Ham­p­den high­light has Derek de­lighted

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Derek Young was cel­e­brat­ing on Satur­day af­ter bag­ging the first Ham­p­den goal of his 19-year ca­reer.

The for­mer Cathkin High pupil has un­happy mem­o­ries of his pre­vi­ous trips to the na­tional sta­dium hav­ing never won a game on the hal­lowed turf un­til now.

So af­ter fi­nally net­ting against Queen’s Park for For­far on Satur­day, the 35-year-year was de­lighted.

Derek, who also starred for Aberdeen and Dun­fermline at Ham­p­den, said: “It’s my sixth visit here and four of them have been defeats and one a draw be­fore now.

“It’s not been too kind to me, so it’s great to come to Ham­p­den and get a win, but the goal has just topped it off.

“It wasn’t the clean­est strike I’ve ever hit, but I’ll take it.

“My last game here was the Scot­tish Cup semi-fi­nal when we lost (4-0) to Celtic about five years ago, so this was a hap­pier ex­pe­ri­ence.

“But Ham­p­den is a great place to come no mat­ter who you are play­ing. If you can’t en­joy it out there you might as well wrap up play­ing football.”

Cru­cial goal Derek Young

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