Jamie Maclaren hopes Edinburgh Derby goal lifts Socceroos squad hopes

Jamie Maclaren hopes Edinburgh Derby goal lifts Socceroos squad hopes


Jamie Maclaren is hopeful his Edinburgh Derby goal will give Bert van Marwijk more to think about in the leadup to two March friendlies, though insists he does not expect “too much”.

Maclaren netted the sealing goal for Hibs in their 2-0 win over crosstown rivals hearts at the weekend, marking his second goal in his loan stint with the club.

Maclaren has been included in van Marwijk’s interim squad of 29 for friendlies against Norway and Colombia later this month.

He is a direct rival of Tomi Juric for the No.9 spot under the Dutchman, a place that was short of options even in the latter days of Ange Postecoglou’s reign.

“As a striker, you’ve got to be scoring goals,” Maclaren told Hibs TV.

“I played 85 minutes or so and that put me in good stead.

“I don’t expect too much. I’ve got to continue with my own personal game and if it happens, I’ll just focus on that.”

The striker struggled to describe the feeling of netting in one of Scotland’s biggest matches.

“(It’s) hard to put into words,” Maclaren said.

“I thought I was a bit unlucky (earlier), the goalkeeper made a great save.

“With my finish, I knew where to put it and it was good to celebrate in front of the fans.”

While Maclaren netted in Edinburgh’s own derby, Tom Rogic scored in Glasgow’s Old Firm, a classic 3-2 encounter between Celtic and Rangers.

Van Marwijk is due to cull his squad to 23 shortly.