Hibernian head coach Paul Heckingbottom has praised midfielder Stephane Omeonga and told his team-mates to follow in his lead.

Omeonga was one of the few stand-out performers for the Easter Road side in their 2-0 Scottish Cup loss to Celtic.

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It was the latest in a series of good performances by the player, who has forced his way into the first-team.

“He was someone who on the first day impressed, you saw a quality in him you’d like to work with” he told the Edinburgh Evening News.

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“He had an impact in every game he had come on so it was only right he has forced his way into the side. That’s what we want, other players to force their way into the side.”

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Omeonga joined Hibs on loan from Genoa until the end of the season. He was signed by former manager Neil Lennon, but looks to have made an impact under the new head coach.

If the Easter Road side are to reach the top six of the Scottish Premiership, then they will need to put together a run of results. That starts when they take on Rangers on Friday.

If Hibs are to pick up the three points, they will need Omeonga to stand out like he did against Celtic. If he has a good game, Hibs could well get the victory they need to stay in the top six.

 

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