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Notts County's Paul Heffernan.

Notts County's Paul Heffernan.

Notts County's Paul Heffernan.

PAUL HEFFERNAN will dig out a green and white scarf rather than a Hibs shirt for tonight's League Cup quarter-final against city rivals Hearts.

A 25-minute farewell appearance as a substitute for Kilmarnock in their defeat by Hamilton Accies left the striker from Wicklow cup-tied when he joined Pat Fenlon's side.

Heffernan has settled in quickly with the Edinburgh side following his deadline day transfer but will go through the agonies tonight with both clubs having realistic hopes of lifting the trophy after Celtic were dumped out in the last round by Morton.

"I knew that there was a chance I could be transferred and cup-tied," he admitted.

"Some people might have found a niggling injury to avoid being cup-tied but you have to be honest with the club that is paying your wages.

"It wasn't a good experience getting knocked out the cup but hopefully Hibs can make up for that and go all the way.

"I've been very impressed by the club since I moved here. Beating Hearts and getting into a semi-final would be a big lift for everyone at the club.

"It'll be strange having to watch the boys in action. Everyone knows the importance of the game and getting a win would mean everything to the supporters."

Heffernan has already scored three times for Hibs, including a typical predator's strike against Celtic.

Pleasing

The 31-year-old has criss-crossed the British game since leaving Newtown Juniors in Wicklow in 1999, enjoying productive spells with Notts County, Bristol Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday before joining Kilmarnock two years ago.

Former Kilmarnock assistant Jimmy Nicholl joined Hibs in the summer and quickly suggested Heffernan when Fenlon was looking for a goalscorer as the transfer window came to a close.

"It's pleasing to get among the goals quickly at a new club but I knew a few of the players here from my time at Kilmarnock as well as Jimmy Nicholl," Heffernan added.

"When I signed there was a two-week international break which allowed me to settle in, scoring a few goals obviously helps, as a striker there is no hiding place.

"Since I've been here the atmosphere has been brilliant. We've only lost twice in our last eight games, our form is up there with anyone else in the country," he concluded.


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