Hibs can finish second says Ryan McGivern

On-loan Manchester City defender Ryan McGivern believes Hibernian have what it takes to finish second in the Scottish Premier League this season.

Hibs narrowly avoided relegation from the top flight last term.

But, asked if Hibs could stay near the top - they lie equal second, the 22-year-old said: "I don't see why not.

"I watched last season and know they had a bit of a tough time, but getting to the cup final was good and the start of the season's been exceptional."

Reigning champions Celtic are on the same points as Hibs, just behind Motherwell, but the Glasgow side are expected to retain the title with Old Firm rivals Rangers having been consigned to Division Three after financial problems.

Obvioiusly with Rangers not being in the league this year, there's an incentive for all the clubs in the league to battle for second place and there's no reason why we can't push on and be amongst that.

"It is like the Championship, it is all to do with consistency," the Northern Ireland international who spent last season on loan to Crystal Palace then Bristol City told BBC Scotland.

"If you get a good consistency going and a good run of games, and be hard to beat, I think we've got the chance to do very will this season."

McGivern says that fellow internationals James McPake and Dean Shiels, now with Rangers, had helped persuade him to head for Easter Road.

"I spoke to James McPake, the captain, at one of the last internationals and he told me how good the club was and what the city's like and the fans," he recalled.

"Dean Shiels as well said good things about the club as well. Those two helped me make my decision.

"It is a new challenge for me. The SPL's a really competitive league and it's a chance to have a fresh start and it really excited me.

"When I knew the club was interested and I looked at the table and seen they were right up there, and with the 2-2 draw away to Celtic, I know I've come to a good club."

McGivern's contract with the English champions ends next summer and he would consider extending his loan spell with Hibs.

"I'm in my last year, I'm here until January and I'm not really thinking of long-term at the minute," he said.

"If we were in a good position towards January time, obviously that would be appealing to me.

"I've just come up here to get some games under my belt, hopefully do well and see what happens in January.

"It is the chance to put myself in the shop window."