Report: Celtic target Kevin Nisbet enters contract talks with Hibernian

By Euan Davidson

August 26, 2021

Celtic will need to act fast if they want Hibernian striker Kevin Nisbet, according to a report from the Daily Record.

According to the Record, Hibs have opened talks with Nisbet over a new contract extension. Although his current deal runs until 2024, the Leith side are determined that, given his form last season, a pay rise is needed for the Scotland striker.

The report states that Nisbet is happy and settled at Hibernian. The Scotland striker was spotted on Instagram with several current and former Celtic players this summer.

There were also rejected bids from England for the striker in January [Birmingham Live].

In recent days, Nisbet has been even more heavily linked to Celtic. PLZ Soccer and sometime Celtic TV contributor Peter Martin mooted a swap plus cash deal. Leigh Griffiths would be headed back to Hibs, with Nisbet coming to Celtic, was what Martin was told.

From Hibernian’s point of view, keeping Nisbet would be good business, and probably a bit of a coup. Now a Scotland international, Nisbet’s stock has risen over recent months. A goal against Holland and being picked for Euro 2020 had to have provoked interest.

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If he’s able to repeat last year’s scoring form, Nisbet could land Hibs even more in the future.

At times, Celtic seemed destined to land Kevin Nisbet from Hibernian this summer

Judging almost purely from Nisbet’s social media, the Glasgow-born striker looked like he was trying to set up a move to Celtic by himself. It doesn’t look that way now, per the Daily Record, but you got the sense he’d readily take a move to Parkhead.

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And that would’ve suited Celtic down to the ground. With uncertainty over Odsonne Edouard, having a striker who could land you 20+ goals in a season seemed a must. Now we have Kyogo, the desperation for more strikers isn’t quite the same.

But there’s a bit of a drop-off after Edouard, in terms of quality up front. Albian Ajeti has shown flashes, but cynicism remains regarding Leigh Griffiths, especially having missed pre-season.

Adding a player like Nisbet would be a considerable luxury. VVV-Venlo striker Georgios Giakoumakis could be on his way, after his talks with Werder Bremen broke down [Glasgow Live].

But in terms of a ready-made, all-rounder of a striker, Nisbet would absolutely fit the bill.

If Celtic want him, now’s the time.

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