
“That’s just the way this bunch of boys are, and that’s the way we will see it for the remainder of the season.”
Graham is eager for the chance to atone for last weekend’s painful 6-0 loss to Celtic at Parkhead, adding: “After a game like that we were just desperate for the next game – we were hoping for a midweek game to try and rectify it.
“We have had a good start to the season. Anybody could go to Parkhead and that could happen to them, but the manner it happened, losing so many goals in quick succession, was a bit hard.
“We will pick ourselves up and go again. If you look over the piece, we have started really well.
“We are not the only team that has gone there and got turned over – and I don’t think we will be the last if they keep playing like that.”