Paul Heffernan: Hibs can win League Cup

Paul Heffernan. Picture: SNS
Paul Heffernan. Picture: SNS
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Paul Heffernan has claimed winning the Scottish Communities League Cup is a realistic aim for Hibs, along with a top-six finish in the Premiership.

The Easter Road hitman lifted the trophy two years ago as Kilmarnock stunned Celtic and he sees no reason why he can’t enjoy another day of celebration at Hampden next spring.

Heffernan set Killie on the path to silverware, scoring a hat-trick in their opening game as they dumped Queen of the South 5-0 at Rugby Park, and is hoping for a similar start when Pat Fenlon’s side face Stranraer at home on Tuesday night.

The 31-year-old said: “It’s definitely a realistic aim. The year I won it with Kilmarnock we did not play an SPL side until the final with Celtic. You can be a bit lucky with a couple of draws and before you know it you are in the final at Hampden and then anything can happen.

“A good cup run also boosts confidence as well, so hopefully we can do that.”

Heffernan admitted his own confidence couldn’t be higher having scored on his full debut for the Capital outfit, sparking the fightback which saw them win 2-1 against St Johnstone to take their unbeaten run to four, with hopes high that can be extended when they host St Mirren at Easter Road on Saturday.

He said: “I love scoring goals, but when you go to a new club you want to get off the mark as soon as possible, so to do it in my first start was a bit of a 
relief. Hopefully it will be the first of many.”