Hibernian boss Jack Ross was delighted with Kyle Magennis’ goal scoring return to the first-team. Magennis made a first start for the Easter Road side since October in the recent 1-1 draw with Dundee United.

He scored Hibernian’s goal in the game, and looks set to keep his place in the side against his old team St Mirren this evening.

Ross was pleased with the display, and he disclosed that he could have kept the player on longer than he did – he played 65 minutes – but explained why he took him off.

“Trying to manage him”

“I was delighted with him. In fairness, he may have physically been able to last longer than he did in the game.

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Hibernian’s Kyle Magennis celebrates his goal against Dundee United (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

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I was just trying to manage him through this period, we want him to be available for each game” he said.

“He’s making really good progress. His performance levels are going up in the games he has played. He was good at the weekend. His contribution was obvious with the goal, but I think his all-round play was good” Ross continued.

Manager thinks player can get even better

Even though Ross is full of praise for Magennis, he thinks the player can get even better.

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Kyle Magennis looks set to be a big player for Hibernian during the festive season (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Because I gave him his debut, and played him regularly as a young player (at St Mirren) I’ve always had a lot of faith in his abilities. I think he knows that, which is encouraging for him. So when he’s made this move he knows how much faith I have in him. I do think he has growth in him yet, so I think he’s got improvement in him. I think he’s got a lot to still achieve in his career.”

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