Hibs head coach Jack Ross believes goalkeeper Matt Macey can become a ‘bigger hero’ than last season’s number one Ofir Marciano.

The Israeli international left Hibs after five years at Easter Road at the end of last season and has been replaced between the sticks by Macey. Ross’ men have only lost twice with the former Arsenal goalkeeper involved in a starting XI since his arrival in January, and arguably he turned in his best display during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Hearts.

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Macey has impressed Ross. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Both he and Hearts counterpart Craig Gordon ensured neither of Edinburgh’s Scottish Premiership clubs could go top of the table. Ross said: “Matt has really grown into the role of an established number one, that’s why he came to the club.

“The performances and results we have achieved with him in the team have been outstanding, going right back to the cup games of last season. He played a big part in us taking something from the game.

“And for Craig, he has done that countless times against other teams. Certainly against Hibs. But some of the saves from both of them were outstanding. Can Matt be a bigger hero than Ofir? Yes. His performance in the cup final gets overshadowed because we lost and that could have elevated him to that kind of status.

“But that performance, every player needs moments like that. I’ve been delighted with him in general but in the eyes of supporters when you produce that type of performance in this type of game it elevates how they feel about him.”

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