Philippines head coach Scott Cooper has praised Hibs starlet Yrick Gallantes after he made his full international debut.
The Philippine native featured as his side beat Guam 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier. He was named in Cooper’s starting line-up, starting on the left flank.
Gallantes was replaced by striker Javier Patiño towards the end of the first half though, with the visitors two goals to the good.
Cooper has praised the Hibees youngster in the wake of this clash. He told the Edinburgh Evening News: “Some injuries took place, some performances took place and we took a look at them.
“We were going to play with two wide players and we wanted a player who could attack people and dribble and Gallantes showed in the first few minutes he could definitely do that. The end product was just what you’d expect from a young player – it wasn’t quite there yet, but he looked dangerous.
“Unfortunately for Yrick we had to withdraw him, because we were having problems on our left side with a very quick Guam player and we needed a bit more experience on the left wing to help the left-back out.”
International experience is brilliant for Hibs’ Gallantes
Gallantes was one of two youngsters in the Philippines starting XI. The other was 19-year-old Jong AZ defender Justin Baas.
He was an unused substitute in a match against Syria last week, which ended in a 5-2 loss. This time though, Cooper opted to give him his full senior debut at international level.
Whilst he didn’t even finish the first half, this is still great experience for him. He is only an 18-year-old and the chance to play full international football is brilliant.
The Philippines’ next match is against China on October 15. The Hibees forward could feature again, given how much he seems to have impressed his boss.
This is good experience for the Hibs youngster and he’ll be hoping it’s the start of a long career at international level.