Several clubs are monitoring Sam Stanton’s situation as the midfielder prepares to leave Hibs this summer.
The 23-year-old is under contract for another year, but, after falling out of favour over the past three seasons, he won’t feature in Neil Lennon’s plans for the Easter Road club’s return to the Premiership next term.
Stanton hasn’t played a first-team game for Hibs since October 2015 and has been out on loan for most of the intervening period.
After spending the second half of the 2015/16 campaign with Livingston and having just completed a fruitful season-long loan at Dumbarton in which he was one of their key players as they secured Championship survival, Stanton, who is eager to play regularly, will again leave Hibs in the coming months, either on a permanent or loan basis.
With Hibs chasing promotion from the Championship in recent seasons, Stanton has been unable to join rival clubs at the top end of the second tier. However, after his parent club’s title success, that avenue is now open to him, and several Championship clubs, allied to a couple in the bottom half of the Premiership, are watching with interest to see how his situation pans out over the coming weeks.
Stanton has scored seven goals in 70 appearances for Hibs but, since the club were relegated three years ago, the academy graduate has never been afforded the level of game time required to rediscover the promising form he showed after breaking into the first team under Terry Butcher in the second half of the ill-fated 2013/14 campaign.