Goalkeeper hold-up frustrating for Hibs boss Lennon

Ofir Marciano will return to Belgium to complete paperwork on his work permit
Ofir Marciano will return to Belgium to complete paperwork on his work permit
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Neil Lennon has admitted he’s become frustrated at the red tape which has prevented new goalkeeper Ofir Marciano making his Easter Road debut.

Hibs have completed a season-long loan deal for the Israeli internationalist but have found themselves enmeshed in a web of bureaucracy.

Marciano has already passed a test in English as part of the immigration process but will return to Belgium – where he played for Royal Excel Mouscon last season – to hopefully complete the necessary paperwork.

Lennon had been hoping to have Marciano’s work permit in place by now but Ross Laidlaw will continue in goal for tomorrow’s visit from Championship newcomers Dunfermline as Hibs bid to atone for their Betfred Cup exit at the hands of Queen of the South in midweek.

He said: “We’re delighted to have signed him, but it has been a source of frustration, obviously. It’s bureaucracy, really. I’ve not been through this before bringing a player in. I don’t know if the rules have changed since I have been away. “But we are nearly there. He will go away next week and get it all done and dusted and over the line.

“Then we’ll have our No.1 in, not that I’m unhappy with Ross. But we have brought Ofir here for a reason, and that’s to play.”

Lennon is demanding a reaction from his players to Tuesday night’s disappointment when they host the Pars, saying: “I am looking for something positive.

“I wasn’t overly disappointed with the performance, but obviously the result was disappointing. We only had ourselves to blame because we dominated the game for long periods.

“I wouldn’t say they need to learn from it, but I want a reaction as quickly as possible.”

Lennon is still awaiting an answer from Celtic in response to his bid to have Liam Henderson return to Hibs on loan, but hopes to complete “one or two signings” soon.

He said: “It’s quiet still on that. There is still an interest there and it’s still ongoing. Strength-in-depth wise I haven’t got much. I’m not unhappy, but I would like to improve it and bring in some players who are going to play. We are striker and a midfielder short.”