Sport Hibs braced for improved Martin Boyle offer ahead of Premiership return
Hibs making progress on Ewan Henderson and Elias Melkersen deals but no move for Connor McGrandles or Toby Sibbick
Hibs are making progress in their attempts to sign Ewan Henderson of Celtic and Bodø/Glimt forward Elias Melkersen as the Easter Road side continues efforts to strengthen the playing squad.However the Evening News understands reports linking Lincoln City midfielder Connor McGrandles, Barnsley defender and former Hearts loanee Toby Sibbick, and Vålerenga winger Osame Sahraoui with Hibs are wide of the mark.
Hibs are bracing themselves for an improved offer for talisman Martin Boyle as the Premiership prepares to return from an extended winter break.
Saudi Arabian club Al-Faisaly are expected to launch another bid for the Australian international after their previous offers, the latest reported as being around £2 million, were rejected by the Easter Road club.
Rumours swirled over the weekend that a bid for the 28-year-old had already been accepted but Hibs have since denied this. They have, however, been made aware that Al-Faisaly haven’t given up hopes of signing Boyle despite reports linking them with a move for Brazilian winger Rossi.
Arsenal’s Harry Clarke adds strength to Hibs' defence, bolsters attack - and he can't wait for Rangers and Celtic games
Harry Clarke was only a few games into his loan spell at Ross County when he made it perfectly clear that he wasn’t there for an easy time. © Harry Clarke holds off Celtic's Adam Montgomery during a cinch Premiership match between Celtic and ... He wanted new challenges and by that time it was already clear that he was capable of rising to them.A loanee, the 20 year-old Arsenal player, who had come through the ranks at the London club after transferring from his local side – Ipswich Town – in 2015, had arrived in the Highlands looking to test his mettle.
Boyle recently met with owner Ron Gordon and chief executive Ben Kensell after the Saudi side made it known they would be prepared to offer him a £29,000-a-week deal.
The attacker, who has netted 14 goals in 27 games this season, is understandably keen on the life-changing move but was content to stay put until another club met Hibs’ valuation.
Hibs are not entertaining offers for Christian Doidge, however, following reports of an approach from Dundee with a view to a possible loan deal, though Scott Allan could potentially leave in January if an acceptable offer is made for the midfielder.
Hibs are in action tonight as they travel to Celtic Park for the first Scottish Premiership fixture after the winter shutdown.
The match, originally due to be played on December 29, marks the return of capacity crowds with the 500-limit on attendances lifted from today.
New Hibs boy Chris Mueller on Christian Pulisic influence and where he will fit in Shaun Maloney's XI
New Hibs signing Chris Mueller has paid tribute to Chelsea's American star Christian Pulisic. © Chris Mueller has joined up with Hibs team-mates after his move from Orlando City. (Photo by Alan Ha... Having signed a pre-contract agreement in the summer, Mueller has finally made the move to Easter Road. A move which has been a long time coming for the 25-year-old.The forward has had a firmly held belief that he “belonged in European football” and has only been inspired by the impact of Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea.
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is delighted his side won't be playing in an empty stadium and praised the league’s effort to reschedule affected fixtures.
He said: "The clubs took the right course of action.
"We understood why the government did what they did at that time but as I said at the time, I thought it was quite logical, with the natural break that we have that other leagues don't have, it would have been ludicrous to try to play without crowds.
"We gave ourselves a least an opportunity to start again (with crowds).
"We've only really had one round of fixtures without fans in there and that is testament to the fact that everyone in the league was looking at the greater good and the greater good is to make sure that our supporters and clubs were hand in hand in making sure that games were played in full stadiums."
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'This is going to take time': Hibs message delivered as Joe Newell reveals 'annoying' fan shout .
Defeat Motherwell and Hibs move into fourth place in the Premiership table. © Joe Newell and Hibs are aiming for fourth place in the cinch Premiership. In recent weeks they have proved themselves fairly adept at responding to similar enticements“It does feel like a big game – but then every game has felt that way,” according to manager Shaun Maloney. “We had this exact same feeling when we played Aberdeen - Aberdeen were ahead of us. When we played Dundee United they were ahead of us. This feels very similar to those games. © New Hibs manager Shaun Maloney gets his message across.