Hibernian return to Hampden Park this weekend, for the Betfred Cup semi-final against St Johnstone. It is both a big game for the club, and for one player in particular – striker Kevin Nisbet.

It is the player’s first visit to Hampden since he missed a penalty in the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Hearts last year. That could have knocked a player’s confidence. However, Nisbet deserves credit for making sure that has not been the case.

In fact, since missing the penalty in October, Nisbet has scored five goals, and some important ones as well, such as the recent late equaliser against Celtic.

Didn’t let head drop

That is great credit to the player. The game against Hearts was probably the biggest of Nisbet’s career so far. He could have let his head drop after missing the chance. However, that didn’t happen. Jack Ross must also be given credit for making sure that Nisbet had the confidence to keep going.

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Kevin Nisbet celebrates scoring for Hibernian (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)


Now Nisbet has a chance to make up for that miss when Hibernian take on St Johnstone. There seems little doubt that the striker will start the game. After all, he has scored 13 goals this season, two of those in the Betfred Cup.

Knows how to find the back of the net

Should Hibernian get a good chance in the game, they will want the ball to fall for Nisbet. He has shown time and time again this season that he knows where the back of the net is.

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Hibernian’s Kevin Nisbet in action (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Hibernian have lost their only semi-final visit to Hampden under manager Jack Ross. Nisbet is more than capable of helping Ross make it second time lucky and book the team a place in the final.

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