Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom thinks teenage ace Fraser Murray will force his way into the first-team at Easter Road soon – and admitted that he would have already had his chance but for injury.

Murray was rehabbing a groin problem when Heck took charge in Leith and has been wrapped in cotton wool to make sure he’s fully fit before giving him his chance.

27th February 2019, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, St Johnstone versus Hibernian; Paul Heckingbottom Hibernian Manager and Marc McNulty of Hibernian celebrates the win at full time

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Heckingbottom hopes Murray’s over his problems now and wants to give him a chance to show what he can do.

“When I first came in he was rehabbing because he had a groin problem and had been out so we were careful with his minutes on the pitch and in training,” Heck told the Edinburgh Evening News.

16th February 2019, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Hamilton Academical; Paul Heckingbottom Hibernian Manager takes the applause of the Easter road crowd on his debut

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“I would have had him on the bench earlier but I didn’t want to undo all of the good work the medical staff had done with him. I would have hated to chuck him in too early and he started getting sore again so it was important that we stuck to their plan.

“Hopefully now we’ll have him fit for the remainder of the season and hopefully he can get more minutes and force his way into a start.”

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on April 13, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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With an Edinburgh derby this weekend, it would be a fantastic chance for Murray to make a massive name for himself.

Murray has only made one appearance for the first-team in the Scottish Cup win over Elgin earlier in the campaign.

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