Maclaren scores for Hibernian in Edinburgh Derby
Caltex Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren found the target to help Hibernian to a win over rivals Hearts in the Scottish Premiership overnight.
Maclaren, on loan from German club SV Darmstadt, started and netted his side’s second goal as they secured a hard-fought 2-0 win at Easter Road Stadium.
With just over 10 minutes remaining, the Aussie received the ball from a long throw-in and wriggled clear of three Hearts defenders before sliding a neat finish into the bottom corner.
It was his second goal for Hibernian since joining the club in January and follows his late winner against Scottish giants Rangers in early February.
“I just got the ball, turned, maybe got a bit lucky but I knew where to put it in the bottom corner,” Maclaren told Sky Sports of his goal.
“Thankfully it went in and it was a nice celebration too.”
The Aussie joked his goal wouldn’t have gone down too well with one of his family members, revealing his grandfather is a diehard Hearts supporter.
“He’s watching. I don’t know if he’ll be too happy. I’ll give him a buzz tomorrow morning and see what he’s saying,” Maclaren said.
“It’s a good moment. He’s happy for me and I’m just thankful we got the win.”
Poll: choose your Caltex Socceroos starting XI to face Colombia in London
After Saturday morning’s (AEDT) loss to Norway, the Caltex Socceroos get a chance at redemption when they take on Colombia in London. Coach Bert van Marwijk handed debuts to the likes of Dimitri Petratos, Andrew Nabbout and Aleksandar Susnjar in Oslo and is sure to freshen up
What’s next for the Caltex Socceroos?
While Bert van Marwijk’s debut game as Caltex Socceroos coach didn’t go to plan, the side gets a chance to put things right when they take on Colombia in London on Wednesday morning (Australian time). The South Americans are a dangerous side, having beaten Australia’s Group C
Opponent Watch: Deschamps slams ‘cocky’ France
The Caltex Socceroos weren’t the only team in pre-World Cup friendly action this weekend, with all three of their Group C opponents in Russia featuring in matches. And Australia’s first opponents at the World Cup France suffered a setback in their preparations against Colombia
Analysis: debutants Petratos, Susnjar the positives after Oslo loss
Result aside, Dimi Petratos and Aleksandar Susnjar had assured debuts on Saturday morning. It was encouraging to see two starting XI debutants given a chance in Bert van Marwijk’s first game in charge. REPORT: Caltex Socceroos undone by Norway in BvM's maiden match ANAL