Alan Stubbs today insisted there was no need for panic as his hunt for an experienced goalkeeper continues with Hibs’ first game of the new season now less than three weeks away.
The new head coach was left without a recognised No.1 as both Ben Williams and Sean Murdoch were among the lengthy list of players allowed to leave Easter Road following the Capital club’s relegation to the Championship.
Youngsters Kleton Perntreou and Sean Brennan have shared the gloves as Hibs have negotiated their first three pre-season matches without conceding a goal, with the former playing the full 90 minutes of last night’s no-scoring draw with Dunfermline at East End Park.
Stubbs, however, again reiterated his determination not to be rushed into making signings as he revealed he’s been sifting through a list of almost 40 names, with possibly one or two of them coming in over the course of the next few days to allow him and his new goalkeeping coach Alan Combe to cast an eye over them.
Admitting the performances of Albanian-born Perntreou have helped allow him to take his time, former centre back Stubbs said: “I know it is an important decision. I have played behind a lot of good ones and I know how important it is as a defender to get an understanding but I also think they will realise how important it is that I do not want to rush into it.
“We might have one or two in to have a look at over the next few days. If we do not I am not in a panic. I have said all along that as long as we get the right guy in and he is what I want then I am prepared to wait.
“Obviously I do not want to wait too long, but if it means me waiting that little bit longer then I am prepared to do that. But Kleton has done well since he has come in and he’s making it a little bit easier for me.”
The travelling support which made up the majority of the 2712 crowd in Fife saw a new-look Hibs side, with Stubbs opting for a 3-5-2 approach as all but three of the starting X1 played the full game. Stubbs explained: “When I was coaching at Everton we were flexible. I don’t want my team to be one dimensional playing the same system week in, week out.
“I want us to be able to play different styles, different systems. But it’s not systems that win you games, it’s the people on the pitch. No matter what system you play, it’s about getting results and if it means playing a different system from one game to the next and us winning I am prepared to do that.”