Maclaren thrilled after scoring maiden goal for Hibernian

Caltex Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren has spoken of his delight after scoring his maiden goal for Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership overnight.

Maclaren, on loan from German side SV Darmstadt, netted from the penalty spot with 15 minutes remaining to hand Hibernian an upset 2-1 win away to Rangers.

And the 24-year-old admitted it was ‘special’ to score his first goal in front of almost 50,000 fans at Ibrox Stadium.

“As any striker will tell you, scoring a goal, doesn’t matter if it’s a tap-in or a long-range goal, any goal is special,” Maclaren told Hibs TV.

“To do it [for] my first goal for Hibs, with the state of the game and stuff like that – you enjoy it and you live in the moment.

“To have the boys celebrate with me as well and celebrate with the fans, it was an amazing moment."

Maclaren was introduced off the bench inside 10 minutes after Manchester City loanee Brandon Barker was forced off with injury.

And despite an earlier than expected arrival, Maclaren said he was just grateful for the opportunity after struggling for game-time in recent months.

“It was one of those things. You’ve always got to be ready as a sub,” he said.

“I’ve been waiting for the last two weeks for an opportunity and what better way to do it than here.

“As soon as I came on I knew it was going to be a fantastic atmosphere and to be fair the first half we played some really good stuff and I was happy to be out there."