Report: Hibernian set for sit down with Kevin Nisbet after Celtic interest

By David Walton

June 24, 2021

Hibernian will hold crunch talks with Celtic-linked Kevin Nisbet when he returns from international duty, the Edinburgh Evening News reports.

The report states that the Easter Road club has received no formal offers for the Scotland international. It’s said that Hibs believe there is interest from north and south of the border with interested parties weighing up moves for the player.

Celtic’s interest was first reported by the Scottish Sun last month. The newspaper claimed that he would cost around £4m to prize away from Leith.

Nisbet is due to reunite with his Hibernian teammates on July 3rd. And it’s claimed by the Edinburgh Evening News that important talks with the player are anticipated ahead of his return.

Nisbet ended the campaign with 18 goals in 44 games [Transfermarkt]. The striker was also subject of a £2.5m bid from Birmingham back in January. The Hibs man would then claim he was disappointed that the offer was rejected [Birmingham Mail].

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Hibernian still awaiting offers; no reason for Celtic to wait longer on Kevin Nisbet

Celtic could really add to the uncertainty surrounding Nisbet by throwing an offer Hibernian’s way. They clearly aren’t certain where he’ll be playing his football next season. A bid from Parkhead would surely turn the player’s head too.

This is a deal that the Hoops should be all over if the price is right. Granted, there is a need to be wary about how much we spend on certain players considering the quantity we need in the door before the summer window shuts.

But Nisbet is a player who would be worth it in the long run. He clearly feels he’s ready for the next step and has been a goal machine wherever he’s played. Yes, Celtic would be a massive step up for him, but he’s shown he can deliver at Premiership level. Bagging 18 goals for Hibernian makes you question how many he would rack up for the Hoops.

Kevin Nisbet celebrates scoring against Celtic (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Given Nisbet’s disappointment at his failed January move, Hibs could be open to a lesser figure. After all, they’ll know he wants away this summer. Should a decent bid come in for him, you have to imagine they’ll be open to a sale.

But Celtic should get in ahead of their rivals and test the waters. Postecoglou will have been made aware of Nisbet’s availability. He, as should be the case, will surely have the final say.

Nisbet’s goalscoring ability, however, is difficult to ignore. When young Scottish goalscorers are available for a good price, you have to imagine Celtic will be keen.

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