BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Darren McGregor insists Hibernian CAN end their 114-year wait for Scottish Cup glory after hailing their win over Hearts as the greatest moment of his professional career.
The Leith-born defender, a standout at Tynecastle, turned in another fine Edinburgh derby display for his boyhood heroes during a fractious 1-0 win in the Scottish Cup fifth round, secured thanks to a Jason Cummings strike.
His performance was typified by a challenge on Jambos striker Abiola Dauda as the encounter entered injury time which stopped the powerful Nigerian from haring through on goal.
And, asked whether Hibs could lift the trophy come May, he cited their increasingly impressive list of Premiership scalps as evidence they can overcome Inverness in the last eight and go all the way.
He lauded: “The games we have played this season will tell you we can. We have already beaten Aberdeen, Dundee United, St Johnstone and now Hearts as well. So that tells you we can do it.
“Inverness will present a different challenge and they will be difficult but with the talent we have in our squad then we can do it.”
With Easter Road a 19,433 sell-out, McGregor visible lapped up the celebrations as Alan Stubbs side completed a lap of honour at full-time to the strains of ‘Sunshine on Leith’, Hibs’ adopted anthem.
He smiled: “It’s well documented I’m a Hibs fans and to see the game out and hear the stadium singing Sunshine on Leith was one of the best memories I’ve had in football.
“To be in the team I supported all my life and beating their rivals in the Scottish Cup is a dream come true.
“I am so grateful, after everything I’ve been through with injuries, to have been given this chance. This is my number one moment in football. I can’t think of anything that eclipses it.”