Christian Doidge is hoping to reach a career milestone this afternoon as Hibs travel to Kilmarnock.
The Hibees have been in impressive form this term, Jack Ross’ men losing just twice in 11 matches. Doidge has formed a good partnership with Kevin Nisbet and now the Welshman stands on the brink of a landmark.
Sitting on 99 career goals, the Hibs star is eager to break 100 professional strikes against Killie this afternoon. He’s reflected on that milestone after a career of ups and downs in the senior game.
“I think I’ve did ok this season,” said Doidge. “Some games I have contributed to the team and played well. I have scored a few goals in important games. The winner against Dundee United helped us get three points and the equaliser against Rangers.
“They were massive points for us. It’s been a bit on and off but I try to work as hard as I can and try to be a good team mate and that’s all that matters to me. The team’s been doing well and the whole squad in general has been doing good.
“I think we can definitely improve but what’s massive for us is how well we have defended and conceded hardly any goals. The only thing that a bit of a pain is that I am on 99-professional goals so I just need one for the big hundred.
“It’s not been praying on my mind but I know it’s there. To get the next one would probably be massive for my career. It will be nice when I finally get it so hopefully it is soon. Hopefully I can take my next opportunity when it comes.
“Turning pro at 21 and after my first full season in League Two I didn’t think I was going to be good enough. I didn’t have a great start to my career so for seven years later to nearly be hitting 100, it’s definitely a proud moment.
“But I want to do keep improving and doing better and help my teams win games which is the most important thing overall.”
His partnership with Nisbet this term has been eye-catching, the former Dunfermline striker taking to Premiership life like a duck to water. Doidge is delighted to see his strike partner receive praise.
“I’m delighted for Kevin,” said Doidge. “He’s been outstanding since he came in and we compliment each other quite well. He’s a natural goal scorer and has pulled his socks up so I couldn’t be more happy for him.
“He has a great chance of going far in the game. He’s young, strong and fast but he works his socks off and is very good in front of goal. The instinct is there. He has good movement and strikes the ball very well and hopefully I can help him improve.
“We work as a pair very well. We work hard and I think that’s the most important thing to help the team.”