Hibs star Florian Kamberi looking forward to Europa League run after smashing NSI Runavik

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GO WITH THE FLO

The Swiss striker scored a hat-trick against the Faroese side at Easter Road and now has his sights set on an almost-certain trip to Greece in the next round

FLO KAMBERI has sampled the white-hot action of European competition with Grasshoppers.

Now he wants to taste more of it with Hibs.

Florian Kamberi celebrates after scoring for Hibs

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Florian Kamberi celebrates after scoring for Hibs

The Swiss striker hit the Hibees’ first European hat-trick in 45 years in Thursday’s 6-1 rout of Faroese part-timers NSI Runavik.

With a second qualifying round tie against Greek outfit Asteras Tripolis a near certainty, Kamberi is looking ahead to a Euro run.

He played at Fenerbahce’s Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul two years ago and reckons Hibs’ trip to Greece will be just as difficult.

Kamberi said: “When I was in Europe with Grasshoppers, they played four European qualification games and then in the play-offs we got Fenerbahce, a huge team.

Kamberi is bundled over in the box

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Kamberi is bundled over in the box

“We lost and that just goes to show how difficult it can be to reach the group stage.

“It’s tough, so we have to be ready for anything. Istanbul was a nice stadium and a great atmosphere.

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“It’s a fantastic experience to play somewhere like that and that will hopefully help me be ready for Greece in the next round.

“It would be amazing for the club to reach the group stage, but it’s such a hard task.

“Thursday night was Runavik and if you want to go to the group stage you have to play much bigger teams.

“But anything is possible. We need to focus on ourselves, play our football and see what happens.

“We aren’t a team who just try to play long balls or get headers. I think we play very nice football. We showed that last season.

“When we play in Europe it is different, with tougher opponents.

“I think we’ll have a real chance if we play like we did last season.

“We can’t think the Runavik tie is over, we need to be focused for the second game. But Thursday was the perfect start for us.

Kamberi shoots at goal

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Kamberi shoots at goal

“Every striker likes to score hat-tricks, but the most important thing was it was the first game and a first win.

“I scored a hat-trick for Hibs against Hamilton last season and I’d like to score one every week, but it’s not that easy, sadly.

“The important thing was winning my first European game with the club.

“I had some pain in my knee at half-time and the coach wanted to take me off, but I told him I wanted to play for another ten minutes because I wanted my hat-trick!

“When I got that third goal, I was happy to come off!

“I didn’t know I had broken the record about hat-tricks in Europe, so I was very happy about that.

“I have nowhere to put the match balls yet. I need to score many more hat-tricks, then I will organise somewhere to put them!



“I was glad to score three after the first goal from the penalty because it was a s**t penalty!

“The two I scored last season against Hearts and Rangers were much better, but at least it went over the line.

“It was a good team performance. Stevie Mallan’s a good footballer, he has nice feet and I think he’s a little like Scotty Allan. He’s a nice guy.

“He trained very well and he was excellent in the game.”


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