HIBS and their new boys, Lee Power and Paul Tosh, hope to make a bright start to their new association when they meet Aberdeen at Easter Road today.

The pair, bought from their manager, Jim Duffy's old club, Dundee, will go straight into action as the Edinburgh side tackle the last six matches which will decide their future or otherwise in the premier division.

''It is important for us to get victories now and home games give us the best chance, ' said Duffy.

''The whole team needed freshening up because we are not scoring enough goals. We played well enough against Hearts but the old failings, not creating enough chances, and not taking the ones we made, were still there.''

Aberdeen, who have signed a #1m four-year kit deal with Puma, still harbour hopes of making it into a European place this season. They received a boost yesterday when five of their rising stars were included in Scotland's Under-21 squad to face Estonia and Austria.

Assistant manager Tommy Craig, who is also in charge of the Under-21s, although the side is chosen by manager Craig Brown, said: ''This is an enormous compliment to the club, as all of them are there on merit. They are the foundations on which we will build.''

Winger Joe Miller is ruled out with flu and joins Paul Bernard, Duncan Shearer, Ilian Kiriakov, and Darren Young on the sidelines, while striker Billy Dodds is still suspended.

However, defender John Inglis is available after a three-game ban. Youngsters Michael Craig, Malcolm Kpedekpo and Dennis Wyness are in the squad.

Motherwell have Kevin Christie in line for his debut against Hearts at Fir Park.

Three months ago he was an Aberdeen reserve, then joined East Fife and now, after his #10,000 move, sets off in the premier division.

Hearts have Stefano Salvatori back after suspension.