Kevin Nisbet provides update on his future after Celtic speculation
Kevin Nisbet has provided an update on his future with Hibernian after a summer filled with Celtic speculation.
The Hoops were linked with a move for the Scotland international as early as May. It was said then that he was being eyed up for a summer move to Parkhead [Scottish Sun]. This of course came after a fine debut season in Leith where he netted 18 goals and bagged eight assists in 44 games [Transfermarkt].
Of course, Celtic weren’t the only ones monitoring at the player either. Swansea were also reportedly taking a look towards the end of the window, with the player costing as much as £5m for any potential suitors [Scottish Sun].
Yet the window closed with Nisbet still at Easter Road. And as he touched on his long-term future, the player has now stated he hopes to sign a new deal in Leith.
As quoted by the Herald, Nisbet said: “We are still in talks just now. Speculation happens in every single window, but it was just speculation.
“I’m happy to stay at Hibs, we have something good going on here and I’m really happy to be a Hibs player. Hopefully the contract can get sorted soon.
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“It helps settle your mind. It’s been going on for a long time. As soon as that gets sorted then I can look forward.”
New Kevin Nisbet contract could make future Celtic negotiations tricky
If Nisbet is to sign a new long-term contract at Easter Road, any future Celtic negotiations could be tricky. It would give Hibs greater protection and allow them to ask for top dollar for their star-man.
Even if a release clause is entered into the deal, Hibs gain nothing by admitting to a low one. Not with the player under contract until 2024 as it is.
Of course, as we always say, Celtic have the money to rip right through a deal for Nisbet. The cash is there for the Hoops to spend. But you can bet the Hoops don’t plan on spending as much as £5m for him either. That would make him a more expensive acquisition than Kyogo Furuhashi, for example.
Celtic undoubtedly need another striker however. We have three first-team options at the moment. We’re only into the second month of the season and we’re already seeing what a couple of injuries can do to us. The January window gives us the perfect opportunity to sort that out.
Whether that option proves to be Nisbet is anyone’s guess. But if it is, Celtic won’t be bagging him on the cheap. If the club is looking for a bargain, they won’t find one in the Easter Road ranks.
So it’ll be interesting to see whether Nisbet signs on further in Leith. If he does, it makes recruiting him in January that little bit more difficult.