Based on our 3rd place finish for last season we should ideally be looking to match that once again. Failing that at least be competing for a European slot.
A long way to go but our form (bar the Rangers game) is currently bottom six standard. Not going to get any easier with the packed schedule and injuries/suspensions piling up.
Hypothetically, would we be willing to trade a place in the top 6 for a cup win? I'd say yes, these opportunities don't come around too often (three cup wins in my lifetime).
On current form yes I would as we havenít beaten Celtic in a Cup Final since the early 70 s ffs
But the problem is we have so many games before then ,with a small squad with injuries and Suspensions it might be too big an ask for that to be realistic
But also in the medium term we need a good transfer window and a return to winning ways If we ended up in bottom six we would rightly be asking why we failed to build on last season and questioning if the Manager was still right person for the job
I want us to be third place in Scotland and troubling the Old Firm every season. Qualifying for Europe where possible and looking to grow and push into European competition.
Domestic trophies don't do enough for our finances or for our profile as a club outside of Scotland. However, we should be looking to win them anyway as we are one of the biggest clubs entering them every year. That should be as well as the above not instead of.
It is high expectation not divine right but that is where we should be aiming.
I disagree with your final sentence as personally think any team outwith the uglies that wins a cup has had a good season regardless of finishing position in the league.
Yep, I've come round to that way of thinking as I get older. Previously I would have said a club of our size should be focusing on top 3 every season but I've come to realise that this only happened on a consistent basis in the post-war years and the 70s when we were not only challenging for the top three but for titles (and even winning them). The reality is that unless there is a almighty shift in what we can spend on players Hibs will by and large continue to have occasional high finishes but will mostly just tick along with the rest of the also-rans. It's not just the ability of the players which lies behind this, it's their mentality too. Most of them simply don't have the mental fortitude to really WANT to take the club to another level. If they did we wouldn't be so regularly beset by soul-sapping runs of defeats and instead of falling flat after a big win we would follow up by digging deep and winning the next, less glamorous one.
We're hardly alone in this respect, but a cup win can at least light up an otherwise mediocre season (which, if we're being honest, most of ours are).