World News – GB – Hibs manager Jack Ross says Betfred Cup challenge will be a team effort


In an ideal world there would be some degree of both, but in these weird and financially difficult times the decision was made to invest what money they had as high priority and hopefully , the rewarded players

With the transfer window now closed, he leaves manager Jack Ross with a squad he describes as skinny These resources will be tested over the next week as his squad play three League Cup games in six days, provided Forfar gets the green light to play next Tuesday’s game after a player tests positive for coronavirus

Without Ofir Marciano, Ryan Porteous, Alex Gogic and Josh Doig due to international engagements, Joe Newell is also sidelined due to the shoulder injury suffered in Friday night’s league win over Hamilton while Scott Allan remains unavailable

These players have played a vital role in the club’s positive start to the season and although they will be missed, their absence offers others the opportunity to impress

Goalkeeper Dillon Barnes will be front of the line when those chances are handed out, while latest signing Kyle Magennis will also get playing time as he struggles to level up after his rehab cruciate ligaments

« Dillon was brilliant It’s so hard to do when you call in a goalie on loan who knows Ofir is the first choice But he was brilliant – his performance levels in training and how much of a character he is and how well he fit into the squad

« When we signed him he knew he would play in these games so he knew he wouldn’t have long to wait for competitive action and I can’t wait to get him up on the pitch »

Loaned QPR has impressed in rebound games but will make his competitive debut against the Brora Rangers tonight

Magennis is also set to bow out against the Highland League champions His last competitive game was in January, but medics say he’s ready to be dived again and after watching the midfielder go coach over the past two days, manager Ross agrees

Against smaller opponents, the Easter Road management also plan to rotate in order to give fringe players like Darren McGregor, David Gray, Steve Mallan and Melker Hellberg a way to hone their fitness, while youngsters such as Jamie Gullan and Ryan Shanley will also present

« It’s not that we don’t take the competition seriously, because it’s a huge competition for us, » said Ross « We are without four players to start and we have important league games thereafter, so there is an opportunity to use all of our players

« We have a group and I keep talking about them, saying how good they’ve been and they’ve been, so I’m glad to see a lot of them on the pitch

« The challenge is to keep them in the right level of conditioning and these games will mean that many of them will have precious minutes under their belt and hopefully leave them in a better position when we need them. » Because, without a doubt, we will need it during the season « 

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News World – GB – Hibs manager Jack Ross says Betfred Cup challenge will be a team effort


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