Hibs boss dealt a blow after Ofir Marciano is called up to Israel squad and will miss Falkirk clash



Hibs head coach Neil Lennon has been dealt a blow after Ofir Marciano’s call-up to the Israel squad ruled the goalkeeper out of Saturday’s visit of Falkirk.

The Leith outfit are now facing the prospect of going into the Championship clash without two of their most influential players with midfielder John McGinn also in danger of missing the match against their promotion rivals.

McGinn has been included in Gordon Strachan’s Scotland squad for Friday’s crucial World Cup qualifying encounter against England but depending on the 22-year-old’s involvement at Wembley, Lennon is keen to use the playmaker 17 hours later against the Bairns.

(Pic: Botend)
(Pic: Botend)

Marciano has the chance to add to his ten caps in his country’s qualifier against Albania on Saturday after being called-up by manager Elisha Levy.

Lennon, who signed the shot-stopper from FC Ashdod during the summer, has been delighted with Marciano’s form in goal.

The keeper has helped league leaders Hibs keep three clean sheets in their last four Championship matches.

Speaking after the 3-0 victory at Ayr United, Lennon said: “His shot stopping is one of his main strengths and it’s another clean sheet.

“It gives the boys a lot of confidence having a goalkeeper of that stature.”