The Sheffield Wednesday striker is in a similar boat to that of Celtic's Dembele two years ago.
As confirmed by their chairman earlier this week, Wednesday are resigned to losing Hirst - the promising England Under-20 striker - after his refusal to sign a new contract at Hillsborough.
A host of clubs, including Everton, Leicester City and Leeds United have been credited with varying degrees of interest in the player - and it's plausible that Celtic could be next.
The Bhoys have an eye for an English-based bargain, as their 2016 capture of Moussa Dembele proved, while they also tried to sign Dominic Solanke in identical circumstances earlier this year [the Guardian].
Like the young pair, Hirst will be able to move freely at the end of his deal next summer, although Wednesday should receive some compensation for the 18-year-old, who has progressed through the ranks at Hillsborough, where his father David made his name.
Were Hirst to move to a club outside of England, however - to Celtic, for example - the Owls would be entitled to substantially less, as Fulham learned the hard way when they were paid only a fraction [around £500,000] of the £4 million plus anticipated had Dembele moved to a domestic rival [Get West London].
And with the Frenchman's Celtic future uncertain amid interest from elsewhere, Hirst could sense an opportunity north of the border next season.
It's a prospect of which Sheffield Wednesday should be fearful.