New Hibs striker Simon Murray insists Dundee United’s painful play-off final defeat hurt him just as much as the team-mates he left behind.
The 25-year-old was forced to issue an apology to the club’s supporters after a picture of him smiling in a Hibs training top did the rounds on social media less than 24 hours after last month’s second-leg loss to Hamilton.
Murray’s move to Neil Lennon’s side was finally confirmed the following day but the marksman, who notched 18 goals last season, insists he was still gutted he was not able to play his part in taking the Tannadice club straight back to the Premiership.
Murray said: “Obviously we didn’t win the league but we were in the play-off final and we had the chance to get the team back to the Premiership, and I wanted nothing more than to do that.
“My mates are still there and I wanted to do it for them and, being from Dundee, my friends and family members are Dundee United fans.
“I was gutted but, when the opportunity came to come to Hibs, there was only one place I wanted to be.
“It would be totally unfair to say it didn’t hurt me as much. People who know me know that.
“My manager at Dundee United (Ray McKinnon) knew I was coming here so, if he thought I didn’t care, he wouldn’t have played me.
“People who know me know I give 100% every time I play. Some people might say that but I know myself that isn’t the case.”