It was not all good news in the close season however. Young Kenny Miller’s departure was both feared and expected, and his reputation with Hibs fans inevitably suffered when the buyers were revealed. Still, it must be said that £2m for an uncapped 20 year-old is never an entirely bad piece of business (although Bill Alcorn of the Hibs Supporters Association was holding out for £5m). It’s just a shame that it had to be Rangers.
From The Scotsman 20 January 1990
And on 31 January, as Archibald appeared about to sign for Español, Hibs were enquiring about Ronnie Rosenthal. Rosenthal signed for Liverpool instead, for whom he turned out 74 times, scoring 21 times, before joining Spurs. Never a prolific scorer he may not have been the answer to Hibs’ striking woes, although it’s anybody’s guess how he might have coped with Scottish Premier defenders as opposed to English Premier ones.
Archibald, meanwhile, took a wrong turning and ended up in Paisley instead of Barcelona. He then wandered off into oblivion, clocking up another four different minor clubs in three seasons, winding up as player-manager at East Fife until 1997. In 2000 he re-emerged as manager of Airdrieonians in their terminal throes before liquidation in 2002, signing several Spanish players to play in the First Division, the most notable of whom was David Fernandez who went on to play for Livingston, Celtic and Kilmarnock.
You’d have thought perhaps that they might have been able to find a clean football for this photo opportunity…