Evergreen David Marshall was supported to become a Hibs hero just like Craig Gordon at Hearts.
37 years old Scotland Earlier this week, the goalkeeper agreed a two-year deal as Lee Johnson’s first signing at Easter Road after he left QPR.
And according to former Hibs goalkeeper Cammy Bell, Marshall will inject an invaluable dose of winning spirit into the dressing room to help get the club back into European spots next season.
#Bell worked closely with the 37-year-old in Scotland a decade ago. And he firmly believes that the deal will not only be good for Hibs – but it will also help keep Marshall on the national team alongside his fellow veteran shooter Gordon.
It’s a match made in Hibee heaven according to Bell, who insists Marshall will love Leith just like Gordon in Gorgie. The former Kilmarnock and Rangers goalkeeper, who spent six months at Easter Road in 2018, said: “Marsh would be a great signing for Hibs.
“I said a few years ago when he was out of contract that Celtic should sign him after they lost
“He played a lot of games and was consistent throughout his career.
“He is just a top keeper with a lot of money to offer despite being 37 years old.
“He easily has two or three seasons in his body, he doesn’t have too many serious injuries and is a healthy lad and takes care of his body.
“I was on a lot of Scotland teams with Marsh and watched him practice up close.
“He is such a calm and wonderful man of influence. Sometimes what you put on the pitch is just as important as what you add there.
“Marsh has top-level experience, having won titles, competed internationally and competed in a major tournament. It was priceless experience.
“These are all characteristics that Hibs has not had in this place for many years. He will push them forward and the younger players will be able to draw on his experience and use that to help themselves.
“But Marsh will also be really excited because Hibs has a lot going for them. They are a big club with a big fan base and good training ground.
“Like Craig Gordon at Hearts, he will be at a club where he will feel at home and where he will be loved. That could push you forward two or three years. “
Marshall was back in the Scotland squad for the World Cup play-off semi-final against Ukraine and Bell was not surprised.
He said: “David is one of the best goalkeepers we have had. You have to have these guys on your team because if one gets hurt, you want another you can lean on.
“Those two boys will definitely be the best in the country next season.”
A bad campaign when Jack Ross and Shaun Maloney were sacked before Hibs finished eighth has left the club in dire need of a lift.
And Bell assumed that Killie’s former teammate Johnson was just the man. The former Sunderland and Bristol City manager has vowed to make Europe his first target.
And Bell said: “I think Hibs will be a real mover to be reckoned with next season.
“Lee has had a full pre-season and will bring in some signings of his own, so I expect them to be at least one of the top six, if not a football push. Europe. There was a lot of turmoil behind the scenes but they worked it out with Lee. He is a modern coach who loves to take care of his players.
“Interestingly we talked about it just a few weeks ago at Killie’s anniversary dinner. I told him to just go because he would be a perfect fit for it.
“Then, last week, my aunt showed me a photo of his inauguration on Easter Street. I thought, ‘You owe me a Lee!’
“But he is a great fit. He is a man who loves to train, loves to use all the modern technologies and makes the most of his players.
“I really believe he will have Hibs back challenged for European football next season.”