Hibs midfielder Dylan McGeouch has revealed he is edging nearer to a first-team return, with the home clash against Rangers in ten days’ time firmly in his sights.
The 21-year-old, on loan from Premiership league leaders Celtic, has not kicked a ball for the Easter Road side since the 1-1 stalemate with city rivals Hearts towards the end of October after undergoing ankle surgery that has kept him sidelined for the past six weeks.
However, McGeouch, who was just beginning to assert his influence in the heart of the Hibs midfielder alongside the two Scotts, Allan and Robertson, has stepped up his recovery this week with a return to the club’s training complex at East Mains.
On the prospect of making his return two days after Christmas against the Ibrox outfit, McGeouch said: “It’s a big game for the club and for everyone involved, so hopefully I can get back for that. I’m not promising anything but if I am back for that it would be a wee bonus.
“The surgeon’s given me the go-ahead to start running so I’ll see where I am by the end of the week, and at the start of next week, and take it from there.
“I’ve just started jogging and hopefully I’ll pick it up this week and get training as soon as. It’s really up to the physios and whether they think I am ready to get back into a game, but hopefully that’s as soon as possible,” he told Hibs TV.
Meanwhile, Hibs are believed to be keen on taking MLS side LA Galaxy striker Jack McBean on trial next week. The 20-year-old is currently training with English Championship club Charlton Athletic having also spent some time with league rivals Blackburn Rovers and Wolves. However, it is understood McBean will travel north next week to join up with Stubbs’ squad.
McBean, a Californian-native who also has UK citizenship through his Scottish father, made headlines in the US in 2011 when he netted on his debut against Houston Dynamo as a 16-year-old, but he has since struggled to force his way into coach Bruce Arena’s plans.