Scottish Cup for Hibs would mean ‘a lot’ says Omeonga

Omeonga and the Scottish Cup

Stephane Omeonga is yet to win a trophy in his short professional career (Credit: David Ronney)

Hibernian midfielder Stephane Omeonga has admitted he would love to win his first trophy with the club and replicate 2016’s Scottish Cup success.

The Edinburgh side welcome Celtic to Easter Road tomorrow night in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

The Belgian midfielder is yet to win a trophy in his professional career and said it would mean “a lot” if the club managed to the reigning champions.

He said: “If I win this it will be the first ever in my career, so it’s a good challenge.

“Every football wants to win titles. I saw a video of the fans singing Sunshine on Leith and it was wonderful, so if we can give them that joy then it would be really good.”

Despite his desire to win a trophy, the 22-year-old insists the Edinburgh side are not getting ahead of themselves and instead are “fully focused” on tomorrow’s match.

He added: “We just think that Celtic are a good team and just focus on that.

“We just think about that game and the rest we will see after.”

Tomorrow marks the return of former Hibernian manager Neil Lennon to Easter Road since he departed the club last month. However, Omeonga doesn’t believe this will affect what happens on the pitch.

“I don’t think about it to be honest,” he said.

“The first thing that went into my head is, am I going to play again?”

“I just think that we are facing Celtic who are a good team and who the manager is on the bench I don’t know, I don’t think about it.”

Lennon was the man that brought Omeonga to Hibs, but the Belgian only worked with Lennon for “two days and 45 minutes.”

Omeonga admitted he was initially unsure how Lennon’s exit would affect his position at the club but is confident a new manager will benefit the rest of the team.

Stephane Omeonga

The Belgian midfielder eyes up potential silverware this season (Credit: Luke Barry)

“The first thing that went into my head is, am I going to play again? And then the club and the staff  gave me some confidence that the project is still the same and they still believe in me, and since then it’s been good.

“I think it [can be] good [to have a new manager], because you don’t have the time to settle down and think I’ve earned it. I think every footballer has to show [their best] every day and every game and when a new coach comes you have that energy to show again [what you can do].”


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