‘It shows his progression over the last couple of years’: Hibs boss lauds Boyle’s Caltex Socceroos display

Hibernian boss Neil Lennon says Martin Boyle’s memorable starting debut for the Caltex Socceroos is a reward for his hard work and development at the club in recent years.

Boyle made an immediate impact in his first start for Graham Arnold’s side, scoring a brace and providing an assist for Mathew Leckie in the 3-0 win over Lebanon last week.

The 25-year-old winger showed the type of attacking intent and eye for goal that Lennon has become accustomed to from Boyle for Hibs in the Scottish Premiership.

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Lennon was delighted with Boyle’s exploits with the Caltex Socceroos and hopes he will bring that form back to his club for the remainder of the season.

“Martin got a huge boost, and it was a huge boost for the club,” Lennon told Edinburgh Evening News.

“Individually it was fantastic and it shows the progression he has made even over the last couple of years. It is really fantastic for him and we are all really pleased for him.

“In terms of his own persona, it will give him that little bit extra confidence that he can compete at international level and have an impact.

Martin Boyle celebrates one of his two goals against Lebanon.

“Hopefully that confidence will exude on to the pitch for us. We have nine games between now and the end of the year and he is an important player for us.”

Boyle plays alongside fellow Caltex Socceroos Jamie Maclaren and Mark Milligan at Hibernian.

The trio are next in action for seventh-placed Hibs on Sunday morning (2am AEDT), when they travel to take on Kilmarnock.