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Suzy Robertson admits that Hibernian's achievement of winning the Scottish league and cup 'double' has been a sweet one, and is setting her sights on making progress in Europe.
The Hibs captain paid tribute to her squad which is just one match away from emulating Arsenal's record south of the border - 22 wins from 22 games. "If we win this week against Glasgow City, we have a 100% record," Suzy told Women's Soccer Scene. "It has been really good this season and I have enjoyed it.
"We were written off at the start of the season because we had lost so many players during the summer but we kept quiet and did our talking on the pitch, and we answered our critics."
Despite having to replace players before the start of the season, the new arrivals made a huge impact and Suzy insists that the squad is now even better. "We brought in a lot of new players and had lost our forward line," she says. "We also had a lot of injuries but now we have a big, strong squad playing - in fact, I think we have one of the strongest squads we've had in the last few seasons. Anybody can come in and do a job and there are always good players on the bench for each game.
"Our two strikers have scored over 100 goals between them this season. Suzanne Grant has been in really good form recently and Kim Little has been excellent in her first season in women's football, and she is going to get better and better.
"Mandy Burns has had a steady season in the centre of midfield and is a key player for us and it was great to have Stacey Cook back from a cruciate ligament injury. She is a massive player for our team and she missed the European matches at the start of the season."
Hibs rounded off a memorable campaign by carrying off the Amicus Scottish Cup with a stunning 5-1 victory over title rivals Glasgow City in the Final. "I don't think anyone expected that!" laughs Suzy. "We played Glasgow a few weeks earlier and, although we beat them 2-1, there wasn't much in the game. To win 5-1 in front of a big crowd is something special.
"The standard in the league is getting stronger every year. The younger girls coming through nowadays are more advanced than they were a few years ago. People will look at our record and think that we have had it easy but we have had to work very hard for a lot of our wins and it is getting harder every year. Edinburgh Ladies have improved a lot and Newburgh are always up near the top of the league."
So what will Hibernian need if they are to try and repeat their feat next season? "The same attitude and more," replies Suzy. "We will need more than 100% effort as it will be harder.
"Our aim is to try and do it again and also to get through to the next stage in Europe, which no Scottish team has managed before. We got so close a few years ago when we won two of our three games and are looking forward to the challenge this time. We're going to carry on into Europe and I think that we have the right squad to do it."
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