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Eoin Doyle, Sligo Rovers. Picture: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Eoin Doyle, Sligo Rovers. Picture: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Eoin Doyle, Sligo Rovers. Picture: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

EOIN DOYLE is praying that his midweek double strike against Kilmarnock has earned him a place in Hibs' Scottish Cup Final squad.

The former Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers striker will move to Chesterfield in the summer, but hopes to leave Edinburgh with a very special memory.

Hibs haven't won the Scottish Cup since 1902, with those memories all the more painful after last season's 5-1 hammering from city rivals Hearts in the final.

Hibs return to Hampden next Sunday to face Celtic with Doyle wanting to create a piece of history before quitting the club to continue his career in England.

"There couldn't be a better way for me to finish at the club," the striker admitted. "We all know the cup history.

"There will be a massive turnout from the fans at Hampden and I can assure them the lads won't let themselves down the way we did last year.

"The Kilmarnock game was a big game for the players who haven't been involved lately. There are 16 places up for grabs for the final and we'd Wednesday and Saturday to make sure we're part of it.

"Whether or not it'll get me involved, I don't know. You'd have to ask the manager, he knows what he gets from me.

"I always give him my all and the fact the final will be my last game will give it something else again. If I do get the nod, there certainly won't be any shortage of effort."

Looking back 12 months, Doyle added: "There have been a lot of changes in the dressing room, but for those of us who were here last year, the final's always in the back of our minds.

"It wasn't a nice day and it wasn't a nice summer after it. That memory will be a factor this time. We know we owe the fans a lot. Everyone knows it's been over 100 years since we won the cup, it might as well be a million."

Tomorrow Hibs complete their SPL programme against Dundee.


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