Hibs’ victory over St Mirren on Saturday was the cherry on top for me at the end of a week in which we celebrated the 25th anniversary of our Skol Cup triumph.
It was wonderful to catch up with my old team-mates, many of whom I hadn’t seen for years, and we were really well-received by the fans, both at the Hibs Supporters Club event on Thursday night and at Easter Road on Saturday.
I was really humbled by the response. It’s incredible that, 25 years on, so many people still appreciate what we did that day. It makes you really proud that, after such a long time, something I played a part in is still seen as such an important part of the club’s history.
Hopefully, the current crop can now kick on and get some silverware of their own at the end of this season in the shape of the Championship title. We certainly look like we’re back in business after our mini slump. We were really convincing against St Mirren and look capable of going on another run.
It was a strong team performance, but I was particularly pleased with Martin Boyle. His workrate was fantastic and he fully deserved the man-of-the-match award. He was our best player by a mile. He gives us something different because he can run in behind. He looked like a player who wanted to seize a rare chance in his favoured position. I feel sorry for him because he’s played out wide a lot for Hibs, but, for me, he’s an out-and-out striker who’s at his best through the middle, stretching the game with his pace. If he’s given a chance to play there regularly, he’ll do a job for us.
On the flip side of the coin, Jason Cummings is now having to cope with being on the sidelines. It will be tough for Jason, because he’ll have grown used to being a first-pick, but every footballer goes through periods like this in their career when they’re not in the starting XI and things are not going for them. It’s part and parcel of being part of a strong squad that you won’t play every week, especially if you’re not performing at your best. Jason will overcome it though. He’s still a young boy learning his trade but he’ll come out of this spell a stronger player.