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Hibernian coach pleased with their on-loan GK performance

Thu 24 December 2020 | 15:05

Jack Ross has supported Dillon Barnes to deal with the intensity at Ibrox Stadium if Hibernian's second goalkeeper is needed to take on Steven Gerrard's Rangers

The on-loan QPR goalie played the last 30 minutes of Wednesday's success over St Mirren after the number one goalkeeper

Ofir Marciano

twisted a hamstring. 

However, the 24-year-old didn't disappoint as he pulled off various clean saves to secure the Hibs 1-0 triumph. 

What's more, head coach Ross demands he has full confidence that Barnes will do another nice work on the off chance that he needs to take on a league leader's Rangers side hoping to make it 12 straight

Premiership

victories on Boxing Day. 

“Dillon coming on is not an easy situation for a goalkeeper, so I was really pleased for him." Ross told HibsTV.

“He’s made a really good contribution to the club around the training ground and he’s popular amongst the players.

“Given he’s staying away from home at a difficult time – he’s got a young family in London – the character he’s shown has been good and I’m delighted that he gave us such a good contribution (on Wednesday night).

“Will it be a big opportunity for him if he has to play at Ibrox? Yeah absolutely.

“Look, I’ve been really fortunate to get him here. He trains well, he’s conscientious in his work.

“I’m just delighted he made a contribution with some saves, his kicking was good and that clean sheet will do him the world of good in terms of confidence and belief.”

Be that as it may, Ross likewise says it is too soon to totally preclude Marciano or midfielder Kyle Magennis, who additionally needed to fall off at half-time with a repeat of his new hamstring difficulties. 

The Hibees

manager stated:

“They are both very similar. Kyle has had a little bit of tightness in his hamstring at half-time.

“It’s nothing too untoward but given what’s happened to him recently we don’t want to take any chances with that.

“Ofir was the same. He felt a little bit of muscle tightness in his hamstring and it didn’t really settle as the second half went on and, similarly, we don’t want to lose him for a prolonged period, so we made that decision.

“It’s a quick turnaround until Boxing Day so we’ll see how those two settle over the next day or so.”

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