Hibernian boss Paul Heckingbottom has admitted that he was well-aware of Daryl Horgan well before he ever managed him.

Heckingbottom admitted to the Scottish Sun that he tried to the player whilst he was at Barnsley.

“When I was at Barnsley he was one we were looking at, but we got priced out of it when he moved to Preston” he said.

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“So, I’ve seen Daryl a hell of a lot – a lot more than he thinks! He’s one of the players who I probably know the strengths and weaknesses of already.”

Stand-out performer

Horgan was a stand-out performer for Hibernian in their recent 2-0 win over Hamilton, setting up Florian Kamberi’s opening goal in the process.

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Horgan joined Hibs in the summer from Preston, and former boss Neil Lennon played in a variety of attacking positions.

Played on the wing

Heckingbottom played him on the wing against Hamilton. It will be interesting to see if he stays there when Hibs take on Dundee on Friday.

9th February 2019, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup football fifth round, Hibernian versus Raith Rovers; Daryl Horgan of Hibernian celebrates after scoring the opening goal with David Gray of Hibernian (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

His record of five goals and eight assists is decent. But he will be hoping to get into double figures in both before the end of the season.

He is set to be a key man for the Easter Road club as they face a number of big games. The match against Dundee is followed by a six pointer against fellow top six rivals St Johnstone.

They then face an Old Firm double header, against Celtic in the Scottish Cup and Rangers in the league.

For Heckingbottom to get good results in those games, he will need Horgan to be at his best.

 

 

 

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