Cup Glory Made Me a Legend at Killie.I Want to Be Same at Hibs; SCOTTISH CUP COUNTDOWN .. Fired-Up Nelson Would Love to Help Smash Hoodoo
Byline: ANTHONY HAGGERTY email@example.com
IT took Michael Nelson just two short months to become a legend at Kilmarnock after the Ayrshire side beat Celtic to win the League Cup in 2012.
And Nelson is aware he can become an even bigger hero down Leith way if he can help Hibs finally lift the Scottish Cup after an agonising 112-year wait.
With every year that passes Nelson believes the club's sorry history in the Scottish Cup has only served to haunt the players as they chase the elusive piece of silverware.
The beaten finalists in the last two seasons embark on the Scottish Cup trail this weekend against Ross County in Dingwall.
Nelson reckons the clubs' supporters are more obsessed with the hoodoo than the players - but is determined to bring the Scottish Cup to Easter Road.
Nelson said: "It happened for me at Kilmarnock. I went there in January and won the League Cup in March.
"I had only been there two months and people were saying I was a club legend and that it was unbelievable to bring the Cup to Kilmarnock.
"That's massive for the boys. It's almost like the current group of players gets haunted by the club's history in the Scottish Cup.
"It would be massive for us to go out and do something.
"Whoever is in the squad during that season would be remembered for a long, long time.
"That's an extra incentive on top of just winning the cup.
"It's a great opportunity for every one of the players to go out and earn a place in the history books.
"Talk of the cup hoodoo stays away until the first round of games.
"I'm sure if we get through this round it will be mentioned in the next round but the players just get on with it.
"A lot of the players who are at the club now weren't here last year so they haven't got the same connection the way that the supporters have "You have fans who have been supporting Hibs since they were kids and now they're in their 50s and 60s - it sticks with them throughout. Every two y or three seasons there is a turnover of players so you don't get a prolonged stint at a club where it really affects you."
On Tuesday night Nelson made his long-awaited comeback from a fractured cheekbone when he played in an Under-20 fixture against Hamilton.
Nelson suffered the injury in a clash of heads with Celtic hitman Amido Balde during the 1-1 draw with Neil Lennon's side at Easter Road last month.
After going under the knife to solve the problem Nelson wears a protective mask in games - but he revealed he has gained little sympathy from new boss Terry Butcher who has labelled him The Phantom.
Butcher has also slagged off his attempts at growing a moustache for Movember, claiming he looks like something out of Ripper Street. …