Alan Stubbs hopes to further strengthen his Hibs squad in the January transfer window with a striker and a defender as they continue to battle with Rangers at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship table.
Saturday’s home draw with Falkirk, coupled with Rangers only taking a point at home to Morton, kept the Hibees three points behind Mark Warburton’s side in second. With the possibility of his fringe players being allowed to move on in search of regular football, Stubbs revealed his intention to strengthen at both ends of the pitch. “I want to bring a striker in,” he said. “I’d like to bring another one in and I want to bring a defensive player in, just for cover, probably more toward’s Dave [Gray, right back]’s side just in case.
“It’s not going to be many. I think it will be one or two and we’ll try and do it as early as possible. It won’t be like an August window – it won’t be one of them, it will be just one or two and we’ll try and pick the right one or two.”
Stubbs also made clear his dissatisfaction with how a head knock to Lewis Stevenson during Saturday’s game was handled, with the Hibs doctor not being allowed on the pitch to treat the left back. “I was disappointed with Lewis Stevenson where he has had a head injury and we wanted our doctor on, and he wasn’t allowed to go on,” he explained. “It was a clash of heads and as soon as I saw it, I heard it as well. You just can’t be too careful. You’d have to ask the referee.
“There’s a protocol – we asked for our doctor to go on and I can categorically say we asked and he wasn’t allowed on. It’s disappointing, especially with head injuries now and how serious it is.
“Lewy being Lewy, he wants to go on – I don’t know if he thought he was on the pitch or in a disco! He was all over the place – he might have been staggering like that on his Christmas night out last week but I didn’t want him to be staggering like that on Saturday!”