'He brings so much to us': Boyle named Scottish Premiership Player of the Month
Socceroo Martin Boyle has been crowned the Scottish Premiership Player of the Month following a sensational December for Hibernian.
The 26-year-old Australian international scored doubles in wins over Aberdeen (3-0) and Heart of Midlothian (2-0), continuing his excellent recovery from two serious knee injuries.
Boyle tore his lateral meniscus in late 2018 after bursting onto the Socceroos stage and reinjured himself while playing for Hibernian in July.
He was welcomed back into the national team fold in Australia's 1-0 triumph over Jordan last November, playing 17 minutes in that FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifier.
Boyle said he was honoured to collect the Player of the Month - Hibernian's second clinching of that award in as many months after Welsh teammate Christian Doidge sealed the November prize.
“When I was out all I wanted to do was to get back out there and do what I could to help the boys," he told the club's official website.
“I missed it all so much and I was probably a nightmare to be around at times.
“But it’s been worth all those early starts in the gym – every second of it – to have moments like we had against Aberdeen and Hearts.
“Now we just want to make sure we have a strong second half to the season so I don’t need to look back to December for highlights.”
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Hibernian, managed by Jack Ross, are sixth on the Scottish Premiership ladder after 21 fixtures.
The Edinburgh club travel to Dundee United in the Scottish Cup fourth round next Monday morning, kick off 2:00am AEDT.
“He [Boyle] brings so much to the table for us, on and off the park, and I still think he has more in him," said Ross.