Tom Taiwo heading to Hibs with nothing to prove

Going Nuts: Tom Taiwo
Going Nuts: Tom Taiwo
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Falkirk midfielder Tom Taiwo insists he has nothing to prove to Hibs as he prepares to return to Easter Road this weekend.

Taiwo left the Hibees following their relegation to the Championship last May, having joined from Carlisle in 2012.

Taiwo was left on the sidelines by former Hibs boss Terry Butcher for much of last season before winning a surprise recall to the side which eventually suffered the drop.

As he prepares to take on his former employees on Saturday, Taiwo stressed: “People can always talk about who they play for and where they have been but, at the moment, I am at Falkirk and I’m enjoying myself. We’re going to be doing everything we can to get the three points.”

Taiwo, who managed two goals in 57 matches for Hibs, netted twice in five minutes on Tuesday evening as Falkirk overcame Dunfermline 2-1 at East End Park in the Petrofac Training Cup. And he admitted he surprised even himself with his brace, which included a flamboyant flick over the goalkeeper for his second.

He said: “I was more shocked than anyone, to be honest. But I’m delighted. I don’t really know what went on afterwards, I think I went a little bit nuts.

“But that’s to be expected when you’re a more defensive type of player and you end up scoring two half-decent goals.

“I’m delighted and especially in a derby like Tuesday’s match. It’s a great way to score.”

Alan Stubbs’ Hibees will be looking to bounce back from Sunday’s defeat by Hearts when Peter Houston’s Bairns come calling this weekend.

Taiwo is confident his team can pile on the misery for the Easter Road faithful.

“I thought Hibs were quite unlucky,” said Taiwo. “I felt that in all the derby games I played they were quite even and decided by a moment of magic or a defensive mistake. Hibs won’t be too downbeat about that. They played quite well at times.

“When it comes to the game against us, they’ll be looking to win the fans back round. They’ve not had much to shout about recently, but our fans have, and we’ll go there and try to keep that momentum going.”