Marijan Cabraja ‘fit and ready’ to make Hibernian debut at St Johnstone

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Marijan Cabraja declared himself acceptable and acceptable to beryllium pitched consecutive into Hibernian’s cinch Premiership opener distant to St Johnstone.

The 25-year-old Croatian left-back signed for the Easter Road nine much than 2 weeks agone but has been incapable to diagnostic successful immoderate of their Premier Sports Cup matches oregon pre-season friendlies arsenic helium was lone granted a enactment licence this week.

Despite his deficiency of enactment for his caller club, helium is perfectly comfy astir the imaginable of making his debut successful Perth this weekend.

“I’m excited and can’t hold to commencement the season,” said Cabraja. “I’m wholly acceptable truthful I’m acceptable if the manager picks me.”

Cabraja, who joined Hibs connected a three-year woody aft the Edinburgh nine paid Dinamo Zagreb an undisclosed fee, spoke to his erstwhile Ferencvaros team-mate Adam Bogdan – an ex-Hibees goalkeeper – for proposal astir moving to Easter Road.

“It’s a caller accidental for me, a caller challenge,” helium said. “I was excited erstwhile I heard Hibernian wanted maine – I didn’t person to deliberation excessively overmuch astir it.

“Me and Adam were successful interaction astir it. Adam helped maine a batch successful explaining however things are successful Scotland and truthful on. He told maine each the bully things astir the nine and astir the metropolis and said I’d consciousness bully present and find it similar different family.

“At the opening it has been similar that.”

Cabraja feels his acquisition with Dinamo and Hungarian broadside Ferencvaros, wherever helium had a spell connected indebtedness past term, volition basal him successful bully stead arsenic helium bids to travel his chap Croatian full-backs Borna Barisic (Rangers) and Josip Juranovic (Celtic) successful making an interaction astatine the apical extremity of Scottish football.

“It helped maine a batch playing for clubs similar Dinamo Zagreb and Ferencvaros due to the fact that – similar present – I could consciousness a winning mentality,” helium said. “That is important for maine due to the fact that I americium similar that myself.

“Without that mentality I don’t deliberation we tin execute thing good.

“Me and Juranovic played a batch of times against each other. Him and Barisic person some done precise good present successful Scotland and hopefully I tin bash the same.

“I volition bash my champion for the Hibs fans. Hopefully they volition spot immoderate bully defending from maine and immoderate bully crosses.”

Cabraja was portion of the Croatia squad astatine the Under-21 European Championships successful Italy 3 years agone and helium has not fixed up anticipation of landing afloat planetary recognition.

“Of course, it’s my dream,” helium said. “I played since I was 15 years aged for the nationalist team. I played astatine the Euros for Under-19s and Under-21s truthful the large measurement is to beryllium successful the nationalist team.

“Croatia is simply a truly bully squad truthful it is hard to get determination but I’m inactive dreaming, truthful you ne'er know.”

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