FLORIAN Kamberi has hailed new Hibernian manager Paul Heckingbottom as a man with a plan following the Englishman’s arrival as successor to Neil Lennon.

Kamberi helped Heckingbottom get his new reign off to the perfect start at the weekend when he claimed he got the slightest of touches on Hibs’ opening goal in their 2-0 win over Hamilton Accies.

It was the Swiss striker’s first goal in nine league matches, with his performances said to have been at the centre of the training-ground bust-up rumoured to have sparked Lennon’s suspension.


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The 23-year-old now has 10 for the campaign but a failure to hit the heights of last season’s loan stint drew stinging criticism from Lennon on a number of occasions.

However, the summer signing from Grasshoppers is now hoping to thrive under Heckingbottom’s regime after being impressed by the former Barnsley and Leeds United manager’s methods so far.

He said: “We know that we have to do a few things better but it is the first game with the new manager and a first win.

“You see the manager has a plan. He knows how to play and we have a game-plan. He analyses a lot of things with us in training and he records the training sessions, and we try to do our best on the pitch.

“I think, for the first game, we did well. It’s always difficult for the opponent if the strikers press them and are on the front foot.

“If you play against a team who plays very well and you let them play then it is very difficult to defend.

“So the motto here with the new manager is we will press the opposition all the time and we did that very well on Saturday.”

Kamberi insists he applied the finish to Daryl Horgan’s 17th-minute cross to break the deadlock against Hamilton at the weekend.


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But, despite admitting he hopes the goal will spark a fruitful spell for him, the marksman is adamant that team victories mean more to him than personal glory.

Kamberi, who scored nine times in 14 outings for Hibs last term, added: “I touched it, a wee bit! It was not a big touch but a wee touch is a wee touch and I was happy the ball went in.

“I’m happy to score again but the important thing is we have the three points. I hope [to go on a scoring run]. As a striker, of course, your job and your ambition is always to score in every game. But it’s not always easy. Maybe from the outside it looks easier than when you’re on the pitch.

"For me, the important thing is just to win games. If I don’t score for 10 games but we win all 10 games then that will be [good] for me. It doesn’t matter if I don’t score.

“But I try to score, to help the team win the games, and I’m happy I did that on Saturday.”