Hibernian defender Jordon Forster says playing in next week’s Scottish Cup against Celtic would be a “dream come true”.
The 19-year-old was on the Parkhead club’s books as a youth but was released paving the way for his move to Easter Road.
Foster made his debut in last weekend’s Edinburgh derby win at Tynecastle.
And with James McPake and Tim Clancy struggling with injuries, the teenager could earn a starting spot.
"At Celtic, I had a discussion with the head of youth and he said at that time it was unlikely that I'd get a pro contract. That was three years ago," Forster said.
"Whenever you're released by a club and play them again, there's always an edge. That will always be there.
"Hopefully I will give the manager here a headache for the final by continuing to perform well on the pitch and in training.
"There's an extra incentive for me every time I play against Celtic now."
Describing his decision to join Hibs as the "best thing I've ever done", Forster is hoping for more days to remember.
He added: "It is hard to sum up what the last couple of weeks have been like. It's happened so fast, like a whirlwind. "If you'd asked me a couple of months ago if I'd be in this position, I'd have said 'no way'. To make my debut at Tynecastle in the derby was unbelievable.
"It justifies my decision to come here after leaving Celtic, 100 per cent. It wasn't going to work out for me there and joining Hibs is the best thing I've ever done.
"Hibs are renowned for bringing youth players through and that's been proved.
"It would be a dream come true for me to play against Celtic's first team and win. I'd be lying if I said I haven't thought about running out against them at Hampden in a Scottish Cup final."
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