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The adaptable loanee for Hibs appears to be a possible starter as Nick Montgomery acknowledges “trust.”



Nick Montgomery, the manager of Hibs, was still able to draw some conclusions from Sunday’s 2-0 loss to the Rangers as he prepared for Wednesday’s matchup with Ross County.

During the Scottish Cup elimination, the Easter Road manager gave Chris Cadden his first start, witnessed Rocky Bushiri put in another outstanding performance at center-half, and could be happy with the work Sunderland loanee Nectarios Triantis did as a defensive midfielder. Additionally, his team received two red cards from Jordan Obita and Nathan Moriah-Welsh.
Out of the three, Triantis’ performance caught the most attention. Montgomery claims he can trust the 20-year-old Australian because they were coworkers at Central Coast Mariners. Triantis had a difficult time of things after being thrown into the deep end for his debut last month against St Mirren. Several Hibs supporters wrote him out after he gave up a penalty in his subsequent game against Celtic. However, he has recovered and become better, especially in his new role as a defensive midfielder.

Nectarios Triantis, left, played well against Rangers in a new role.
Triantis had to tread carefully after being booked after only seven minutes against Rangers, but he flourished in his enforcer role as a midfielder for Hibs. He can play center-half, which is his primary position, and he appears to be the most suitable option to take Moriah-Welsh’s spot in Dingwall while he is out of the game. Montgomery is quite pleased with the child’s rehabilitation after a challenging beginning at Hibs.

Montgomery praised Triantis, saying, “He’s incredibly versatile.” “He can play six, he can play center-back, and it’s a similar position if you’re a defensive midfielder or a deep-lying six.” He has excellent technical skill with the ball. Despite his youth, he has achieved success in his brief career. But after he moved to Sunderland—a major move for a young player—we really didn’t play for six months. He is a guy who can truly influence play, and you could see that against Rangers, particularly in the second half, given his excellent physical attributes. Nectar has made me very pleased since he started working with me, but I know he can do even better. But he has a chance to get better every time he plays or practices.

Did Triantis’s manager worry about his rough start at Easter Road? “Not quite,” he replied. I really rely on Nectar. Paul Hanlon got sick early in the first game he played, so I had to start him because we only had Will Fish playing center defense. He entered and made a few judgments that likely went against him, but he doesn’t seem to mind because I am familiar with Nectar’s personality. You can see now that I thought his performance was incredibly excellent coming into the team, especially in a game of that magnitude. Every practice and every game, he improves, and it’s great to have players with versatility because it strengthens the team.




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