It doesn’t take a genius to work out why Ally McCoist likes Kevin Nisbet.
A real penalty box poacher who comes alive whenever the ball drops loose – and yes, we’re talking about the Hibernian hotshot not the Rangers legend.
“He was excellent from start to finish,” McCoist said in September after Nisbet caused his old employers no end of headaches during a 2-2 draw at Easter Road.
“He is one of these lads, as soon as he sees the goal he fancies having a shot and I don’t mind that at all. In fact it’s a very endearing attitude to have. He takes a touch and hits it first time. I was impressed.”
There’s more to Nisbet than the odd six-yard tap-in, of course – even if ruthless close-range finishes remain his bread and butter.
The former Partick Thistle man has scored 18 times during his debut season at Hibs, with his movement outside the box also catching the eye.
A tally of eight assists speaks for itself. Nisbet is more of a team player than he’s often given credit for.
And that all-round skillset will serve him well should the Glasgow-born forward return to his roots this summer.
The Scottish Sun reported today that Celtic are eyeing a potential £3 million move for a striker who spent time with the Hoops at youth level.
The Old Firm giants are desperate to bounce back from a miserable 2020/21 campaign but, with Patryk Klimala gone, Leigh Griffiths going and Odsonne Edouard almost certain to leave, Nisbet would return to Celtic with a crushing burden of expectation on his broadening shoulders.