Since coming back from injury, Chris Cadden has enjoyed a good spell at Hibernian and is becoming a very reliable player for Jack Ross.
Unfortunately, Cadden missed both the semi-finals and the final of the Scottish Cup last season through injury.
Thankfully, he was fit for Sunday’s victory over Rangers – which he has already described as one of the best moments of his career so far.
“Sunday was – by far – right up there. There was something different about it, the fans, the atmosphere, it was brilliant. Even after the scenes, it was something that you are going to look back on for a while.”
Coming into Sunday’s semi-final, there were a few questions asked of the team, given the difficult run of form.
Despite the criticisms, Cadden says the side never lost faith in what they were doing.
“We have never lost faith in what we do, and the Gaffer has always said that. We were not in the best of form but for me, going in, there was no better game to put in a performance and that was on our mindset going into Sunday. We had a good couple of weeks to build up to it and the training was brilliant. For me, it was the perfect game for us at the perfect time.”
Following the big victory over Rangers, Cadden and the squad’s attention turns to the midweek game against Ross County.
“The games are coming thick and fast. It is that time of year where there are a lot of games in a short space of time. It is a massive game (against Ross County) because we have not been in the best of form league-wise, so we really need to get kick-started there again.”
The fixture with Ross County was initially meant to be played at the end of October, however, due to a Covid outbreak within the squad, it had to be delayed.
“We were ready to play, ready to go. It is not nice, but it is the world we live in. We were unfortunate about what happened. It was a massive game for us, we were really looking forward to it and looking to put in a good performance at County away.
“It was not what we wanted at the time but all we can do is turn it into a positive. A break for us might have done us well, a bit of time on the training pitch to get everything sorted. We also had that big game (against Rangers) for us to step and up put a performance in to get the belief and the confidence back in the group. Sunday was a big game, but Wednesday is just as big, it is a massive game for us to go and kick on again.”
Despite his injury troubles in the past, Cadden is ready for the upcoming run of fixtures Hibernian have ahead of them in December.
“I am ready to go for as many as the Gaffer will put me in for. I feel great, I feel – probably – the best I have felt fitness-wise since I came to Hibs. I have worked hard to get back.
“To get as many games in as possible would be great, fitness-wise I feel good and raring to go.”