Hibs kicked off their Scottish Cup campaign in style with a 4-0 win over Elgin City – but it was Ryan Gauld’s performance that really caught the eye.
The midfielder joined on loan earlier this month and was making his competitive debut for the Hibees.
Gauld was that creative spark that Neil Lennon’s side have lacked for so long and his delightful pass set up Florian Kamberi for the opener.
The midfielder showed the quality that led to Sporting signing him and Lennon will be hoping he can build on that.
There’s a golden opportunity for Gauld to show just what he’s capable of and he’s certainly made a bright start.
Once he’s got a few games under his best he could really help lift Hibs up the the table.
He should have even grabbed a debut goal but squandered a really good chance.
The Cabbage have a hectic schedule so it should do Gauld well to face a run of games in quick succession.
Lennon’s side travel to Motherwell on Wednesday before heading for Paisley four days later.
Given the gulf between the two sides on Saturday, Gauld will face much tougher challenges at Hibs.
He’s made a bright start though and could make a real difference between now and May.