Hibs head coach Jack Ross says he is looking to strengthen in defence and attack as the cinch Premiership club prepare to welcome Arsenal to Easter Road.

The English Premier League giants will face Hibs in a friendly on Tuesday night, with 2,000 fans in attendance at the match. Hibs’ pre-season contest with Arsenal will be the first time home supporters have watched Ross’ side in-person since 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hibs fans return against Arsenal. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Preparing for the start of their UEFA Europa Conference League campaign this month, Hibs were in England last week for a training camp, facing EFL duo Accrington Stanley and Stoke City. Now with Arsenal to come next, Ross says it’s a ‘good challenge’ for his squad.

He said: “It was nice to be back after a pretty short break for us. We’ve had some disruption with minor injuries and illnesses but outside that it’s been good. The players came back in really good condition and I can’t ask any more of the players in terms of the level they’ve been at.

“I think fans coming back will be the nicest part about Tuesday. The high-profile nature of Arsenal is more what’s it’s about externally but for us it’s preparation. It’s a good challenge for us and having people back in the stadium will be terrific.”

Looking forward to some fans in attendance. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Daniel Mackay and Jake Doyle-Hayes have been added to Ross’ squad from Inverness Caledonian Thistle and St Mirren respectively this summer, but the Hibs head coach still wants to add more. Attack and defence have been pinpointed as two areas to strengthen.

 

Ross said: “We want some more players in soon. We want some new players in a couple of areas ideally, attack and defence. The attacking players did brilliant for us last season but we relied heavily upon them. It would be nice to have other options at times.

“We haven’t been able to do anything yet we feel would improve us but hopefully that is the case soon. We have kept the bulk of our squad from last season. Every manager wants to improve their squad but with the additions we have made to a team that was good last season, we are in a stable state. But a couple of quality additions would help us.”

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