TOM TAIWO reckons lifting the Scottish Cup this weekend would be the perfect way to answer his critics.
The midfielder’s decision to move to Hibs last summer was questioned by former boss Greg Abbott. Taiwo had spent the three previous seasons with Carlisle and Abbott was annoyed that he had turned down the offer of a new contract to move to Easter Road.
He claimed Taiwo had been badly advised over his switch to Scotland but the player is keen to make his old gaffer eat his words on Sunday.
Hibs can lift the William Hill Scottish Cup for the first time in 111 years if they beat Celtic at Hampden and the magnitude of such a victory is not lost on Taiwo. Speaking about Abbott, he said: “He was critical but I don’t think they’ve had a great season. They were fighting relegation most of the time. I’ll let him do the talking and I’ll just enjoy my football.
“He must not have been up to Hibernian before. He’s not been here on a derby day when 17,000 fans are going bananas. He hasn’t seen the fantastic facilities and you wouldn’t often get the chance to play in an FA Cup final with Carlisle United.
“I’ve really enjoyed my first season up here. I think I’ve improved as the season has gone and found my feet steadily.
“Hopefully the fans will think I’ve found a bit of form in the closing stages of the season.”
Former Chelsea kid Taiwo feels he is back on an upward spiral with Hibs.
“If I’m good enough, I will find my level. I have a good work ethic and give my best all the time.
“I put in extra training and if I did make it back to the dizzy heights of Chelsea, I will have deserved it.”