Easter ROAD kid Ross Caldwell is aiming to make a late bid for Scottish Cup glory after claiming his first goal for Hibs.
The 19-year-old stepped off the bench on Saturday to score with virtually his first touch to put Pat Fenlon’s side ahead for a second time against St Mirren, although the Edinburgh club were eventually forced to settle for a 3-3 draw with top scorer Leigh Griffiths taking his tally for the season to 27, seven of which have come against the Buddies.
Hibs boss Pat Fenlon revealed he’d told Caldwell to “give me a headache” and a reason to give him further game time in Hibs’ three remaining SPL matches before the cup final against champions Celtic as the strapping youngster replaced Eoin Doyle.
Within seconds, Fenlon had his answer and now Caldwell, who can count just one start among his 16 appearances in a green-and-white shirt this season, is determined to give his manager more food for thought if given the chance.
He said: “It’s up to me really, I need to play well to impress the gaffer. If I can go out and do what I did then it is going to be hard for him to say ‘no,’ so I just have to keep chapping his door every time I get on.
“A place in the squad for the cup final would be brilliant, but there’s three games between now and then and I am looking forward to them first.”
Caldwell revealed he could remember little about his big moment, although he admitted he was taken aback at just how quickly he found himself on the scoresheet. He said: “It all happened that quick. As soon as I went on, I got the chance.
“Sparky [Griffiths] told me he was at my side, but I didn’t see him. I just took a touch, looked up and saw the goal.” Caldwell’s celebrations were somewhat muted as he contained his emotions but he disclosed: “Inside I was buzzing. I was so excited to get my first goal.”
Danny Handling and Alex Harris, team-mates from Hibs’ Under-20 side, may have beaten Caldwell to that achievement this season but he insisted he was in no way jealous at seeing the pair, who had started against St Mirren, enjoying an extended first-team run
He said: “It’s not been frustrating at all, I’ve been really happy for them. It’s not as if they have taken over from me. Eoin and Leigh have been doing well so I cannot complain. I have to kick on and improve.
“The three of us have come through together and it’s good to be getting back to the way Hibs used to be, bringing youngsters through. But the gaffer can only play us if we do well enough. Danny and Alex have done really well over the last few weeks. Hopefully we can improve and can all be starting games together.”