Sam Stanton sets his sights on more starts

Sam Stanton. Pic: Toby Wiliams

Sam Stanton. Pic: Toby Wiliams

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Sam Stanton has admitted he’s desperate to pin down a regular spot in Terry Butcher’s Hibs side after bagging his first start against Celtic.

The 19-year-old, now fully recovered from injuries, has made a number of appearances from off the bench in recent months but was handed a place in the starting line-up for the league match against Neil Lennon’s men on Sunday.

The youngster conceded that it has been difficult just waiting for the opportunity to prove his worth but, now that he has had a taste, he is hoping that he has done enough to convince Butcher that he deserves a run in the side.

Stanton said: “I had been frustrated trying to get into the team. Now that has finally come I’m delighted. It’s a great feeling. I just want to keep working hard and try to maintain my place in the team every week.”

A double from Kris Commons and strikes from Virgil van Dijk and Teemu Pukki ensured a 4-0 victory for Celtic last weekend, but Stanton was unlucky not to pull Hibs level.

With the scoreline at 1-0, Stanton was only denied a goal by a top-drawer save from Celtic’s Fraser Forster – and that block was to prove crucial.

Stanton conceded that the final result had taken some of the shine off his first start for the senior side, but he felt that he had given a decent account of himself.

He told Hibs TV: “I was delighted to finally get my first start and I felt that I played quite well. The result was disappointing but it was a good day for me personally.

“The manager told me before the game that I deserved my chance and to just go out, enjoy it and play well.”