Joelle Murray admits leading Hibs Ladies to Scottish Cup glory would be one of the greatest moments in her already illustrious career.
The 28-year-old Scotland internationalist will tomorrow lead her side out against Glasgow City in the Women’s Scottish Cup at Ainslie Park (kick-off 2pm).
City are 90 minutes away from claiming their fourth successive domestic treble unless Hibs can end their dominance.
Murray has been with the Easter Road side for more than a decade, during which time she has won four Scottish Cups, two Premier League Cups and two Scottish Women’s Premier League championship medals.
Now the longest-serving member of Chris Roberts’ squad, Murray is desperate to get her hands on yet more silverware – this time as club captain.
She said: “I’ve obviously won trophies with the club before, but winning it as club captain would absolutely be a dream come true for me.
“It would be right up there with the greatest moments in my football career so far. I’ve supported Hibs all my life and it would certainly mean a lot to me and my family to lead this club to silverware.
“But it’s not about me, it’s about the team and the girls deserve this on the back of the season we have had, so hopefully there will be green-and-white ribbons on the cup.
“We are under no illusions about just how tough tomorrow will be. However, we always go into every game believing we can will and this will be no different.
“Games against City have been very close this season and we are expecting the same against tomorrow.
“We’ve played them four times already and have been really unlucky not to win any of them, but we cannot afford to feel sorry for ourselves
“We know their strengths and weaknesses and training this week has been shaped around that and how we can exploit it.”
Tomorrow’s contest will be shown live on BBC Alba, the first time a domestic Scottish women’s football fixture has been screened live on television.
Murray doesn’t believe such exposure will add any pressure to shoulders of the Hibs youngsters who have performed with maturity all season.
During Murray’s time with Hibs, she has played alongside some of the greatest-ever Scottish players, yet she believes his term’s squad to be the best.
She said: “Last season we had a very talented squad and what we lacked was perhaps strength in depth. However, this season we absolutely have that and it has led to greater consistency.
“There is competition in every position and this had made everyone step up their game this season.
“The like of Emma Brownlie, Heather Richards, Chloe Arthur and Abi Harrison all signed last close season and they have made a massive impact for us.
“The secret to our success this season is that we are not about any one individual. tThis has been a collective effort and working hard together. The girls have so much respect for themselves and their team-mates and they want to win for each other.
“I’ve been at the club for a good few years now and I have to say that this group of players is by far the best I have worked with in terms of ability, talent and the will to win. We are all looking forward to the game and showcasing the best of women’s football and doing our bit to raise the profile of the game.
“Having the game live on BBC Alba won’t bring any extra pressure for the girls because we have all played in live games before, whether it was live on TV or streamed online.
“The response on social media to the game being shown live has been amazing. It will give the Scottish game the exposure it deserves and hopefully more media outlets will follow suit.”
Admission prices for tomorrow’s showdown will be £5 for adults and £2 for concessions.