Inverness manager John Hughes insists his celebrations following Hibs cup draw were justified

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Inverness manager John Hughes insists his celebrations at Easter Road were justified – even if it did wind up some Hibs supporters

The former Hibs boss could not hide his emotions as Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo struck a 77th minute equaliser for the holders in Sunday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final draw.

A video of Hughes accidentally hurting substitute Liam Polworth amid the scenes also went viral online.

Polworth comes off second best following celebrations (Pic: BBC)
Polworth comes off second best following celebrations (Pic: BBC)

But Hughes, who was brought up a stone’s throw away from the stadium, insists his reaction simply illustrated his passion for Caley.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I loved being back. I was brought up here as a boy, a born and bred Leither and I used to climb over the wall before the big stand was built.

“But my job is Inverness and I love everything about the club. That’s why when we scored I was celebrating and rightly so, because they pay me wages.

“If you cut me it’s Inverness blood that will be there, that’s the passion and the pride I’ve got for the club .

“If my celebrations upset one or two Hibs supporters then I’m sorry, but when you’re taking on the team that I’m a manager of then I want to win the game.”

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