Hibs manager Jack Ross is hoping to welcome Jamie Murphy and Steven Bradley back to his selection plans after the international break.
Ross had a small pool of players to pick from as Hibs drew 1-1 with Livingston on Saturday, a point that puts them seven points clear in the Scottish Premiership’s third place. He hopes to have youngster Bradley and Rangers loanee Murphy back for Scottish Cup action against Queen of the South.
The Hibees boss said: “We’ve only had 18 outfield players training this week and that’s us. We’ve got Jamie [Murphy] Sean Mackie and young Steven Bradley and that’s it in terms of players but hopefully both of them, maybe not Mackie, will return after the international break.
“We’re looking forward to the break but then after that we’re hopefully going into the last five games in the split and the Scottish Cup with a full complement of players. Post-split games are tough, every one of them against good teams. But we’re in a good position at the moment.”
While his players were ‘slightly frustrated’ with a point against Livingston, Ross was ‘content’: “We would have loved to win the game and people might say it was an opportunity to go further ahead. But it’s not easy to achieve success in this league and it wasn’t easy at this venue, against a good team.
“I felt before the game if we’d matched Aberdeen’s result we’d be in a good position going into the split. In the end, we have bettered it and a point puts us in a healthy position. The games are tough after the split but we are feeling good about ourselves.
“It was disappointing in a sense of not taking advantage of a dominant second half with the opportunities we created but pleased with how we played and given results elsewhere it’s another step forward for us in achieving our goal.
“The group is maybe slightly frustrated in not getting the result that maybe we deserved but I think overall happy and content as well.”
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