Hibernian want at least £1.5million for reported Celtic target Martin Boyle – according to a report.

The Scottish Daily Mail (24/1 print edition, page 88) say that Hibees boss Jack Ross won’t entertain bids of less than that figure amid the Hoops’ interest.

Hibernian boss Jack Ross

Hibernian boss Jack Ross (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

They say that Neil Lennon is a huge fan of the player, and has had him watched by recruitment chief Nick Hammond in each of his last two games.

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Boyle still has 18 months left on his contract and, due to that, the Leith side “will play hardball” in terms of keeping him this month.

Boyle would give Forrest some much needed competition

Not a great deal else is known about our apparent interest in the player but we will find out in the final week of the month whether we want really want him at the club or not.

Australia international Boyle plays predominantly on the right-wing and would therefore provide some much needed competition for James Forrest if he signed.

Celtic winger James Forrest

Celtic winger James Forrest (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Hoops winger has had virtual free-rein on that side due to the lack of playing time for Marian Shved – who has only made two substitute appearances under Lennon.

 

Forrest’s form has been good in the main – and he’s our third top scorer with 14 goals this term – but he did net just one in eight December games.

Many feel he could do with some proper competition to push him back to his top level. Boyle could be the man to do that but time will tell whether Celtic are willing to do business with Hibs at that reported price.

Hibernian winger Martin Boyle

Hibernian winger Martin Boyle

There would be little risk in signing Boyle. He knows the Scottish game well having played here his whole career.

But whether he could take us on to another level is an entirely different question.

But one thing we do know is that, if we want to sign him, we’ll have to part with a healthy enough wad of cash.

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