Arsenal talent Harry Clarke ‘showed some strength and bravery’ on his Ross County debut, according to manager Malky Mackay.

The centre-back – along with fellow debutants Jack Burroughs and David Canola – were thrown on as substitutes in the weekend’s Scottish Premiership match with Hibs. County were already 3-0 down but the Arsenal loanee did well under the circumstances, the scoreline staying the same by full-time.

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The Arsenal loanee shone. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Mackay said: “We got in at half-time and I made a couple of changes, I brought on a couple of debutants, and I asked them to be really brave and get on the front foot. I thought we did that, playing against a good team I think we caused issues for them as well.

“I thought the debutants did well. Young Harry Clarke from Arsenal showed some strength and bravery at the back. It was good to get Jack Burroughs on and David Canola as well. There are a lot of new faces coming into the team and there is time to bring another three or four in.

“There was another game which was 3-0 at half-time and finished 6-0 – so I wanted to make sure that didn’t happen to us. I’ve got no complaints. It was a good team to play against, and good learning for us.”

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