Alan Stubbs admitted the permanent signing of Dylan McGeouch had been on his wish list for the past year after the midfielder completed his move from Celtic to Hibs last night.
The 22-year-old impressed during a season-long loan last term and, after a summer of discussions, he has now secured his release from Parkhead and agreed a three-year contract with the Easter Road club. McGeouch is in contention to feature in tomorrow’s Championship showdown with Rangers at Ibrox.
“Dylan was one of our stand-out performers last season and he is a player that I’ve wanted to sign on a permanent basis from the very first day he joined on loan,” said head coach Stubbs. “So the fact that we’re now in a position to make that move a reality is fantastic news for everybody connected to the club.”
The prospect of Hibs signing McGeouch looked to have been dashed when Celtic took up the option of a one-year extension to his contract upon the expiry of his previous deal at the end of last season. However, the Parkhead side’s swoop for Hibs talisman Scott Allan last week paved the way for McGeouch to head in the opposite direction, albeit the latter move required additional talks over the past week to iron out the terms.
“I really enjoyed playing for Hibs and working with Alan Stubbs, so when the opportunity came up to come back to Hibs it was the right choice for me,” said McGeouch, who hasn’t featured at all for Celtic this season. “At this stage in my career, I need to be playing games on a regular basis and I felt I really benefited from that experience last season. Now I’m looking to kick on and help the team to challenge for promotion.”
Meanwhile, Hibs winger Alex Harris yesterday joined Championship rivals Queen of the South on loan for the rest of the season. The 20-year-old has struggled to establish himself under Stubbs and, after spending the second half of last season on loan at Dundee, he has featured in only one of Hibs’ four competitive matches this season. The Easter Road club have also farmed out a trio of 18-year-olds. Lewis Allan has joined League 1 side Forfar Athletic for the rest of the season, while midfielders Aaron Scott and Conner Duthie have joined Spartans on 30-day loans.