Ofir Marciano’s recent comments seem to suggest he wants a move away from Hibs. Fans shouldn’t fret after reading his recent comments though. It’s likely he’ll be at Easter Road next season.
Speaking to Israeli media outlet One in Israel, the Hibees stopper said: “I want to keep myself moving on. In our short career we have to move forward as quickly as possible, I did a good season and I feel like I deserve to move forward, I hope to make that upgrade and jump forward.
“I’m looking forward to moving on to bigger clubs. It gives you a good feeling, you work hard and such interest is an appreciation for yourself, it’s good.”
These quotes really aren’t as dramatic as they seem to appear. He’s an ambitious goalkeeper and will no doubt want a move at some stage, however, that doesn’t mean he’s angling for a transfer.
Marciano’s quotes just show he has ambition
The keeper is contracted in Leith till 2021. Any move to take him away from Easter Road would need to be a pretty sizeable one. The Israeli international is a brick wall for Paul Heckingbottom’s side, his sharp reflexes an eye-catching part of his game.
It’s normal for a player to want a move to a ‘bigger club’. If he didn’t, Marciano shouldn’t be a professional footballer.
If the Israeli wants his big move, he needs to play well at Hibs, which he has done. It’s a win-win for both parties. Marciano gets interest from bigger clubs with superior resources and Hibs get an excellent goalkeeper for a few years. What’s not to like or be surprised about?
Marciano and his family are clearly settled in Edinburgh and his performances have proven that. He’s been reliable whenever his team have called upon so far.
Hibs fans will hope he stays long-term, but that might not happen if Marciano wants to move up the footballing ladder. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be away this summer, as he currently has two years left to run on his current deal.
Marciano is a top keeper and will no doubt leave Hibs some time in the next few seasons, most likely moving on to bigger things. He’s a top keeper and people have to respect he has ambitions to go as far as he can in football. That doesn’t mean you’ve seen the last of him in a Hibs kit.