Craig dedicates his winning penalty to Hibs fans

Paul Heffernan congratulates Liam Craig. Picture: Jane Barlow

Paul Heffernan congratulates Liam Craig. Picture: Jane Barlow

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Hibs skipper Liam Craig dedicated his winning penalty in the 2-1 win over Hearts at Easter Road last night to Hibs fans who have suffered derby despair this season.

The Gorgie club have been struggling at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership after being deducted 15 points and banned from signing players having fallen into administration.

However, Gary Locke’s young side had won both meetings between the two Edinburgh sides this season.

In an exhilarating third clash, Hibs striker James Collins put the home side ahead in the 59th minute before Jambos substitute David Smith, on for Callum Tapping, helped the visitors draw level in the 70th minute when his shot took a big deflection off Hibs defender Ryan McGivern.

However, with nine minutes remaining Hearts defender Jordan McGhee was adjudged by referee Bobby Madden to have fouled Lewis Stevenson in the box with Craig slotting in the spot-kick.

The former St Johnstone midfielder said: “That goal is up there with the biggest of my career so far.

“I’ve scored ones in the past that have helped clubs get into Europe or the top six.

“But to score a winner in the derby - it doesn’t get much better than that.

“We’ve been unfortunate to lose the last two games against Hearts.

“To be fair to them, they’ve got a goal, sat in and weathered whatever we’ve thrown at them.

“As players, we look at the bigger picture, kicking on up the league.

“We’re in the top six now and it’s about pushing on.

“But, as a fan, you want to win the derby games. We’ve not won a lot lately so they’ll be delighted.

“They’ll have the bragging rights for the next few days.”