Hibs fans received the news they feared after it emerged that Jason Cummings is set to leave the club for English Championship side Nottingham Forest.
The striker was subject of a bid from Peterborough United last season but stayed to help the club return to the Ladbrokes Premiership.
However, it is expected that the player will link up with former Rangers manager Mark Warburton at the City Ground.
Cummings missed the penalty which confirmed the club’s relegation from the top-flight in the play-off with Hamilton Academical. But in the past three season he has netted 69 goals, helping the club win their first Scottish Cup in 114 years before firing them to the Championship title.
There have been a few lows but mostly highs for the hitman as he leaves with the club and his career on an upward curve.
How have fans reacted to his move?
Many would have liked to have seen the 21-year-old stay around for a little bit longer before moving on:
Steven Bell wrote on the Evening News Hibs Alerts Facebook page: ‘Relegation threatened Championship team in England? Sorry but I think Jason should aim for higher than that. Stay another year, bang a few more in and he’ll be far more likely to get top end Championship in my opinion.’
Jim Quinn posted: ‘Ye if true, but think 1 more season in prem for us would have given him more chance of a better move, hope he stays, hard to replace.’
Brian Seaton said: ‘Say no and stay at the club your loved at Jason. Don’t go just for the money, you’ll get a better deal after this season when you prove that you can score 20 goals plus in the top flight.’
Angela Simm shared: ‘Would love to see him stay for 1 season. But what ever happens Jason thank u and good luck to u, would be great if sparky came back even on loan.’
@waynecuthbert tweeted: ‘Too soon too young wee man, give it a couple ay year @Jasoncummings35 #GGTTH’
@Hibee_10_6 posted: ‘Would like to have seen him at least for a year in the Premier, but fair play JC you stayed to get us back. Good luck.’
@brucerisk offered: ‘Och I honestly thought he would give it another 2 years before moving and then to a Premiership club. I hope he does well. Good luck Jason.’
In the main fans wished Cummings all the best, grateful for what he achieved at the club:
Alan Wicksted observed: ‘Inevitable sooner or later but good luck to Jason wherever he goes at least it’s not to the Old Firm like so many others. This could give the young lad banging in goals for the reserves his opportunity in the first team with Murray. Not all doom and gloom.’
William Forbes noted: Sorry to see him go at times he could be frustrating but has stuck by us when we went down and scored lots of goals for us. All the best Jason and don’t let us down make a name for yourself but mind us and that special day at Hampden.’
Stewart Wilson said: ‘Good luck to him. He’ll need to be at his best to be hammering them in like he did for Hibs. Thanks for the seasons Jason & Good Luck.’
Jimmy Davis posted: ‘Good luck to the boy leaves a hero.’
Chris Campbell sahred: ‘All the best Jason if it’s true.’
@trevorwales69 tweeted: ‘All the best then Jc .. you scored some belters .. and important goals . Thank you thank you thank you.’
However, not everyone was disappointed:
Mike Anderson said: ‘I’ll carry him there myself. Don’t get me wrong he’s scored loads of goals but I’d rather have a striker who works for the team as well as scores goals.Jason doesn’t offer that.’
Steven Mitchell posted: ‘No really that fussed, as long as we get quality replacements and at least 2.5million.’
Brian Carroll observed: ‘More disappointed at losing James Keatings a better a player that never got a decent chance ...’
The speculation has led to concern among fans:
Paddy Meechan said: ‘Good move Hibs wait till you sell 11k plus season tickets then sell your striker reminds me of when they sold Gary O’Connor just days before a Scottish Cup semi final.’
Steven McKenzie posted: ‘Bad one. We already needed a striker and now we’ve lost our main goalscorer, we need two and they had better be good or we really will struggle to score next season.’
Keith Robertson shared: ‘Won’t believe it til I read it! Hope Hibs aren’t going back to their old ways!
Mark Ward noted: ‘Yet again we sell a player on the cheap.’
Hearts fans were glad to see the back of him, but for a different reason:
@ColinAnderson65 tweeted: ‘Must say I’m glad he won’t be facing my team next season. That kind of money is too much to turn down if offered.’