Israeli goalkeeper Ofir Marciano jetted into Edinburgh yesterday to put the finishing touches to his loan move to Hibernian.
Manager Neil Lennon has identified the Ashdod player as his new No 1 for the coming season after making a new goalie his priority in his summer transfer dealings.
Finnish youngster Otso Virtanen’s costly mistake in the Europa League defeat at home to Brondy cost him the chance to stake a claim for the jersey, while former Raith Rovers custodian Ross Laidlaw could still get the nod for Saturday’s opening-day clash with Falkirk after impressing against Brondby and in Sunday’s 4-1 win away to Shrewsbury Town.
However, after arriving in Scotland, 26-year-old Marciano – who has ten caps for Israel and spent last term on loan at Belgian outfit Mouscron-Péruwelz – is poised to be unveiled as the third signing of Lennon’s tenure following the arrival of Laidlaw and striker Grant Holt.
Dudu Dahan, the agent responsible for bringing Beram Kayal, Efe Ambrose and Nir Bitton to Celtic in recent times, also represents Marciano and is hopeful the move will work for both parties.
He tweeted: “Marciano will love to be Hibs’ guy.”
Lennon is also confident of having three key players – David Gray, Dylan McGeouch and Barvin Bartley – will have recovered from injury in time for Saturday’s trip to face expected title rivals Falkirk.
With the Easter Road outfit looking to get their promotion bid off to a flier against the Bairns, Lennon said: “We’re hoping David, Dylan and Marvin will come to the party this week. I’m not too concerned about their physical status.”