Danny Swanson has revealed that his first goal in a Hibs shirt is in memory of his tragic friend Shaun Woodburn.
Swanson netted for the Hibees in a 3-2 Betfred Cup victory over Livingston on Tuesday night as the Easter Road club made the semi-finals of the competition.
The 30-year-old admitted that it was an emotional moment for him as he pointed to the skies to pay tribute to former Bonnyrigg Rose player Woodburn, who died following a disturbance in Great Junction Street on New Year’s Day.
Shaun was found with serious injuries at around 2am died following a disturbance near a pub in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
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Shaun’s father, Kevin, was in the crowd, as were Swanson’s entire family which, he insisted, made his first Hibs goal that little bit more special.
Swanson said: “I always dedicate my goals to Shaun, but that was an extra special one.
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“It felt as good as I’d envisaged as a wee boy although I always envisaged it being at the other end, in front of the Famous Five Stand.”