Hibernian manager Jack Ross said he is confident of keeping hold of Kevin Nisbet despite reported interest from Scottish Premiership giants Celtic, while speaking to the Daily Record.
If you are a goal-hungry penalty-box poacher, surely you would relish the prospect of playing for this Celtic side.
Six wins in a row, 24 goals scored along the way (an average of four a game), Ange Postecoglou’s Hoops are producing arguably the most exciting attacking football in Britain right now.
With David Turnbull, James Forrest, Tom Rogic, Liel Abada and Kyogo Furuhashi at the peak of their powers, whoever leads the line for Celtic this season will not be short of chances.
How many would Nisbet score with Furuhashi and co serving up chances on a silver platter?
That is a question Jack Ross hopes will not receive an answer as he looks to retain the services of the Scotland international poacher.
Is Kevin Nisbet staying at Hibs?
“I need Kevin to be here beyond the transfer window,” said the former Sunderland and St Mirren coach.
In Ross’s eyes, there is nothing to suggest that the £4 million-rated Nisbet will be packing his bags and swapping Edinburgh for Glasgow before next week’s deadline.
According to the Daily Record, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also a fan of a striker who scored 18 goals last season, also netting for Scotland in a pre-Euros friendly with the Netherlands.
“I’m always loathe to say anything definitive about any player because things can change very quickly in football but there’s been no sign of him leaving so far and in terms of his importance to me for the direction the team’s going, he’s huge, so I’m very hopeful of keeping him.
“Because of speculation about his future last week, people believe we’ve just suddenly started speaking about a new contract but it’s something we’ve been speaking about for a number of weeks.
“The great thing was that Kevin and his representatives were positive about those discussions and it’s continued in that vein. There’s nothing definitive but everything to date has been heading in the right direction.”
Celtic have missed out on a move for OH Leuven targetman Thomas Henry this week while their pursuit of Giorgos Giakoumakis also appears to have hit the buffers.