One of the positives to come from Hibs’ Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Raith Rovers on Saturday was the performance of rising star Sam Stanton who scored his first goal for his boyhood heroes.

The highly rated teenager was happy to receive the plaudits however he would gladly have swapped his goal for the chance to progress in the competition

Speaking to Hibernian TV, Stanton said: “I was delighted to score my first senior goal for Hibs – that was a dream come true for me, but we lost the game which was very disappointing.

“The sooner we get back out there the better and get the three points – we need to start winning games.”

His inaugural two starts have seen Stanton produce two impressive performances and now the 19-year-old midfielder wants to help Hibernian achieve a top-six finish.

He added: “I feel I’ve played well and it’s been nice to play two full games – it has been a good experience and I’m enjoying it.

“My objective was to just get into the team and to have scored a goal is a great feeling.

“Our objective as a team now is to get into the top six and my individual objective is to keep my place in the team. I want to keep playing well for Hibs.”

Stanton is likely to keep his place in the centre of midfield against Ross County on Saturday as skipper Liam Craig suspended and Scott Robertson likely to miss out due to injury.

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