Former Hibs striker Farid El Alagui has said scoring in an Edinburgh derby win over Hearts is the “highlight” of his entire footballing career – despite his own injury struggles at Easter Road.
The Moroccan, who was born in France, spent two years with Hibs between 2014 and 2016, scoring twice against Hearts during his time with the Hibees.
El Alagui scored a stoppage-time goal in a 2-0 Easter Road win in 2015 and admits derby day in Edinburgh still puts a smile on his face.
“Unfortunately I didn’t play as much as I would have liked at Hibs, but in the times I did play, I enjoyed myself,” El Alagui told the Evening News.
“The derby when we won and I scored was the best moment for me. It was very special. It was a highlight of my football career in general, not just my Hibs career.
“It always puts a big smile on my face when I think about the Edinburgh derby. When I signed for Hibs, that was the first fixture I looked for and was looking forward to being involved in.
“As a player, I just loved playing in it. Every time I see Hibs playing Hearts I have a nice feeling because it’s a special game.”
The veteran striker still lives in Edinburgh despite playing for French sixth-tier side Marmande in his birthplace of Bordeaux.
El Alagui has spent much of his career in Scotland with spells at Falkirk, Dunfermline, Dundee United, Ayr United and Edinburgh City over the last eight years.
Hibs fans will be hoping one of the current crop of Easter Road stars will get to replicate El Alagui’s 2015 goal when they face their city rivals this weekend.