Alan Stubbs tells Hibs’ benched stars to be ready

Alan Stubbs has emphasised the need for a united squad
Alan Stubbs has emphasised the need for a united squad
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Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has assured a string of players who’ve found themselves warming the bench in recent weeks that they haven’t become the forgotten men of Easter Road.

Youngsters Sam Stanton, Danny Handling, Alex Harris and Matty Kennedy have all found first-team appearances hard to come by, but Stubbs insisted they still figure highly in his plans.

Handling and Harris haven’t started a match since facing Dumbarton in the League Cup at the end of August, Handling having signed a new four-year contract prior to the tie, while Stanton and on-loan Everton winger Kennedy have had to watch Hibs’ last three games from the sidelines.

But, having recalled Callum Booth for his first start in more than a month in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Raith Rovers with David Gray missing through injury, Stubbs has told those currently on the fringe of things to be ready to take their chance when it comes along.

The head coach said: “That’s the whole idea of having a squad, they will be called upon. Sam played in the early part of the season, the same with Danny but, in the last two or three games, we have gone a little bit different.

“That does not necessarily mean it’s going to be that all the time, we will play the players and team we feel we can get a result. I’m happy with my squad and when called upon I am sure they will take that opportunity with both hands.”

Meanwhile, Joe McBride will take charge of Hibs’ Under-20 side for the first time tonight when they face Rangers in the SPFL Development League at Ainslie Park (kick-off 7.15pm).