Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano has opened up on his future after playing his final match for the club against Celtic.

The keeper has been with Hibs since 2016 but bowed out on Saturday during a 0-0 Scottish Premiership draw with Celtic. His next destination is not known, despite transfer links to the Parkhead club and Hapoel Be’er Sheva, although he will be on the bench for Hibs’ Scottish Cup final with St Johnstone this weekend.

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Marciano has been linked to Celtic as heads for the Hibs exit. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Cup goalkeeper Matt Macey will play that match and while he’d be eager to play himself, Marciano has discussed his future: “Of course I would like to play but Matt deserves it. He played the whole competition and the gaffer decided he is the keeper who will play in the cup.

“But I still feel a major part of the team and I need to push Matt to be the best that he can be. I will do my best to help the team win the cup. I am happy that I have been here at this stage, when we have managed to create such a great moment for this club and finish on a high.

“We have finished third in the Premiership and now have the chance to win the cup final and I am happy to be part of it all – but then I am ready for a new challenge. It will be interesting to see what happens in the future.”

 

Meanwhile, Hibs manager Jack Ross has backed Kevin Nisbet for a spot at Euro 2020. The striker was in Steve Clarke’s last Scotland squad and Ross believes he should go to the major tournament this summer, Clarke announcing his squad on Wednesday: “The obvious answer as his manager is yes.

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Nisbet has been called up once before (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I hope he will be. I think he has given himself the best possible chance. Not just because of his form this season, but this period between his last call-up and now has been key. He has come back from international performance and embraced that challenge of producing a really good level of performance.

“If he is included, it’s a brilliant compliment for us as a club and a great achievement for Kevin personally. He backs himself, that has been evident in his performances. He is driven by wanting to prove people wrong.”

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