Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom has spoken of his delight at seeing two of his loan stars rewarded for their fine form with international appearances – and insists it is the “reward” for their desire to get out and play

Marc McNulty and Stephane Omeonga represented Scotland and Belgium under-21s over the international break after helping Heck’s side surge up the table.

27th February 2019, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, St Johnstone versus Hibernian; Paul Heckingbottom Hibernian Manager and Marc McNulty of Hibernian celebrates the win at full time

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The Hibs boss admits it is “fantastic” to see his players get recognition and insists it is “too easy” for players to just sit and get paid without playing now.

“It is fantastic,” Heckingbottom told the Edinburgh Evening News.

“That’s the one thing about Marc and Stephane, they both wanted to come here and play games. They showed a desire to get on the pitch and the desire to win games and that is the reward. Steph has been away and performed well with the Belgium Under-21s and Marc has two Scotland caps now.

16th March 2019, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Motherwell; Marc McNulty of Hibernian

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“That’s by going and playing football. It is too easy to sit at a football club and not play. You still get paid but it is one of the worst things, it is so unrewarding.”

McNulty has scored seven times in nine appearances for Hibs since signing on loan from Reading in January while Omeonga has impressed in central midfield.

2nd March 2019, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup quarter final, Hibernian versus Celtic; Stephane Omeonga of Hibernian takes a shot at goal

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With attention turning to league business again, Heck’s side face Livingston tomorrow knowing a win will put them above rivals Hearts – albeit possibly only for a few hours.

As the season gets to the business end, Heckingbottom will be desperate to see his players get their reward at club level for their performances.

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