Hibs manager Jack Ross says Ofir Marciano will likely miss the weekend trip to Rangers – but Dillon Barnes will be an able deputy.

The Israeli keeper was substituted during the Hibees’ latest win, a 1-0 success over St Mirren in which Kevin Nisbet scored the only goal. Next for Ross and his team is a trip to Easter Road.

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Ross’ men head to Rangers next. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But it’s not a journey number one Marciano will be fit for, Queen’s Park Rangers loanee Barnes set to fill in: “We’ll see how Ofir recovers over the next day or so. I don’t think it’s anything too serious but we’ll not take any chances on Boxing Day, should it be the same.

“I’ve been really pleased with Dillon since he came to the club. He played in some League Cup games and did well. He’s trained well, he’s popular within the group.

“I have absolutely no fears about him playing on Boxing Day if required.”

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Barnes will be fine. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Another who may miss this match against Rangers is Christian Doidge, who was sent off for two bookings against St Mirren.

 

While not an ideal time for a rest, Ross says the Welshman perhaps needs one: “The first one is deserved, no complaints. The second one, there is no intent – I know there is no intent.

“I can understand, potentially, why it’s been given but I would still argue the case. But, of course, there’s no chance to appeal anyway. He’s been great for me and he gets an enforced rest, which might be good for him because he’s put a lot into the last few weeks.

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A busy few weeks at Hibs. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I would much rather have him but we’ve got to find a way to win at Ibrox. We adjust that a little bit now.”

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