Martin Boyle is set to sign a new Hibernian contract despite being linked with moves to bigger clubs in recent months, including Celtic, The Daily Record report.
The winger’s current contract expires next summer and the paper say that the Scottish champions would have been keen on a move for the player on a free transfer next summer, having scouted him this year.
Former Bhoys attacking midfielder Kris Commons wrote in his Daily Mail column earlier this month that Neil Lennon enjoyed working with the player while Hibs boss, backing him for a move to Celtic or Rangers.
However, the 3-cap Australian international has verbally agreed on a new deal that will see him commit to the Easter Road side until 2023, The Daily Record’s report states.
Boyle has pace, determination and certainly knows his way around Scottish football.
Last season he provided a decent direct goal contribution, netting six times and assisting eight more in 28 appearances across all competitions.
However, at 27, he is hardly a player with much potential to improve further and currently doesn’t raise the bar over any of the Lennon’s first-pick stars in the attacking areas.
A free transfer might make sense in a Jonny Hayes kind of way, but the club certainly shouldn’t be committing to a seven-figure fee for the player, in my opinion.
Ultimately the link looks pretty dead now anyway, with Boyle apparently happy to be part of Jack Ross’ improving Hibernian team.
Celtic do need options in the wide areas but hopefully we are pursuing players with a more exciting profile than Boyle’s before October’s transfer deadline.