Matt Macey won the FA Cup with Arsenal last season – but a Scottish Cup winners’ medal this weekend with Hibs would top that achievement.
The goalkeeper was playing third choice at Arsenal prior to his winter exit, Macey joining Hibs to play in the cups and provide cover for number one Ofir Marciano. Macey – who has signed an extension until 2023 – will start for Hibs in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final v St Johnstone, less than a year on from winning silverware with the Gunners.
He didn’t played that afternoon and he says it was a strange experience behind closed doors: “I expect to play. The manager has made it quite clear from speaking to me and everyone that he has confidence in me. I wouldn’t expect that to change. I have done enough to justify playing in the final.
“It was weird to win the FA Cup with Arsenal in an empty stadium. But it’s a difficult one to answer as I never played. I was part of it but I didn’t feel like I won it. I picked up a medal at the end of it. The celebrations were good after though!”
Having been a third choice at the start of the season, Macey can’t quite believe where he is now: “It’s a million miles away from that at the start of the season and I feel very fortunate to be in this position. It has almost come out of nowhere and if you had told me I was playing in a cup final at the start of the season.
“It was the furthest thing I was thinking about doing. I was thinking about trying to play some sort of football at some point this season. I am very lucky to have found such a great club and for everything to have fallen into place that has given me this opportunity to possibly reach my highest career point so far.”
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