Right place, right time to en­ter Hibs folk­lore

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League Cup and the lat­ter stages of the Scot­tish Cup, sit­ting sec­ond in the league, so I knew some­thing great would hap­pen. To end the sea­son this way is bril­liant.

“I’ve been here five months and won this, so I feel very lucky. That hap­pens in foot­ball. Hibs haven’t been too lucky in the Scot­tish Cup, but to­day ev­ery­body can be proud.”

On a per­sonal level the de­fender, who re­placed Paul Han­lon for the clos­ing 10 min­utes of the match, jok­ingly ob­served that he had now jus­ti­fied his de­ci­sion to stick with foot­ball as a young­ster.

“It was def­i­nitely the right de­ci­sion to give up karate when I was a kid. It’s ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic, the feel­ing I have now. It was re­ally spe­cial to go out there and ex­pe­ri­ence that at­mos­phere. I’m so proud to have done some­thing that the club have been wait­ing to do for 114 years, that I’m go­ing to be in this great club’s his­tory. It’s un­be­liev­able.”

Gun­nars­son has been on loan at Hibs since Jan­uary and said that while he was aware that the team was in the run­ning for three tro­phies when he joined, the full im­por­tance of this par­tic­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion was only brought home to him later that month.

“I learned about the Scot­tish Cup and how im­por­tant it was to this club after the semi-fi­nal in the League Cup,” he said.

“The lads all told me it was big to come to a League Cup fi­nal, but it was noth­ing com­pared to be­ing in the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal.

“I don’t know how long it will take to sink in, but this is a day I will re­mem­ber for the rest of my life. It’s the same for the rest of the lads.”

GUN­NARS­SON: ‘I feel very lucky’

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