Hibs manager Jack Ross admits he’ll have no fears abut throwing back-up keeper Dillon Barnes into the Boxing Day clash with Rangers after regular number one Ofir Marciano was injured in the 1-0 win over St. Mirren.

The Israeli international limped off with a hamstring injury ten minutes into the second half as the Hibees ended St. Mirren’s recent excellent run of form.

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Ross insists he won’t gamble on Marciano’s fitness(Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Ross admits he won’t take any chances with Marciano when they head across the M8 to take on Rangers and is confident the young keeper will cope if thrown in at Ibrox.

“We’ll see how Ofir recovers over the next day or so. I don’t think it’s anything too serious but we’ll not take any chances on Boxing Day, should it be the same,” Ross said, [Not The Old Firm].

“I’ve been really pleased with Dillon since he came to the club. He played in some Betfred games and did well.

“He’s trained well, he’s popular within the group.

“I have absolutely no fears about him playing on Boxing Day if required.”

The Gers warmed up for tomorrow’s game with a 3-o win over St. Johnstone on Wednesday night and the Light Blues are looking to maintain their 16-point lead at the top of the table.

Rangers have been scoring with ease recently and will be looking to make up for drawing with Hibs when the sides met earlier in the season.

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Barnes played 34 minutes against St. Mirren on Wednesday (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Easter Road side are one of two to have taken points from Rangers this season as the Gers have picked up 53 points from 57 in the Premiership so far.

Read our match report as the Gers maintained their sixteen-point lead at the top of the Premiership with the 3-0 win in Perth

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