RONALD Gordon believes finishing third in the Premiership will be a significant accomplishment for Hibernian this season - but he still wants the Easter Road club to split the Old Firm in future.

Jack Ross’s side are six points clear of fourth-placed Aberdeen in the Premiership table with just five league games remaining.

Gordon, the Peru-born businessman who bought the Edinburgh club in 2019, has been pleased with how the 2020/21 campaign has gone.  

“I think it’s a great achievement,” he said. “But I don’t think we should ever not have more ambition. As a club, we will always have more ambition.

“But we have to go one step at a time. Finishing third is an accomplishment for sure. It is fantastic. But, again, it is not in the bag. We need to finish the job. But if we do finish third? Major accomplishment.

“Cup performances in the last year and a half, certainly since I have been at the club, have been fantastic so we are very grateful for that and proud of that.

“But if we can finish in the top two? Why not? That is what we want to do. We don’t ever want to not have ambition.”

Meanwhile, Gordon, who invested a seven figure sum in Hibs when he bought out Sir Tom Farmer two years ago, revealed he is optimistic of receiving a substantial insurance pay-out.

“We have a very good insurance policy but getting money out of the insurance companies is a little trickier than you would think,” he said.

“But I think we have a very good claim. So, my feeling is we’re going to be reimbursed for a significant amount of our losses.

“Last year at this time at the AGM we had zero debt and we were sitting with £6m in the bank. That was a great position to get us launched into our strategic plan.

“As of December we were sitting with £2.6m. So we went through a whole bunch of money. We were able to recoup some of that so we have £3.3m or something like that. Our goal is going to be to replenish that as quickly as we possibly can.”