Jonathan Spector is in line to make his debut for Hibs in Friday night’s televised match at Livingston, with a win seeing them jump ahead of Edinburgh rivals, Hearts, in the table.
Paul Heckingbottom brought the American defender in as a free agent earlier this month, following his departure from Major League Soccer’s Orlando City in January, and played in last night’s reserve game against Ross County.
His withdrawal after 67 minutes of the second string win was an indication that he will be considered for Friday, with his appearance being a chance for him to regain match sharpness and fitness.
The former Manchester United player told Hibs TV he is hopeful of being involved against Livingston, but is realistic in his expectations, with him not assuming he would “start automatically”.
Speaking about a likely debut after last night’s 5-0 demolition, Spector said: “I am here and I am hoping to help the team in anyway that I can. I wouldn’t expect to go in and start automatically.
“The team have been doing pretty well and have been on a great run of form. The lads have been playing really well.
“I want to get some games, every footballer wants to play, so that is ideally the target. I want to do whatever I can to help the team.”
The player feels he is ready to play, and insisted it felt “good to be back out playing” and that he felt in good physical and mental shape.
“It felt really good to be back out playing. It’s been a while since my last match, so it was good to be back out on the pitch with the group.
“Physically I felt pretty good and then mentally as well I felt really good. For me, it was about getting some fitness and getting back into the swing of things; I think I did that.
“I felt pretty comfortable out there and I felt confident too.”
Bringing Spector to Easter Road on a short term deal until the end of the season could prove to be a shrewd bit of business for Hibs.
His experience could be crucial to the side in their bid to be Edinburgh’s top-dogs this season, and their slim chances of claiming a Europa League spot.
The short run between now and the end of the season also gives the 33-year-old the perfect opportunity to show the manager that he deserves a contract for next season too.
It looks like a no lose situation for both the club and the player.
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