Hibs boss still weighing up Lewis Toshney deal

Lewis Toshney has given Alan Stubbs "a nice problem".

Lewis Toshney has given Alan Stubbs "a nice problem".

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Hibs boss Alan Stubbs will make up his mind on whether or not to offer Lewis Toshney a contract at Easter Road within the next few days.

The former Celtic defender has been training with Stubbs’ squad after failing to win a deal with Hearts. As a free agent, 22-year-old Toshney, who has first-team experience from loan spells with Kilmarnock and Dundee, can join a new club even though the transfer window has shut, as new French striker Dominique Malonga did last week.

Should the Scotland Under-21 internationalist become Stubbs’ ninth signing, he would provide cover in central defence and at right-back.

The head coach said: “I haven’t spoken to Lewis yet so I am not going to comment. I think it’s only fair he speaks to me first rather than seeing anything, good news or bad news, in the press first. I’ll be speaking to Lewis then I will be in a position to tell you exactly what has happened.”

Stubbs has already decided against signing two other trialists, ex-Newcastle midfielder Matty Pattison and Dutch striker Donovan Deekman, but he can still add to his squad.

He said: “If there is a possibility then I will always find space to bring someone in. Lewis did well and he has given me a nice problem. The board has been really good in bringing in another striker in Dominique. People will turn round and say we had to given Farid El Alagui’s injury. It’s okay having to but finding the money to do that is another thing.”

Malonga should make his debut in Saturday’s match against Cowdenbeath although Stubbs admitted the 25-year-old is a little behind his new team-mates in terms of fitness.

The head coach said: “We will see how he is this week. I’m hopeful he will be able to play some part in the game.”