Football - Doyle eager to shine in final

Hibernian striker Eoin Doyle has assured manager Pat Fenlon he will give his all in the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Celtic if given the nod for the Hampden showdown.

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Eoin Doyle is joining Chesterfield in the summer

It was revealed a number of weeks ago that the Irish forward will quit the Edinburgh club for a switch to Chesterfield in the summer. But he is determined to go out on a high and write his name into Hibs folklore by helping them lift the trophy before he says his farewells.

Doyle said: "It would be nice to go down in the history books for such a massive club. It would be a dream of mine. It will be my last game for the club and, if I do get the nod for it, I certainly won't be short of effort.

"When I knew I was leaving, I put that to the side. I was just concentrating on giving 100 per cent in the last few games for the club and I think I've showed that. I always want to do my best for the club.

"The manager brought me over here, he put faith in me, and I suppose you could say that I owe him for that. I'm going to give everything until the end of the season."

Doyle did his chances of making the Hampden team no harm when he bagged a late double in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Kilmarnock in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

He said: "I gave it 100 per cent. I thought the goal maybe wasn't going to come. I had a few missed chances and the offside goal but I kept at it and it came in the end. I'm happy we got the three points."

Victory for Hibs over Celtic on May 26 would end a 111-year wait to lift the Scottish Cup - and make amends for last year's 5-1 capitulation to city rivals Hearts.

Doyle said: "There have been a lot of changes in the dressing room but, for those of us who were there last year, it's always in the back of our minds. It wasn't a nice day at all and it wasn't a nice summer after it.

"We know we owe the fans a lot and we will be trying our best to give everything on the day. It's been a long time now and it's hard to believe, with the stature of the club. Hopefully this is the year we can do it."

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