Hibs defender David Gray thinks new manager Paul Heckingbottom would’ve liked more time to spend on the training pitch with his team – although admits it doesn’t make much difference during games.

Heck has faced a hectic run of games since replacing Neil Lennon at Easter Road and came up against his predecessor on Saturday night.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Scott Sinclair of Celtic vies with David Gray of Hibernian uring the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Hibernian at Celtic Park on February 6, 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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With the Gers visiting Easter Road on Friday night, Gray thinks it’s a chance for the manager to “really work” with his squad.

“We now have just shy of a week to prepare for Rangers [on Friday]. He can get us on the training pitch and really work with us because the games have came thick and fast since he came in,” Gray told Edinburgh Live.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Stevie Mallan of Hibernian FC celebrates with David Gray (R) of Hibernian FC during the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Kilmarnock at Easter Road on September 15, 2018 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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“I think he would like to get a bit more information into us than he has done so far. To be honest, you don’t think much of it once the game starts.

“It is just another manager in the dug out.

“The attention turns to the game in hand and us trying to win it.”

9th August 2018, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Europa League football third qualifying round, 1st leg, Hibernian versus Molde FK; David Gray of Hibernian with a header towards goal

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The Hibees currently sit in sixth place in the Premiership – three points ahead of St. Johnstone

With the league splitting next month, Heckingbottom’s side can’t afford to lose any more points or risk ending up in the bottom six.

The visit of Gerrard’s side will be a fantastic test for them after playing host to Celtic at the weekend.

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