Neil Lennon eyeing more midfield firepower for Hibs

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Hibs boss Neil Lennon is determined to add increased firepower from midfield after claiming just seven league goals from that area last season.

While boasting an array of talented midfielders, Hibs were again forced to rely heavily on Jason Cummings throughout the campaign, the 21-year-old becoming the club’s top scorer for the third season in succession as he once more got past the 20 mark.

On taking charge, Lennon immediately identified a lack of goals as to being a major reason why Hibs had failed to win promotion from the Championship the previous season.

And while they comfortably won the title to clinch their place back in the Premiership, they couldn’t beat the 2015/16 total of 59 goals and, it was felt, more could have come from midfield where Scotland internationalist John McGinn claimed four league goals, Kris Commons, on a five-game emergency loan from Celtic, two, and Andrew Shinnie, in a season-long deal from Birmingham City, just one.

Dylan McGeouch finally got on the scoresheet in the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Aberdeen but, like Fraser Fyvie and Marvin Bartley, he wasn’t on target in the Championship.

Of those players only McGinn, Bartley and McGeouch remain at Hibs, but Lennon made his first move to improve the goals tally from midfield with the signing of Danny Swanson, the scorer of 15 goals for St Johnstone last season, ten of them in the league.

Lennon, however, is anxious to add an even greater threat from that area and it is understood he is looking at more goalscoring midfielders to further enhance his squad after bringing in forward Simon Murray – who claimed 18 goals for Dundee United last season – to counter the loss of fellow strikers James Keatings and Grant Holt.