Hibs head coach Jack Ross says he is considering Steven Bradley’s options after an impressive display from the winger against Arsenal.
The 19-year-old showed no fear playing against Arsenal and Bosnia left-back Sead Kolašinac during Hibs’ 2-1 win over the Premier League side. Ross says he is ‘excited’ about Bradley, but admits a decision needs to be made on his future this season. Bradley has played four times for Hibs and on five occasions for Queen’s Park during a loan stint.
He said: “Steven was a bit unfortunate last season as we couldn’t put him out on loan as he was needed for matchday squads. He’s trained with us for a year now and has made big strides forward. The players like him and he acquitted himself well. There’s obviously still things he can improve on.
“He’s at a key moment – do we put him out on loan or does he stay with us? It’s asking whether he can be an asset for us as the season goes on. I am excited about him, it’s just about transferring things to big pitches and competitive games.”
Ross’ side finish off pre-season against Raith Rovers on Friday ahead of their UEFA Europa Conference League campaign, and the Arsenal game is a good morale-booster: “You want to get into the habit of winning games again. Because of the nature of the opposition, the players felt like it was a real game because of the calibre of opponent.
“It’s a positive result for us and pre-season in general so far for us has been positive. Playing against two fresh teams either side of half-time meant the intensity didn’t really drop. The pace Arsenal move at is challenging but we stood up to it well. The only negative has been some of the players we have missed. But overall we have been pleased.”
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