Hibernian centre-back Ryan Porteous has no concerns should Dillon Barnes make his full Premiership debut against Rangers at Ibrox this lunchtime.
The on-loan Queens Park Rangers replaced the injured Ofir Maricano during the midweek 1-0 win over St Mirren. So far Barnes has only played Betfred Cup ties for the Easter Road side, so it would be his biggest test yet if he gets the nod to start against the Premiership leaders.
Centre-back not concerned
Still, that doesn’t concern Porteous, who is a fan of the goalkeeper, and he feels the loanee can take inspiration from his league debut, which was also in a high-profile fixture.
“We’re lucky enough to have two really good goalies. Dillon’s playing at a really good level down in England. I think we’re really fortunate to have him as our second choice just now. Things can change if he comes in, you know if Ofir’s not fit for Saturday, maybe gives the manager a little bit of a headache if he comes in and does well” he said.
“Come in and thrive”
“I made my first league start at Ibrox as well, so I can relate. It’ll be a tough task for him, but there’s no reason why he can’t come in and thrive” Porteous said, before discussing how he fared on his debut.
“First 15 minutes was a bit of a blur, I was all over the place, then I settled into the game. I always quite like the big games, and I think Dillon will be the same, he’ll be fine, he’ll be good, he’s a really good goalie playing at a really good level, and we’re lucky to have him”.