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.

STIRLING, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Farid El Alagui of Hibernian controls the ball during the Pre Season Friendly match between Stirling Albion and Hibernian at Forthbank Stadium on July 20, 2014 in Stirling, Scotland.

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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.

STIRLING, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Farid El Alagui of Hibernian controls the ball during the Pre Season Friendly match between Stirling Albion and Hibernian at Forthbank Stadium on July 20, 2014 in Stirling, Scotland.

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“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.

SWINDON, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Kevin O'Connor of Brentford (L) celebrates with team-mate Farid El Alagui after scoring the equalising goal in the last minute of the game during the npower League One Play Off Semi Final match between Swindon Town and Brentford at the County Ground on May 4, 2013 in Swindon, England.

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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.

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