Scott Robertson’s Hibs career is over, the Evening News has learned.
The midfielder’s contract expired at the end of the season and he will not be signing a new one.
Robertson was brought to Easter Road by former manager Pat Fenlon on a two-and-a-half-year deal in January 2013 and had hoped to remain with the Edinburgh club.
Provisional talks were held towards the end of last season in which Robertson was told the club wanted to keep him on slightly reduced terms to his original deal. As a regular starter who was enjoying his football under Alan Stubbs, the former Dundee and Dundee United player was open to this and ready to commit his future to Hibs.
However, following the team’s failure to win promotion to the Premiership, the offer was then reduced further, prompting Robertson to reluctantly decide he would have to move on.
Robertson is currently weighing up his options, with a return to England or the Scottish Premiership among his possibilities.
The 30-year-old reignited his career at Easter Road after a short and ill-fated spell at Blackpool in the second half of 2012. Following an injury-interrupted start to his time in Edinburgh under Fenlon, and then a relegation-tarnished 2013/14 campaign under Terry Butcher, Robertson asserted himself as a key man in Stubbs’ midfield. He started 41 of Hibs’ 46 competitive matches in the season just finished and was their third-top-scorer, with six goals.
Robertson follows his fellow midfielder Liam Craig in departing Easter Road. Of the other out-of-contract Hibs players from last season, the club are currently working towards finalising new contracts for Martin Boyle and Liam Fontaine, while it remains to be seen whether Mark Oxley or Dylan McGeouch will return.