James McPake and Tom Soares are relishing the challenge of making their Hibernian debuts against Rangers on Saturday
Central defender McPake and midfielder Soares have joined the Clydesdale Bank Premier League strugglers on loan from Coventry City and Stoke City respectively.
The pair could not have envisaged a more challenging introduction to their Hibs careers than a clash against the champions at the Ibrox cauldron.
“I’m really pleased to be on board with Hibs and can’t wait to get started - I’ll be counting the days until the match at Ibrox,” McPake told the official Hibs website.
“Ever since I moved down the road, I’ve watched a lot of SPL football and I cannot believe a club of Hibernian’s size are in the position they’re in.
“In order to get us back on the right track, we’ve got to give everything in every match - something that I’m planning to do.
“That starts at Rangers on Saturday and, if I’m selected, then I will hopefully add a wee bit of steel and commitment to our defence.
“We need to be harder to break down and I will be doing everything I can to make that happen.”
Former England U-21 international Soares said: “I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen at Hibs so far and now I want to repay the manager’s faith in me by delivering some performances in the team.
“I’ve settled in quickly and I’ll be ready for Rangers, if selected by the manager. I’m really hungry to get my career back on track and to show the Hibs fans what I’m all about.”