Hibs Under-20 side will get a taste of the big time tomorrow when they face Kilmarnock in the Scottish FA Youth Cup.
The youngsters, on a ten-match unbeaten run, normally play home games at Ainslie Park but will take on Killie at Easter Road, a new experience for the majority of coach Joe McBride’s side.
McBride said: “I’m not sure how many of them will have played on their own ground. The first time is always a big thing and I am sure they’ll be looking forward to it
“It’s another part of their development, it’s important they feel comfortable in the surroundings where, I hope, they go on to play many, many times.”
McBride, delighted with their impressive form, added: “They’ve been smashing. They’ve had little dips but that’s only to be expected as they are young boys.”
McBride’s young charges have also scored 20 goals in their last five matches, beating Dundee 7-0 and their Tannadice neighbours 6-2 in recent weeks. The coach said: “You never know what you are going to play against.
“Dundee had a really young team out but when we played Celtic the week before they had four or five first team guys like Leigh Griffiths, Beram Kayal and Stefan Scepovic. It was great for them to play against such experienced players and emerge from the game with a draw.”
Hibs, too, have used the SPFL Development League to give game time to the likes of Sam Stanton, Jake Sinclair and Alex Harris but tomorrow is all about youth.
McBride said: “It’s only Under-20s but the fact it’s at Easter Road will hopefully draw a wee crowd to support the boys, many of whom will hopefully go on to be first team players of the future.”
Admission (kick off 1pm) is by donation.