I’ll be scoring for Hibs in no time, says Brian Graham

Brian Graham knows he should've netted against St Mirren. Pic: SNS
Brian Graham knows he should've netted against St Mirren. Pic: SNS
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Brian Graham admitted he should have celebrated his Hibs debut with a goal, but insisted it won’t be long before he’s banging them in for the Easter Road outfit.

The striker was presented with a glorious chance to add to Jason Cummings’ two first-half goals after being introduced as a substitute against St Mirren in Paisley only hours after putting pen to paper on a two-year deal.

He was, though, thwarted by Buddies goalkeeper Scott Gallacher, his disappointment lessened by what he’d seen sitting on the bench for the game’s first 76 minutes, enough to convince him that missed chance will soon be forgotten.

He said: “Getting your first goal at a new club is always important, but I’m not worrying about it because I know it’ll come. I got myself into a great position and I’m sure there will be many more like it.

“With the number of chances this team creates, the strikers are bound to score. We won 2-0 and it should have been more.

“It’s going to be tough. Apart from Jason Cummings and Grant Holt, there’s myself and Martin Boyle and James Keatings. Everybody is fighting for a shirt, but that’s good for the manager and good for the club.

“We know we need to keep performing every week and I believe that this squad will score the number of goals we need to take us where we want to be.

“I know that I’ll definitely get all the ammunition I need from my team-mates. Even watching from the sidelines, I was thinking what a left foot Lewis Stevenson has on him.

“Being honest, I can see myself getting on the end of a few of his deliveries and he’ll be happy with the assists – it’s a team game, at the end of the day.”

Although the 28-year-old’s move from Ross County – first revealed by the Evening News – has been a drawn-out affair, it suddenly sprang into life with Graham completing the paperwork late on Friday night before finding himself sitting alongside another new signing, Andrew Shinnie, on the bench against Saints.

And, he admitted, the fact Lennon had done his homework on him helped persuade him to make the switch to Edinburgh and he revealed there was no decision to be made when he learned of the Easter Road side’s interest.

He said: “I was glad just to get everything finalised and to put pen to paper for such a massive club as Hibs.

“When you know a club of that stature is interested in you – and you want to get back down the road in any case because your family is still there – then it’s a relief just to get it done.

“I had a chat with Jim McIntyre [County’s manager] and, luckily for me, we came to an agreement and he let me go.

“The deal had been going on for a few weeks. I knew there was some interest but, obviously, I couldn’t come out and say anything about it. But that’s the nature of the beast, that’s football and I’m just relieved that the whole thing has been done.

“Talks had gone on for a few days and I believe that the manager had come to watch me play earlier on in the season so he’d done his homework.

“I know what I’ve got in terms of my ability and Neil obviously believes in me. I just want to do well for Hibs, help my team-mates, score a lot of goals and win promotion – that’s our No.1 priority.

“I should have had a debut goal against Saints but, hopefully, I’ll score against Morton this weekend.”