Martin Boyle seeks selfish streak in bid for Hibs goals – but takes comfort from Lionel Messi

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BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport

Hibernian striker Martin Boyle admits he needs to become more selfish – but insists even the great Lionel Messi passes when he should shoot.

Boyle knows he missed the chance to be Hibs’ Scottish Cup hero against Hearts as their incident-packed replay reached a fevered climax on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old glimpsed the glory of a clinching second goal against the club’s bitter city rivals after careering unopposed into the box in injury-time at Easter Road.

(Pic: www.hibernianfc.co.uk)
(Pic: www.hibernianfc.co.uk)

But, just as it looked as if he was about to pull the trigger, the former Dundee forward squared a pass to James Keatings, who screwed his shot wide.

Boyle insists the 1-0 victory was the only thing that mattered after an incident-packed 90 minutes.

But he confesses he needs to find a mean streak if he is to turn into a finisher and not a provider.

Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s league encounter with Alloa Athletic, the 22-year-old said: “When I took my first touch I had it in my head that I was shooting all the way.

“Then it opened up and James is saying he wasn’t claiming for it, but I’ve watched it back and he was waving his arms for it.

“I thought I made a good decision to lay it off and on another day he finishes that 10 times out of 10.

“But the win was the most important thing at the end of the day.

“Maybe I should have had more goals this season instead of passing but I seem to keep doing that.

“I think it’s just second nature for myself – just passing the buck to someone else!

“But you see the best players passing the ball – even Messi passes the balls in situations like that.”

@IainCollin

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