He’s won trophies in his native Wales- but Christian Doidge would love to experience that feeling again with Hibs.
The Welshman heads into this afternoon’s match with St Mirren riding high off the back of a Scottish Cup hat-trick. He netted three as the Hibees beat Dundee United 4-2.
It secured their last 16 berth, where they will face BSC Glasgow. With almost everyone expecting Hibs to beat the Lowland League side, a quarter-final spot is now within their grasp.
Doidge has already felt the feeling of domestic cup success, winning the Welsh Premier League Cup with Carmarthen Town. They came back-to-back in 2013 and 2014, via penalty shootouts on both occasions.
Doidge was happy with his midweek exploits and insists cup glory is something he’d savour at Easter Road: “It was good to get the hat-trick. We made it hard for ourselves in the first half but we came out of the blocks in the second half really well and managed to get a couple of goals.
“The last goal really killed them off so it’s been a delighted changing room in there. I always believed it was going to happen for me. It’s just sometimes as a striker it doesn’t work out for you. It happens in Scotland, England, Wales, everywhere you go. Sometimes you struggle.
“I probably have a history of not firing straight away when I join a club. But after a couple of games you settle in and I have scored a few goals now. You’ve always got to just keep believing you’re going to score.
“I’ve won the cup in Wales twice with Carmarthen Town. That’s probably the best I’ve done. I enjoyed those wins. I’m Welsh so I would never slag off the Welsh Premier League. I was very young and to get silverware is always special.
“It’s something I will always remember because a lot of the players I played with back then are still my friends now. One of the finals was at Aberystwyth Town and the other was at Newtown. They both went to penalties so it was obviously very stressful.
“I think the same guy, Craig Hanford, scored the winning penalty in both finals so that’s pretty special in itself. I scored both of mine too!”