Michael Weir: Why the Scottish Cup is so important for this Hibs player

The goalkeeping position is a big part of any team and is one Hibs need to get right when they look to replace Ofir Marciano in the summer.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 4:30 pm
Matt Macey will be in goals for Hibs remaining Scottish Cup ties. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group)

Matt Macey will be given his chance in the Scottish Cup and it's up to him to take it and show he can be the club's number one next season.

Like most Hibs fans, I've not seen a lot of him, just the handful of games he's played so far, but from everything I have seen he's looked quite secure, which is the main thing for a goalkeeper.

If you've got a goalie you know is a safe pair of hands it makes all the difference throughout the whole team.

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The quarter-final against Motherwell will be the biggest game Macey has played since moving to Hibs and if he can put in a good performance it will bode him well for the rest of his career.

These are the games you get judged on, when the stakes are high and one bad mistake can put you out. Outfield players can miss chances and have bad games but with a goalkeeper it only takes one mistake and you can live with it for a long time.

But certainly from what I've seen of him so far he looks secure and Jack Ross has given him the vote of confidence that he likes him as a player by putting him in for the Scottish Cup in the hope he can help us to the final.

I wouldn't want to pass judgement on him at the moment, but what I would say is that you need a strong number one goalkeeper at the club. It's the only position you can't keep swapping about.

His objective should be to prove to everyone he's the next number one. You don't get contracts at Arsenal unless there's something there. They felt he had the ability, it's up to him to show it now. This is his chance to get in there and show he can cope with it.

We might be the lucky ones who have fallen across a really good goalkeeper. Sometimes that happens. Managers take a chance with a younger lad and get him to progress and hopefully that's the case for him.

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