Former Celtic youngster and Australian international Jackson Irvine has joined Hibernian.
Irvine, who took in spells at Kilmarnock, Ross County and Burton Albion joined today after a sad end to his time at Hull City. He made 107 appearances for the Tigers, rejecting a contract extension during a lengthy injury lay-off (Hull Daily Mail).
The Socceroo, who went to 2018 World Cup with Australia, has won 33 caps for his national side. He represents a coup for Hibs, who snatched a 1-1 draw with Celtic last night.
He told Hibernian’s official website:
“I see myself as a high-energy, box-to-box midfielder, I like to get into the box and to offer a goal threat.
“I’ve added experience and leadership qualities since I’ve been down in England, so I want to bring that character to the group here.
Never made the grade at Celtic, but Jackson Irvine’s had a good career
Funnily enough, Irvine’s only first-team appearance for Celtic was against his new club under Neil Lennon. A boyhood Hoops fan, Irvine joined in 2010 but never made the grade with the Bhoys.
Speaking to Australian media outlet The World Game, Irvine reflected on his time at Celtic earlier this year:
“Celtic made a massive impression on me – I still watch them every weekend whenever I can. All my friends and family up there are Celtic fans. It’s the kind of place that stays with you. Even as a youth player I remember playing in an Under-19 final against Rangers and there were over 10,000 there.
“It’s just a different world. I would have loved to have made a career there for myself but the timing wasn’t right. I probably wasn’t quite ready.”
A technically proficient, defensive-minded midfielder, it’s a shame that it never worked out for Irvine at Celtic. Like others before and since, he’s gone on to have a decent career elsewhere. Still only 27, he’s a fantastic signing for Jack Ross, who will look to use his robust ball-winning abilities alongside Alex Gogic.
That’s a scary thought for anyone taking on the Hibees in the latter part of the season.