Ofir Marciano has been in fine form this season – and the Hibs keeper says it’s down to embracing the ‘boring’ side of life.
The Israeli international is yet to concede from open play this term as the Hibees start the season in good fashion. They’ve lost just one of their opening six games, Marciano keeping three clean sheets.
He’s wanting to improve in all areas to help his contribution to Jack Ross’ Hibs side – even if that means buying into uneventful things in everyday life.
“I’m trying to be stronger, quicker, leaner,” he said. “But it’s not just physically, it’s also mentally. There’s stuff that I am trying to work on and being able to deal with harder times on the pitch.
“I just wanted to be more at it, to upgrade my game, I just tried to have a good lifestyle – good food and just trying to focus on the things that I am doing during the day, if it’s football or other stuff.
“I’m trying to be in the moment and enjoy as much as I can from my life. It’s quite boring, but you need to enjoy the boring stuff, to come in every day and work on simple stuff and that makes you eventually able to help the team in those situations.
“That’s something that I would like to improve in my game, in my career, and to become a better goalkeeper.”
Marciano is on international duty with Israel this week but he’s not having to travel far. He’ll play at Hampden this Friday as Scotland welcome the Israeli’s to the national stadium.
It’s an occasion the Hibs stopper is looking forward to. After almost ten months without international football, he’ll be bursting with pride once more when he pulls on his nation’s jersey.
“We played Scotland twice last year so we know their quality,” said Marciano .”We know that we will face a tough opponent, a physical opponent. There is probably a different style of playing between the teams.
“But basically in football, you win matches with your heart, how you perform out there and how you use the momentum in the game to win.
“In my experience, every international game is always important and as soon as you wear the national team shirt, I cannot describe how proud you feel. You are always doing your best.
“You always stretch yourself to play, to perform, and that’s massive to play for the national team, so I don’t really care if it’s Nations League, play-off or whatever, it’s about representing my country and being as good as I can.
“I hope they will count on my intelligence! Listen, today in world football you basically know everything. You can see the games online. But it’s good to have someone that plays in this league and knows the small bit of the game. Everything that I can give to help our staff to prepare for the game, I will give.
“Of course it’s always good when you know your opponents.”