David Marshall hails fellow Hibs goalkeepers as new arrival gives thoughts on Kevin Dabrowski and Murray Johnson
Hibs goalkeeper David Marshall may have been handed the No.1 jersey for the forthcoming 2022/23 campaign but the veteran shot-stopper knows he has a fight on his hands to hold onto a starting place.
Easter Road back-up Kevin Dabrowski made his debut last season and played six times in total, stepping in when former first-choice ‘keeper Matt Macey was out injured.
The affable Polish goalie was handed a baptism of fire in the Edinburgh derby but kept a clean sheet and foiled Hearts striker Ellis Simms on numerous occasions, winning the man of the match award. At 23 and having had a taste of first-team action, he will be pushing Marshall all the way this term.
Marshall spoke highly of Dabrowski, and third-choice ‘keeper Murray Johnson while out in Portugal at the club’s summer training camp last week.
“Kev and Murray have been great. I kept an eye on Hibs a lot last season and Kev did well when he came in,” the former Scotland No.1 said.
"He made some big saves and the Hearts game where he came in and made his debut, he looked good. He’s a big character and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Johnson, who played a key role as Hibs Under-18s won the league last season, was in the Algarve with the senior squad and is likely to serve as third choice between the sticks this season.
"I know Muz’s agent and he told the club has high hopes for him,” Marshall continued.
"He is a good natural goalkeeper. He’s just turned 17, but he will be looking to get games and maybe go on loan.”