Rob Jones knew he was witnessing a special player when Lewis Stevenson shone on the biggest stage – and he’s backing his former teammate and Hibs for success this weekend.
Jones captained the Hibees to League Cup success in 2007, lifting the trophy aloft at Hampden. Hibs will attempt to do that again this season but first they must get past St Johnstone in the semi-final, the team who stood between the Easter Road side and the final in 2007.
A standout player in that success was Stevenson, who recently hit 500 Hibs appearances. He was Man of the Match when the Hibees beat Kilmarnock 5-1 in the 2007 final and former teammate Jones would love to see him lift another cup.
The former Hibs captain told NTOF: “Lewis was someone who shot to fame very quickly. I don’t know how many games he had played before that cup final, I think it was only a handful. But what he did was astonishing.
“He got Man of the Match that day and deservedly so. He’s now hit 500 appearances which is no mean feat at any club, never mind in the Scottish Premiership at such a prestigious club like Hibs.
“He had a testimonial too recently which was great. But then back then he was a kid, young, invigorated, there was no fear about him which helped us on cup final day. He’s such a nice guy, but he’s very quiet, very placid.
“He was never causing any chaos, it was sometimes hard to get a conversation out of him! But I am sure he has matured as the years have gone on and hopefully he can create some more history for him and the club.”
Having been in this situation at Tynecastle when Hibs faced St Johnstone, Jones knows this is a nervy occasion, but he reckons Hibs’ experience should have the edge: “It was surreal for us as we were playing at Tynecastle.
“From our point of view, we were allocated the away dressing room, which helped us as it would have been surreal to sit in the Hearts dressing room. But it was a good battle and we came out on top.
“St Johnstone have been decent of late and Hibs have been hit and miss of late. I think before last weekend Hibs hadn’t won in four. But semi-finals are hard to predict as it’s a one-off game about who turns up on the day.
“Hopefully Hibs turn up and they get over the line. I came up to watch Hibs when they played Aberdeen at home and there was some good stuff played. There is an awful lot of experience in that Hibs side and that may take them one step closer to possibly winning a trophy.”
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