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  • David Knox | Border Telegraph


SCOTTISH Cup holders Hibernian will send a team to play Lowland League side Gala Fairydean Rovers for the second time this season. The teams face each other in a friendly on the evening of Tuesday, January 17 at the 3G Arena, Netherdale.

During the pre-season the two teams clashed in a friendly with Gala emerging victorious by two goals to nil.

Eddie May, the Hibs Academy Coaching manager has promised to send a strong side made up predominantly of the club’s development squad players but augmented by one or to first team regulars as the Easter Road side try and get players back to fitness.

Fairydean Rovers boss Steven Noble told us: “We are delighted to get a second opportunity to play Hibs this season. Their development squad is one of the best in the country whilst their first team are clear favourites to win the Championship this season.

"Eddie May has promised to send a strong side with first team players such as Danny Handling getting a chance to aid their recovery and battle for a place in Neil Lennon’s starting team.” The 22-year old former Berwick Rangers loanee Handling has been sidelined since sustaining damage to cartilage in his knee during a training session shortly after the home leg of the Easter Road sides Europa League tie with Brondby earlier this season.

The game is set to kick off at 7.30pm with reduced prices in operation.

Adults will only be asked to pay £3 for entry with concessions £1 and accompanied children free.

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