Former Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano says he wants to play ‘at the highest level’ after snubbing interest from the likes of Celtic for Dutch heavyweights Feyenoord.

The Israeli left Hibs on a free transfer earlier this summer following five fruitful years at Easter Road. He was strongly linked with a move to Celtic and Israel but instead has opted for Eredivisie side Feyenoord, where he’ll likely begin as back-up to number one Justin Bijlow. It’s a big move Marciano has always wanted.

Ofir Marciano was strongly linked with Celtic

Ofir Marciano was strongly linked with Celtic after his Hibs form. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He said: “I played in Scotland for the past five years where I had a successful period. I also played for the Israeli national team. I am a relaxed goalkeeper who stays calm and has his emotions under control during the game. I see playing in the Netherlands as an opportunity to improve myself in every aspect.

”I’m very happy to be able to play at this fantastic club. For me, the challenge was the main reason for wanting to play for a big club like Feyenoord. I want to test myself at the highest level and I know it’s possible here.

“I know the situation of the club and I know where I am going. My main goal is to make myself and the other goalkeepers better every day. I look forward to meeting my teammates, the coaches and the staff members. I can’t wait to get started.”

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