Hibs fans will get their first look at Alan Stubbs’ latest signing when Jamie Insall plays for the Easter Road club’s development side against Partick Thistle at Spartans’ Ainslie Park tonight.
But, while the head coach understands supporters are keen to see the 22-year-old, a prolific scorer in the lower reaches of English football, in action, he cautioned them against expecting too much too soon as he begins his full-time professional football career.
Although he has been training with the Capital outfit for the past few weeks, Insall only agreed a three-year contract a week ago with Stubbs insisting he’d begin life in Edinburgh as part of Joe McBride’s development squad rather than being thrust straight into the first team.
The head coach said: “Jamie’s been training but I am sure he will be raring to go and looking forward to getting some minutes of playing into him. He’s got a good personality, he’s settled in well, integrated into the group really well and seems to be enjoying the full-time environment.
“But we have to be conscious of the fact it’s a big, big jump for him, even from the training point of view. He’s suddenly gone from training a couple of times a week to five and six days. He’s had a lot in terms of workload put into him in a short space of time which is good, but we also have to look after him as well. We have to take a step back and look at the whole situation. The last three or four weeks have been very much a whirlwind for him. I’m sure the fans will be looking forward to seeing him play just as Jamie himself will be.”
Insall will be joined for tonight’s game (kick-off 7.00pm) by Jordon Forster, the big defender having been sidelined since picking up an injury in the Petrofac Training Cup clash with Rangers at Easter Road at the end of July although he did get a seat on the bench for the victory over Raith Rovers ten days ago.
Stubbs said: “Jordon will be wanting to get some game time after being out for a while.”
Meanwhile, Hibs have announced that children aged up to 11 will be admitted to the League Cup third-round tie against Aberdeen at Easter Road on Wednesday, September 23, for £5.
Adult tickets will cost £20 and concessions £10. Tickets go on sale on Thursday at 10am.