Hibs striker Marc McNulty has joked he will have to fight it out with Paul Hanlon for penalty-taking duties after the defender missed against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup quarter-final.

To the surprise of many, the Hibees’ vice-captain stepped up after McNulty was fouled by Kevin McHattie, but he was thwarted brilliantly by Caley Thistle goalkeeper Mark Ridgers.

That save meant Jack Ross’ side have now gone three spot-kicks without scoring, which is somewhat concerning for the manager.

Ross may have some penalty issues. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

The latest miss from 12 yards saw Ross suggest he may need to get frustrated about the situation, although he did defend the decision to allow Hanlon to take it.

Luckily Hanlon’s miss wasn’t costly and after the game, McNulty – who was seen in conversation with Hanlon about who would adopt the duty against Inverness – said he would be confident to step up again next time.

He said: “As a striker, you want to take the penalties all the time, even if you’ve missed, like I missed my last one. It doesn’t matter to me, I could miss two or three and I would still want to take them.

 

“As a striker, you always need to be confident and feel you are going to go up and put it away.

Penalty squabbles at Hibs. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“The decision was made that Paul was to take them and Paul’s told me he had a good record of taking penalties.

“Unfortunately, he’s missed and he didn’t want that to happen but it has and I suppose now we’ll get back to the drawing board and see who takes the next one.

“It’s one of these things, Paul’s record is good. I think I’ll need to fight him, Rocky or something. Everyone will need to take a penalty on Monday and we’ll see what happens.

“The next penalty I would be confident of wanting to take it, I’m sure a couple of the boys might be in the same boat.”

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