'Brilliant' Kevin Nisbet to Celtic transfer talked up by former teammate

By John McGinley

July 3, 2021

Kris Doolan reckons Kevin Nisbet can be a big hit at Celtic if the Bhoys seal the deal to bring him to Paradise.

Celtic have been heavily linked with a move for the player in recent weeks and months. A report in The Scottish Daily Mail through the week suggested Hibs are looking for £4m at least.

Doolan is a former teammate of Nisbet when the pair were at Partick Thistle. The veteran goal-getter was one of the early influences on Nibset’s career.

Now banging in the goals for Hibernian and winning caps for Scotland, it appears that Doolan’s former teammate is on the verge of much bigger things.

The Arbroath striker reckons he could be a great fit for the Bhoys, telling The Glasgow Times: “Kevin’s mentality is spot on for that kind of environment.

“He takes things in his stride, he’s a confident boy in his ability, and he is obviously working really hard now too.

“I think he would excel in that type of environment. He’s got the tools to do it and he is applying himself.

“He gets people up out their seats because he only needs that one chance. If you are playing at a club like Celtic, there’s every chance you could get five, six, seven chances to score in a game. Kevin, being the type of player he is, will just continue to score goals.”

Kevin Nisbet would have a big challenge at Celtic

One of the big challenges Nisbet would have at the Bhoys is earning regular game time. Odsonne Edouard is obviously the number one striker at the moment. When he leaves, you’d expect Celtic to replace him even if Nisbet does arrive.

With Leigh Griffiths and Albian Ajeti also in the mix, the Hibs man could struggle to make his mark.

However, Doolan reckons that would only spur him on to work harder and eventually impress Ange Postecoglou.

The 34-year-old told The Glasgow Times: “I think he’ll go in there thinking he has to work hard to make sure he gets in the team. He’ll want to be in the starting XI.

“He’s shown over the years he can score loads of different types of goals. He has power, pace and strength, but he also has finesse in and around the box.

Kevin Nisbet celebrates scoring against Celtic last season / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“A guy like that going to a team like Celtic, who will create all different types of chances for you, I definitely think he will turn out to be a brilliant signing.

“He will have better players around him at Celtic, and that will make him a better player too. He is going to continue to improve.”

Before any of that though, the transfer needs to go through. As of yet, the Bhoys don’t appear to have lodged a formal offer with Hibs. With other clubs in the mix for his signature too, there’s a long way to go on this one.

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