Hibs skipper Paul Hanlon will lead the Hibees out later this afternoon at Hampden as they look to get their hands on the Premier Sports Cup for the first time since 2007 – and the long-serving Easter Road star aim to emulate Cabbage teammate Lewis Stevenson and have won both domestic cups with the Leith side.
Stevenson is the only person in history to have won the Scottish and League Cups while a Hibs player and Hanlon could join him if he can add to the 2016 Scottish Cup final he won alongside Lewy and interim boss David Gray.
The central defender replaced Gray as skipper in the summer when he hung up his boots and took a role as part of Jack Ross’ coaching staff, staying at the club when Ross and assistant John Potter were dismissed earlier this month.
Hanlon has made 488 appearances for the club and is sixth on the list of all-time record appearances, just behind Stevenson in fourth on that list with 522 appearances for Hibs.
With only 90 minutes standing between Hibs and the first piece of silverware of the season, Hanlon is hopeful he can join Stevenson and say he has won both the Scottish Cup and League Cup while at Easter Road, saying: “It would be amazing. Lewy has had an amazing career, even taking the trophies aside he has had a great Hibs career. Having those two trophies as well really just tops it off.
“For me, to look back when my career is finished and to say that I have won both cups with Hibs would be incredible.”
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