Why ex-Hibs ace Liam Henderson has Rangers' Andy Halliday to thank for his 2016 Scottish Cup exploits

Ex-Hibs ace Liam Henderson has revealed the significant part Rangers' Andy Halliday played in the Easter Road side's famous 2016 Scottish Cup win.

Liam Henderson assisted twice in the 2016 Scottish Cup final. Picture: SNS

The Hibees came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 with goals from Anthony Stokes and David Gray in the final ten minutes of the game at Hampden Park.

Assisting both of the goals was Liam Henderson, the 70th-minute substitute.

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The on-loan Celtic midfielder had to bide his time on the bench until Halliday had put Rangers ahead moments before the switch for Liam Fontaine.

Henderson told 90MinuteCynic said: "Before the game I knew I was going to be on the bench because we played Rangers in the league maybe three weeks or two weeks before the actual cup final and we played a 3-5-2 and we won the game.

"We went a wee bit more defensive against them and it worked. I might be on the bench in the cup final and I just had to be ready.

"As soon as Andy Halliday scored the goal to make it 2-1 Stubbs straight away 'Liam get warmed up'. I need to come on and make an impact here.

"One of the good things about Stubbs was he always told me, as soon as I came into Hibs, work on your free-kicks, work on your corners because if you can get that in your locker then it is a serious weapon.

"The day before a game we would do set plays and the gaffer would say 'Hendo, you go whip them in." I must have took 350 corners or more in training that season.

"I knew I was well prepared and I knew we had players who wanted to attack the ball. So I knew if I managed to get it into a good area someone would manage to get their head on it and Dave got his baldy napper onto it and it was a great header."