Hibernian chairman Ron Gordon admits star striker Kevin Nisbet could be sold in the summer transfer window after Sunderland expressed an interest, speaking to Sky Sports.
At the start of the season, you’d have got long odds on a Hibs side that was playing second-tier football as recently as 2017 finishing third in the top flight.
But, thanks to the clinical finishing of their Glasgow-born talisman, Europa League football could be on its way back to Easter Road soon.
Whether Nisbet is around to see it, however, is another matter.
Six months after joining from Dunfermline in a £250,000 deal, Hibs were rejecting offers in the region of ten times more during the January window.
But, after posting losses of about £1.4 million recently, Hibs may be forced to listen to offers during the summer.
“That could be a possibility, to be honest. It wouldn’t surprise me,” Gordon says when asked whether Nisbet could be sold.
“We’re thinking about those possibilities and planning accordingly but, yes, I think one (of our players will leave).
“I don’t anticipate more than one but I think one could perhaps have an opportunity to move this summer.”
Nisbet has scored 14 times this season, including a dramatic equaliser against Celtic in January.
Securing promotion to the Championship at the third time of asking would do Sunderland’s hopes no harm at all if they plan to make a new bid for one of Scotland’s hottest prospects.