Hibs midfielder Fraser Murray relishing Paul Heckingbottom’s approach as he makes his mark at Easter Road


FRASER MURRAY insists he is relishing the attention to detail of Hibernian head coach Paul Heckingbottom as the highly-rated youngster makes his mark at Easter Road.

The 20-year-old was handed his maiden Premiership start for the capital club against Kilmarnock last weekend and, while the 1-0 defeat was lamentable, it was another landmark moment in his development.

Murray had previously featured as a substitute on four occasions under Heckingbottom, with the Englishman seeing the classy midfielder as one of his brightest prospects.

And Murray is determined to keep up the momentum when Hibs bring down the curtain on their campaign against Europa League-chasing Aberdeen on Sunday.

“It wasn’t one of our better performances of the season at Killie but I was happy to get my first league start,” said Murray.

“I’ve really enjoyed the past few months with the new manager in, and I’ve been given some opportunities to show what I could do.

“A first start is a big moment and hopefully I can kick on from that and take it into next season.

“The gaffer does a lot of tactical work in terms of how we are going to play and how we’ll line up against the opposition.

“That helps a lot and I feel like I’ve taken on board a lot of what he has tried to put across. I’m learning and trying to take it onto the pitch.”

While Hibs cannot finish any higher than fifth, Murray is adamant motivation will not be an issue against an Aberdeen side still hunting third spot and a guaranteed European berth.

Fourth could yet be enough for the Dons but they would then be relying on Celtic winning the Scottish Cup

“The boys know it is the last game of the season and we want to go out on a high,” Murray told Hibs TV. “You want to win every game you play, but we especially want to send the fans home happy ahead of next season.”