Football Insider pundit Noel Whelan has been giving his thoughts to Celtic’s reported interest in Hibernian striker Kevin Nisbet.
The Lowdown: Nisbet presented to Howe
According to The Scottish Sun, the Hoops are considering summer moves for Nisbet and left-back Aaron Hickey. The report claims that both players have been presented to Eddie Howe, who looks set to replace Neil Lennon in the Parkhead dugout.
Should a move go through for the 24-year-old, he could come in for Odsonne Edouard at Parkhead, who appears to be closing in on a move to Leicester City.
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The Latest: Whelan reacts
Talking to Football Insider regarding the transfer update, Whelan seemed to back a proposed Parkhead move, labelling Nisbet a ‘proven’ forward. The 46-year-old said:
“At £3million, you’re not really going to be taking too much of a risk.
“He’s proven he can do it at Hibs, they’ve had a good season, in a cup final as well. He’s done it against the Old Firm, so they know that he can work the best backlines in the Scottish Premiership.
“So 24-years-of-age, he’s a good age as well, coming to the best years of his football. If you can do it at Hibs and can score goals in the Scottish Premiership, then you know that he’s going to score goals in the Scottish Premiership when you’re at Celtic.”
The Verdict: A shrewd move, but the Hoops may need more
Celtic fans should know all about Nisbet. The 24-year-old scored twice and provided an assist against the Hoops this season and was the joint-second highest scorer in the Premiership behind Edouard.
On that basis, providing Howe likes what he sees in him, Nisbet could be a handy signing in Glasgow if Celtic snap him up. He knows what it takes to score at this level, and as Whelan has said, if he can do it for Hibs, you’d expect him to flourish for the Hoops.
However, with Edouard’s expected exit, Mohamed Elyounoussi returning to Southampton and Leigh Griffiths’ future up in the air, it could be a smart move to bring in another attacking talent alongside Nisbet.
It looks set to be a summer of change both on and off the pitch at Celtic, and Nisbet could become one of the club’s first major signings under new management.
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