Hibernian striker Marc McNulty idolised Celtic legend Henrik Larsson growing up as a football fan, sharing that his father used to take him to all the Hoops games on BBC Sportsound this evening (53:25).
McNulty is on loan at Hibs for the second successive season and was the club’s Scottish Cup hero at the weekend, helping them navigate past a potential cup shock against minnows BSC Glasgow.
The two-cap Scotland international (Transfermarkt) scored a hat-trick on the day, opening his account on his first start for Jack Ross’ side this term.
BBC Sportsound had him on the show to talk about his ambitions of breaking into Steve Clarke’s side once again, with presenter Kenny MacIntyre asking the forward who he idolised as a youngster.
McNulty said to BBC Sportsound this evening (53:25): “I am a Celtic fan, my Dad is a Celtic fan and took me to all the games.
“Henrik Larsson was my first hero, I just think everything about his game when I was younger was brilliant, so I always looked up to him.”
While he once cheered on the Scottish champions, his big goal this season will be performing for Hibs.
He reckons if he stays fit he’ll find the goals that could bring him more caps, telling the broadcaster (10/02 Radio Scotland MW, 19:28): “I’m confident I’ll score goals and if that leads to an opportunity to the national team, then yeah it’s absolutely brilliant.”
He scored eight goals in 17 games for Hibs last season (Transfermarkt) and with three to his name already this term could prove to be shrewd January acquisition for Ross.
While McNulty might not quite be performing at the level of Larsson, he’s not a bad player to have learned from!
The Edinburgh side are currently sitting in a top-six position in the Scottish Premiership but will be looking to push further up the table in pursuit of Livingston, Aberdeen and Motherwell in the coming weeks and months.