He’ll become a permanent Hibs player when he leaves Rangers this summer – and Jamie Murphy wants to head into that deal with memories of the 2011 Scottish Cup final behind him.
Hibs will contest the 2021 Scottish Cup final on May 22nd against St Johnstone, looking to earn their first piece of silverware since lifting the trophy in 2016. Murphy returned to action after a spell out with injury in the 2-0 semi-final success over Dundee United on Saturday and he will make his loan move from Rangers permanent in the summer.
It’s been a stop-start first season at Hibs for Murphy because of injury and it’s one he didn’t see coming: “It’s been a season of frustration. To have four hamstring tears in the one season, I have never had that before in my life. It was difficult and I haven’t had full consistency because of injury.
“But I am hoping it’s behind me now. There have been times I have been training at 70% to keep it safe, which is not how I want to train or play. The medical staff have been great and I have spoken to people down south too. I am hopeful we have sorted the problem.
“As far as I am aware there is an obligation to stay on. I am looking forward to being here and building on the success we have had this year. We want to achieve more but for the club it’s been a good eight or nine months.”
European football awaits Hibs next season and they could wrap up third place in the Scottish Premiership tonight against Aberdeen. Murphy is Motherwell’s top scorer in European competitions and contested the Fir Park club’s 2011 Scottish Cup final defeat to Celtic.
This will be his first Scottish Cup final since and he’ll get to sample European football again too at Hibs. He’s 31 now, but Murphy is hopeful it won’t be the last time for either: “I’m sure it means a lot to everyone and I’m sure the fans want us to win it. To be in third place and have a Scottish Cup final to look forward to, you can’t ask for much more.
“I am eager to go one step further. The 2011 final was 10 years ago now and it was a disappointing day. I still think about it now and again. We played against Celtic, they scored early and it was 3-0. We never really got into the game. We didn’t play well at all.
“It was difficult to take but I learned from it. I tried to get better from it. But it would be great to come back 10 years later and win. I don’t see it as my last chance, we have a good team at Hibs. We want to aim for cup finals and that sort of thing. I am only 31.
“I want to play as long as I can and hopefully it’s here, competing for trophies. I fully expected Hibs to be pushing for Europe and that was one of the big reasons for coming here. I had success with it at Motherwell and it turns into a real adventure. They are the games you look forward to but to get that we have to have a good end to the season.”
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