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Hibs’ international midfielder ‘Super’ John McGinn didn’t hold back with his comments after Friday’s derby victory at Easter Road.

All week the talk had been of Craig Levein’s statement about the ‘natural order’ of Edinburgh derbies ending in favour of Hearts, and whilst Neil Lennon described it as ‘irrelevant’ McGinn was less forgiving.

Whilst he conceded that the history books showed Hearts to have won the fixture more times that Hibs, McGinn insisted the ‘natural order’ for years to come will be Hibs’ victories if they can keep producing performances like that.

Hibs currently sit in fourth place, 12 points in front of their neighbours with a game in hand and it is inconceivable that they will not finish the season as the capital’s top club.

McGinn, like Lennon is not satisfied with that and both are looking to overtake Aberdeen and Rangers before the end of the campaign.

In addition, unless Motherwell or Kilmarnock win the Scottish Cup, there will be European football at Easter Road next season.

After the game McGinn told Luke Shanley of Sky TV: “Yes it did. I think if you bring the stats out Hearts have had more victories than Hibs in the Edinburgh derbies but we are not 80 or 90 and we’ve managed to change something in Edinburgh.

“In the past few seasons,  since I’ve been here,  we have only lost one and we have proved tonight what the natural order is and for years to come it’s going to follow that way if we keep putting in performances like that.

“I think you can see that the club is only going one way and Hearts better watch out because we are coming.

“There is no reason why we can’t push for second place. We had a great January window. We brought in strikers to give us a bit of a clinical edge in the final third

“Jamie (MacLaren) scored a great goal and Florian (Kamberi) has been banging them in so there is no reason if we play like we did tonight and in the last few games we can’t challenge and we can only try our best.