Football - Taiwo: Hibs are no one-man team

Hibernian midfielder Tom Taiwo insists Celtic will not be taking on a one-man team in this Sunday's William Hill Scottish Cup final.

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Tom Taiwo, left, admits it is unfair to label Hibernian a one-man team

Striker Leigh Griffiths needs just two goals from the Hampden meeting with the Clydesdale Bank Premier League champions to become the first Easter Road attacker to net 30 goals in 40 years.

But the on-loan Wolves man's sensational form - which has won him both the Scottish Football Writers' Association's and Clydesdale Bank player of the year awards - has been in contrast to the performances put in by some of his struggling team-mates.

The Leith outfit had won just once in the SPL since the turn of the year before ending their league campaign with three successive victories.

But their meek displays led some critics to suggest their points tally which took them to seventh place in the SPL would have been far less had it not been for Griffiths' contribution.

Taiwo, though, disagrees strongly and hailed the input of other members of the Hibs squad.

He told Press Association Sport: "Look at Robert Lewandowski at Dortmund or Mario Gomez the season before at Bayern. They are scoring 30 goals a season but no-one is calling them a one-man team.

"Leigh is playing well and scoring so many great goals that have won us games but people say we are a one-man team. But if we win 1-0 with Leigh getting the winner on Sunday, you have got the four boys at the back and Ben Williams in goal keeping the clean sheet and that is just as important.

"We know we are lucky to have Leigh because he will probably go on to massive things but at the same time, we have to give respect to the other boys who are doing their jobs too.

"That sort of comment about Leigh being the only player performing for us doesn't anger me - it just makes Sparky's ego even bigger. He loves being the top dog and he thrives on it. We let him think that but we all know he's not really."

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