ALAN STUBBS, the Hibernian manager, has emerged as a candidate to succeed Paul Lambert at Blackburn Rovers.

The Ewood Park club are searching for a new head coach after former Scotland and Celtic midfielder Lambert failed to get the assurances he wanted over the club’s plans for the future.

Stubbs knows current Blackburn assistant manager Alan Irvine from their time at Everton. Scotsman Irvine was assistant to David Moyes when Stubbs was a player at Goodison Park and it is understood that Blackburn wish to keep him on the staff.

Stubbs, meanwhile, has rallied behind Conrad Logan after the goalkeeper’s error denied the Leith side a crucial lead in their Premiership play-off semi-final with Falkirk.

The Irishman allowed substitute Bob McHugh’s 80th minute strike to squirm under him as the Bairns came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw in the first leg at Easter Road.

Logan, who has started the last five matches ahead of Mark Oxley, became an instant cult hero when his heroics against Dundee United at Hampden, including two penalty saves, helped Hibs reach the William Hill Scottish Cup final and Stubbs insists no-one is pointing the finger of blame at the 30-year-old.

“We feel for him,” said Stubbs. “By no means is this anything to do with one individual.

“He’s been great since he’s come in, so we’re not going to dwell on that too much.

“He’s disappointed and it’s a cruel place as a keeper when you make a mistake because when you’re an outfield player, you have another nine players that can help you.

“When you’re a keeper, the only thing that can potentially help you is the post or the crossbar.

“The most important thing is that you saw an unbelievable response from the players in the second half.”

Second half goals from Liam Henderson and Darren McGregor saw the Leith side fightback from Lee Miller’s opener before McHugh grabbed a late equaliser.

Hibs had Falkirk on the ropes for long stages and Stubbs reckons their display rubbished suggestions that they’re feeling the effects of an exhausting season.

“I thought they had a real tempo, an energy about them and that’s a team that people say fatigue is kicking in. I told people, I wish they’d listen. This team is not fatigued.”