The left-back has joined Dundee on a season-long loan deal. He has started once for the Hibees this term, but it was not a game to remember, getting sent off in a 6-1 thrashing by Rangers.
That doesn’t make him any less of a promising talent. Mackie does need minutes on a regular basis to enhance his development, but given the state of play at Hibs, some fans are rightly confused by it.
Some supporters have reacted the news.
Shocking decision let him go out on loan so much for giving youth a chance that’s another promising player put out on loan clueless
— Jamesy (@jamesydclark) September 3, 2019
You should be first choice LB at ER
— GraemeM (@GMunro32) September 3, 2019
Don't see the logic ? Short in defence so we let him go just as he's breaking through into 1st team .Good luck to u Sean but would rather have kept u at ER
— kev Duguid (@dugihibbi) September 2, 2019
Pour me a large drink 🤦♀️ couldnae make this up 🤣🤣
— Jo Parker (@jo31070) September 2, 2019
Canny believe it. We have 1 LB in the squad now. I know James and Whittaker can play LB but James is injured and Whittaker is done 🤦🏻♂️
— Darren (@DarrenNicholl1) September 2, 2019
He’s better than Stevenson and only leaving is with one left back. Wish this season was over already
— smudge (@callumsmithh_) September 2, 2019
Hibs have gambled by sending Mackie out on loan
Hibs announced the signing of Jason Naismith on deadline day, but he is a different player to Mackie. Naismith’s a right-back, leaving a gap at left-back.
Lewis Stevenson is now the club’s only recognised left-back. If he gets injured, someone will have to play out of position to cover him.
Sure, it’ll be great for Mackie to play regular minutes, but he is needed at Easter Road. One injury could hand him his big break in Leith.
His disastrous Ibrox display showed that he is still very raw, but there is a player in him. He is good at getting forward and is fairly decent in defence, even if it does need a bit of tidying up.
David Gray, Tom James, Ryan Porteous and Darren McGregor are all defenders who have struggled with injury this term. Sending one out on loan is understandably confusing some supporters.
Mackie will ply his trade in the Championship with the Dee this season and now Hibs fans will just be hoping he comes back to Leith stronger next term.