Ofir Marciano 'has offers in Scotland' as Hibs goalkeeper mulls over future
Ofir Marciano is understood to have rejected a contract offer from Hapoel Be’er Sheva and has options in Scotland, according to reports in the player's homeland.
The Hibs goalkeeper is out of contract in the summer and has already indicated that he will depart Easter Road after five years.
Reports in Israel suggest that Marciano is still mulling over his future and hasn’t yet ruled out a return to the Israeli Premier League, but a source close to the player has indicated that he could yet stay in Scotland.
"Ofir will need a long contract that will secure his future,” the source is reported to have said. “There are more offers from Scotland and he hasn’t ruled out staying in the country. It all depends on the offer.”
No teams are identified but the 31-year-old was linked with Celtic earlier this year, along with Hapoel Be’er Sheva, who are expected to continue talks with the player.
The Turner Stadium club are also tipped to make an approach to Hoops midfielder Nir Bitton, while former Parkhead midfielder Beram Kayal is also a rumoured target but is expected to remain at current club Bnei Sakhnin.
Hibs have already signed goalkeeping duo Kevin Dabrowski and Matt Macey on new deals, with the latter expected to line up against Dundee United in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden tomorrow.
The former Arsenal ‘keeper got the nod for the Scottish Cup games but Marciano is expected to return between the sticks for the remaining Scottish Premiership games against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on May 12, and Celtic at Easter Road on May 15.