Chris Cadden says League Cup semi-final defeat was far from the ideal way to mark his first Hibs start – but he’s excited about his new challenge with Jack Ross’ side as they push for third.

The Hibees face Rangers on Wednesday night, looking to bounce back from a bruising 3-0 League Cup semi-final defeat against St Johnstone on Saturday, their second last four defeat this term. It was Cadden’s first start since a move back to Scotland from Columbus Crew.

Hibs star Cadden.

Cadden is with Hibs. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

And while he says that this was a tough one to take, Hibs still have much to play for this term: “We have reflected on it and stuff. There’s no getting around that it was a big disappointment.

“All the boys are gutted but the games come thick and fast at this time. It’s hard but we look to the next one. Saturday and Sunday night were hard but we have to try and move on as we have a big game against Rangers.

“We are going to be playing in big games and that’s why I came here. It’s not the first time I have lost a big game in my big career but we still have a big push for third, that’s our ambition.”

Hibernian v St Johnstone - Betfred Cup Semi-Final

Looking to bounce back. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It’s been a whirlwind 18 months for Cadden. Since leaving Motherwell in July 2019, he has spent time at Oxford United before a year in the MLS with Columbus Crew, part of a squad that won the MLS cup.

Being on a different continent during a pandemic was tough but when Hibs came calling, he knew that another move beckoned: “2020 was just a mental year for everybody. I have had my personal experience out there and it probably wasn’t the best time to move continents.

“But it was a great life experience and I met some great people over there. It made me grow as a person and player. But being on the other side of the world during a pandemic was tough but I am back home now and ready to kick on with this great club.

Columbus Crew v D.C. United

Cadden enjoyed his MLS stint. (Photo by Jose L. Argueta/ISI Photos/Getty Images).

“I still had another year left at Columbus Crew but as soon as I found out Hibs were interested, my head was turned. That was the only place I was wanting to go. I didn’t look into other offers over there, it’s a bit confusing with the draft system, but as soon as I spoke to the gaffer and heard about Hibs, I was only wanting to come to one place.”

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