Lewis Stevenson has walked the road to Scottish Cup glory before with Hibs– and he hopes there’s a sense of Déjà vu on their path to potential 2020 greatness against Inverness.
Hibs will take to the Scottish Cup quarter finals this Friday when they welcome Inverness to Easter Road. The winner of this clash will book a trip to Hampden for a semi-final bout.
A match with Inverness played an important part in Hibs’ famous 2016 Scottish Cup win. They beat the Caley Jags 2-1 in a Highland replay on route to the final thanks to a double from Anthony Stokes, the striker’s first goal being assisted by none other than Stevenson.
The cup winner is now hoping for similar memories at Easter Road this Friday. He says that Hibs must be wary of Inverness’ threats as the Leith side will want to avoid a long trip north midweek.
“We beat Caley on the way to the 2016 final, I think that was a stuffy one as well,” said Stevenson. “We were at rock bottom as we’d just got beat in the League Cup final I think.
“I think everyone thought we’d go up there and get turned over in the replay but we put on a good performance. It’s probably one in the lead-up to the Scottish Cup that gets overlooked. It was a massive game for us. We know it will be a tough game.
“We won’t be wanting to go back up there, but as long as we get through the tie, that’s the main thing. On their day they’ve got some good players who can hurt you, like James Keatings if he’s able to play. They are a big team as well.
“We’ll need to be at our best to win the tie. I saw a bit of their game on Friday night, they played well and we’ll need to play better than we did against Livi.”