“My missus is pregnant and we’re expecting a baby soon. So that was for her,” he said of the thundering 80th-minute strike that almost ripped a hole in the Easter Road goal net, but gave him his first Hibs goal and elevated his team to third place in the Premiership with a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock. “It’s something exciting for us to look forward to at the end of February.
“It’s a big week for us with the [Betfred Cup] semi-final, on Saturday, we need to win that. We’ve been there before and we want to take the next step this time and get to the final. And then the baby will be here. I’ve got it all planned out! I just hope it all goes like that. We’re having a girl. It’s our second and we already have a boy so we’re both happy!”
The rockabye baby celebrations for partner Chloe was unexpected given his lack of goals. And, they would not have been showcased if he had listened to colleagues who are more familiar with his abilities as a football marksman.
“The boys always say don’t shoot!” he explained. “That’s my first goal since I scored here for Hamilton last season.” That was almost a year ago, and he ended up on the losing side that day – but his latest contribution sealed all three points for his team.
“It was an important one, quite late on, and it was just good to get the win and the clean sheet.
“It’s easily the best goal I’ve scored – the other two were headers and I could have had another one of those with a header today but their goalkeeper made a good save and I thought ‘oh no not again’.
“But this was the first goal I’ve scored with my foot! It’s one to remember for sure.
“This win was important as we had a bit of a downfall with the results against Ross County and Livingston. At Celtic we played well and deserved a point but it was good to get the three points in this one.”
Now he just needs everything else to fall into plan.
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