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Sold by Leeds United to Chelsea, midfielder Tom Taiwo now aiming for second career trophy

Former Leeds prospect Tom Taiwo is aiming to end Celtic's treble dream but first has to help Falkirk beat Hibernian.

Controversially sold as a teenager by Leeds United to Chelsea, Tom Taiwo failed to make the breakthrough at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea let him leave in 2010 to Carlisle United, and Taiwo has been rebuilding his career ever since. 

Now 25-years-old, speaking to the Scottish Sun, the central midfielder is looking to lead Falkirk to the Scottish Cup.

The second tier side face Hibs in the semi-final this weekend and Taiwo is buoyant about the team's chances of winning.

He said: "We’ve played well against all the top teams in the Championship this season so we know we can mix it with Hibs. We’d take a scrappy win on Saturday if that’s what it needs."

Taiwo's side are fifth in the Scottish Championship, and face a tall order should they manage to beat Hibernian. They would be up against the winner of Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Celtic, with the latter aiming to complete a domestic treble in Ronny Deila's first season as boss.

The midfielder does already have one medal in his locker though. Taiwo won the Football League trophy with Carlisle United in 2011, after being a Wembley runner-up with the same side in 2010.

He was also part of the Hibs side which beat Falkirk in 2013 in a cup semi-final, and he is building up plenty of big game experience as his career progresses. He started the final at Hampden Park that year but could not prevent them losing 3-0 to Celtic, and has a chance for revenge with a different side if they can get a win on Saturday.

Taiwo may not be playing at the level which he was hoped to when Jose Mourinho's Chelsea signed himself and Michael Woods from Leeds United, nor even at one at the standard of the Yorkshire club, but he is successfully forging a career for himself away from the spotlight, and it is one where he still stands a chance of success and glory.

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