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.

ESTORIL, PORTUGAL - DECEMBER 16: Ryan Gauld of SC Farense in action during the Liga Ledman Pro match between GD Estoril Praia and SC Farense at Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota on December 16, 2018 in Estoril, Portugal.

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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.

FARO, PORTUGAL - JULY 7: Sporting CPÕs midfielder Ryan Gauld from Scotland in action during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Sporting CP and CF Os Belenenses at Estadio Algarve on July 7, 2017 in Faro, Portugal.

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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.

BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND - MAY 26: Matt Targett of England challenges Ryan Gauld of Scotland during the UEFA U19 Championship Elite Qualifying Round Group One match between England U19 and Scotland U19 at the Pirelli Stadium on May 26, 2014 in Burton upon Trent, England.

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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.

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