Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon to change team for Dundee match

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Highlights - Kilmarnock 1-3 Hibernian

Hibernian will again change their line-up when they face Dundee on Saturday as manager Pat Fenlon rests players before the Scottish Cup final.

Fenlon made six changes from for Wednesday's

"We'll change it again at the weekend. It's three games in a week," he said.

"We rested a few [at Rugby Park] and they will come back into contention for the weekend."

The Irishman said the derby win over Hearts was "fairly draining, mentally and physically".

Player of the year Leigh Griffiths was one of the players left out of the squad for the trip to Ayrshire and Sean Murdoch made his goalkeeping debut, with Ben Williams rested.

Looking ahead to the showpiece Hampden match on 26 May, Fenlon told BBC Scotland: "I'm fairly close to the full team in my head.

"There is probably one or two positions where we need to see where boys are in terms of injuries."

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Interview - Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon

By resting players, the manager has given some of his younger squad members the opportunity to push for a Hampden start, with 19-year-old defender Jordon Forster earning praise.

"Young Jordon has come in and done tremendously well for us so he is obviously in my thoughts as well," said Fenlon.

"I think he has done enough. The game at Tynecastle, he suited that, two big strikers up there [John Sutton and Michael Ngoo] and he has had to go and head it and kick it. He can mix it with the best of them.

"It was a different one with [Kilmarnock's Paul] Heffernan and he dealt with that quite well.

"Even for next season you may be looking at certain positions but then the young boys have come in and have done exceptionally well.

"Danny [Handling], Ross [Caldwell], Jordon, Alex [Harris] give you great hope for the future. Young Dean [Horribine] has great potential."

Fenlon felt the 3-1 scoreline at Kilmarnock "was a bit harsh" on the home side, admitting that his team rode their luck in the second half as they moved into seventh place in the SPL table.

And he claimed the ability to give players returning from spells on the sidelines a run-out was a bonus.

He said: "I thought they were the better side in the second half and passed the ball well but we took our goals well to win the game.

"We got game time for Ryan [McGivern) - 20 minutes, Thommo [Kevin Thomson] got another 60 minutes, and Robbo [Scott Robertson] got another game under his belt."

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