Report: Hibs name their price for Celtic target Kevin Nisbet

By Euan Davidson

July 2, 2021

Celtic target Kevin Nisbet could be made available by Hibernian, but only for the right price, according to the Daily Mail.

This morning, the Daily Mail stated that the Edinburgh side want £4m for their asset. Nisbet, a boyhood Celtic supporter, has been snapped with Hoops players since leaving Scotland’s Euro 2020 camp.

The report claims that Hibs have no need to sell. Having rejected bids from Birmingham City in the winter [Edinburgh Live], however, they’re braced for more offers. Given that there’s a sell-on fee involved for Dunfermline Athletic, Nisbet’s former club, Hibs are keen to make as much of a profit as is feasible.

Nisbet featured three times for Scotland at Euro 2020 as a late substitute. Prior to the tournament, he scored his first Scotland goal, a well-taken finish against the Netherlands [BBC]. It would’ve secured a famous win, too, if it hadn’t been for the set-piece wizardry of Memphis Depay.

The Hibs striker was on fire in 20-21. Across all competitions, the 24-year-old scored 18 goals, and set up 8 more [Transfermarkt]. Likely to see more chances at a club of Celtic’s stature, those tallies could rise substantially under Ange Postecoglou. Additionally, his overall career stats are staggering; according to Transfermarkt, his competitive total is 84 in 189 games.

Nisbet, a natural centre-forward, can also deputise on the right of an attacking three.

Time for Celtic to get to work if they want to land Kevin Nisbet

We’re not going to go over old ground too much here. But we’ve seen this film before; Celtic are heavily linked to a Premiership talent, and we let them slip from our grasp.

Prolific: Kevin Nisbet / (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

That’s why yesterday was so encouraging. As if from nowhere – where supporters are concerned – Celtic went from being linked to a defender, to actually signing him, within a day. It’s a different case, obviously – for one thing, Osaze Urhoghide was a free agent (the Bhoys will have to pay a training compensation fee). However, the efficiency of yesterday’s transfer movement will give the Hoops faithful some hope.

Simply put, we know how good Kevin Nisbet is, at least at league level. While he may take a while to adapt to the rigours of European competition, his international form is a promising sign. Very much like Leigh Griffiths, Nisbet could prosper from a tactical system designed to work the ball into the box, and use inside wingers for crosses and quick passing moves.

He really could do the business. Whether Celtic are willing to, though, is another question. The ball, by this report’s language, is very much in the Bhoys’ court now.

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