Aiden McGeady's glowing Kevin Nisbet verdict as he expects Celtic interest

By John McGinley

January 10, 2023

Hibernian winger Aiden McGeady reckons Kevin Nisbet is destined for a big move away from Hibernian and has named Celtic as one of the potential suitors.

Nisbet returned from a serious knee injury in December and has already netted five goals in five games for the Easter Road outfit.

McGeady hasn’t been training or playing alongside him for long, but already sees attributes that could attract interest from the Bhoys or a team down in England.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JULY 22: Kevin Nisbet of Hibernian FC before the UEFA Conference League second qualifying round first leg match between Hibernian FC and FC Santa Coloma at Easter Road on July 22, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News, the former Celtic man said: “If he carries on playing the way he has been, there will be no shortage of suitors. I don’t want to be talking him into a move away from Hibs, but it’s only natural that these things happen.

“England or Celtic or Rangers? I don’t know but he’s been really good from what I’ve seen so far. I’ve clearly not played a lot with him but on Sunday, without having too much of the ball, he showed exactly what he can do.

“I’d probably compare him to Ross Stewart, in the respect that he’s got an eye for goal and his hold-up play is very good. He doesn’t take a lot of touches and then turn or try to beat players when he has his back to goal.

“He’s clever and his movement is good – and he’s a good finisher. Plus he’s just back from an ACL injury and he’s scored five goals already, including a hat-trick in just five games. For us, he’s a massive player, because we need goals.”

Nisbet was heavily linked with a move to Celtic during Ange Postecoglou’s first summer in charge at the Bhoys, but a formal move for the striker never materialised.

Later that season he suffered the injury that kept him out for almost a full calendar year, with his return only coming recently as mentioned.

With just 18 months left on his contract at Hibs, there could be an opportunity to do a pretty good deal for the 25-year-old if he sees Celtic as a viable destination.

It’s doubtful that comes this month with the player still essentially on the comeback trail. But his form is worth watching in the second half of the season ahead of the summer window.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou’s changing stance on potential Stephen Welsh exit.