Lennon confident of Shinnie Hibs move but Henderson deal unlikely

Andrew Shinnie has struggled for game time at Birmingham
Andrew Shinnie has struggled for game time at Birmingham
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Hibs boss Neil Lennon has revealed he’s confident Birmingham City midfielder Andrew Shinnie will be joining the Easter Road outfit on a season-long deal.

But, he admitted, it’s unlikely Celtic youngster Liam Henderson will be returning to the Capital club, believing he’d be unwilling to spend another spell out on loan.

Lennon disclosed at the weekend he’d spoken to Brummies manager Gary Rowett about the possibility of former Inverness Caley star Shinnie heading back north after the 27-year-old had fallen out of favour at the English Championship club.

Rowett gave Lennon the go-ahead, later saying a deal was “virtually agreed” with Shinnie having the final say on the matter.

However, Lennon believes that once Shinnie, who has one Scotland cap, sorts out a few personal issues he will finalise his move to Edinburgh.

He said: “We have spoken to Birmingham. I’ve spoken to the player and I think more or less everything is in agreement. Andrew wanted to sort out a few personal issues. Hopefully we will have an answer today. I am confident, everything has been agreed with Birmingham.

“Andrew was really up for it hope we will have confirmation soon.”

But while Shinnie looks set to become Lennon’s fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Grant Holt, Ross Laidlaw and Ofir Marciano, the Hibs manager – who hopes to bring in two extra players in addition to Shinnie – isn’t holding out much hope of Henderson, a revelation which will disappoint many fans who were hoping for a return for one of the club’s Scottish Cup heroes.

Asked if he believed Henderson, who has two years remaining on his contract with the Glasgow club, would be back, Lennon said: “I would doubt that very much.

“Brendan has him in his squad, he’s a Celtic player so I think Brendan would like the opportunity to work with him. I do not think the kid wants to go out on loan any more.”