Aug 24 2012 by Andrew Burns, Dumfries Standard Friday
Smith aiming to dump beloved Hibs out of the cup
KEVIN Smith is racing to be fit in time to face his home town heroes.
Edinburgh-born Smith is a huge Hibs fan but has never faced his beloved team in a competitive game.
The 25-year-old has been struggling with a groin injury for a number of weeks but is desperate to dump Pat Fenlon’s men out of the League Cup.
Palmerston striker Smith said: “I am a Hibs fan born and bred but I have never had the chance to play against them before.
“I’ve always wanted to play against Hibs and every year I’m hoping my team draws them in the cup.
“When we finish our games I always look out for the Hibs result.
“It never happened and now this time I am struggling with an injury.
“I have been doing double sessions in training and working so hard to get fit. It would really mean a lot to play on Tuesday – but a win and a goal would just top it off.
“My family is split down the middle between Hibs and Hearts but hopefully they’ll all be supporting Queens on Tuesday.”
The visit of the Scottish Cup runners-up to Dumfries on Tuesday will not only prove nostalgic for Hibee Smith.
Management duo Allan Johnston and Sandy Clark are well known in Leith – but more for their success across the other side of Edinburgh.
Johnston and Clark both lit up several Hearts sides with their electric performances for the Jambos, not to mention a few Edinburgh derby goals.
And Hibs fans will be sure to remember one of Johnston’s finest moments in maroon, with the Palmerston boss hitting the only goal in a 1–0 derby win at Tynecastle in 1993.
Smith joked: “I was winding Sandy up about it before and after the draw.
“Both Allan and Sandy were brilliant players for Hearts although I don’t remember Allan’s derby winner.
“I was too young to remember that one but I am sure we’ll hear about it over the next few days.”
Former Raith Rovers hitman Smith, who joined Queens last summer, struggled with injury last year and missed most of the second half of the season.
He was operated on in March in an attempt to cure a long-standing muscle injury and was back playing a few weeks after going under the knife.
And the striker claims that he may be feeling the result of hurrying back into action.
Smith said: “I am still feeling the pain of the injury and I’m beginning to think I rushed back a bit too early.
“We were bottom of the league and I wanted to help but maybe I shouldn’t have hurried.
“I have had another jag this week and have been working with the medical team so hopefully the pain will settle a bit and I can play.”
Before Hibs come to town, Queens welcome Albion Rovers to Palmerston this weekend as the Doonhamers look to bounce back from last week’s East Fife stalemate.
Smith added: “I know the Rovers manager Todd Lumsden well from our time at Raith and he is building a good side.
“I spoke to him the other day and he is really looking forward to the game.”