Hibs goalkeeper admits Ibrox is his favourite away ground


Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano is relishing Sunday’s clash with Rangers after admitting that Ibrox is his favourite away ground.

The Leith side make the trip along the M8 and will attempt to rack up their second successive Premiership win following last weekend’s victory over St Mirren.

Israeli internationalist Marciano believes that the 51,000-capacity arena generates the best atmosphere in Scotland outside Edinburgh derby battles with Hearts.

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Hibs’ recent record against the Govan club is likely to be another reason why the shot-stopper enjoys playing at the ground.

The Easter Road side have only been beaten once in their last four visits, picking up seven points in the process, while they have suffered two defeats in all of their last ten encounters.

And Marciano admits he cannot wait to take on Steven Gerrard’s side in their own backyard.

He said: “For me personally Ibrox is the best experience in Scotland, apart from the derby, of course. 

“To play at Ibrox is always amazing. 

“We can see they’re getting better and better but we always play well there and of course we’re looking forward to that.”

Marciano was given the nod ahead of on loan Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell against the Buddies after the pair shared the gloves during the Betfred Cup campaign.

The 29-year-old was therefore delighted to keep Saints at bay last weekend.

He added: “It was the first game at home in front of our homes and it was important to make a good start, a clean sheet of course which is important too.

“You need to be ready in those games when you dominate and hold the ball.

“As a goalkeeper you need to be ready as they broke a few times and had some chances but I’m happy I’m there for the team and it’s a clean sheet.”

Hibs head coach Paul Heckingbottom has made seven summer signings and Marciano insists the likes of Scott Allan, who returned for his third spell, Josh Vela and Adam Jackson have settled in seamlessly.

He added: “We have new boys and they need to adjust and we’re here to help them.

“But even the players that came in have done a good job 

“It’s normal when you have new players they need time to adapt but we had a good pre-season and you need to show yourself.

“It was hard against St Mirren, they made it hard for us but we defended well and were patient with the ball.”