{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"hibs","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/four-things-we-learned-from-dundee-0-3-hibs-1-4803975","id":"1.4803975","articleHeadline": "Four things we learned from Dundee 0-3 Hibs","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1537634730000 ,"articleLead": "

Mark Atkinson looks at four talking points from Hibs’ win over Dundee at Dens Park as Neil Lennon’s side inflicted more misery on the Dark Blues

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Martin Boyle is on fire

Martin Boyle is wanted by both Scotland and Australia and it is easy to see why on this display. Hibs were always looking for him as the out-ball and his searing pace caused all manner of problems for the Dundee back-line.

He took his goal very well in the second half and is brimming with confidence. A major threat for Hibs these days – and an international player in the making.

Mark Milligan is a veritable defensive midfielder

There’s something very satisfying in watching a true defensive midfielder doing his job impeccably.

Experienced Aussie Mark Milligan, in his first start for Hibs, did just that. Rarely flustered in possession and steely in the tackle, he protected his defence magnificently and thwarted many Dundee attacks.

Will turn into a big player for Hibs on this showing.

Steven Whittaker is more comfortable at right-back

He’s suffered some flak from Hibs fans for his performances in midfield, but Steven Whittaker came on for the injured David Gray at half-time and looked much more comfortable at full-back, defending well and contributing in attack.

With Milligan playing so well at CDM, Whittaker’s best chance of a starting slot now looks in defence – and on his second-half showing, the 34-year-old still has plenty to offer there.

Neil McCann is on borrowed time

Dundee boss Neil McCann has now presided over six straight losses in the league this season.

The Dees are pointless and the natives at Dens Park were very restless come full-time. Even Hibs fans were chanting “you’re getting sacked in the morning”.

McCann is under severe pressure, make no bones about it.

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Marks out of ten for every Hibs player to have seen game time at Dens Park

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Click the link to view our player ratings

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Hibs head coach Neil Lennon hailed “one of the most complete performances” in his time as Hibs manager after he watched his team win 3-0 away at Dundee.

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Second-half goals from Florian Kamberi, Martin Boyle and Thomas Agyepong sealed a victory at Dens Park that moved the Hibees up to second in the Ladbrokes Premiership, ahead of Livingston on goal difference.

“That was one of the most complete performances in my time. We were outstanding,” said Lennon.

“I am one very happy manager. Everything I asked for, I got.”

• READ MORE - Dundee 0-3 Hibs: Clinical Hibees heap misery on basement club Dundee

Lennon singled out praise for Mark Milligan, who made his first start for Hibs, and Boyle.

£Milligan had an outstanding debut,” added Lennon. “My two centre-halves were excellent. Most teams would have struggled against us today.

“Boyle is an outstanding player. The only thing missing is more goals. He has great pace, enthusiasm and quality and he is only going to get better.”

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Three second half goals steered Hibs to victory over Dundee, leaving the Dens Park outfit firmly rooted to the foot of the Premiership table without a single point from their opening six matches.

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Flo Kamberi had already hit the bar moments after the interval before the Swiss striker took Martin Boyle’s pass to slip the ball beyond goalkeeper Elliot Parish, who was beaten again three minutes later as Boyle doubled Hibs’ advantage.

And with two minutes left substitute Thomas Agyepong claimed his first goal, firing in a terrific shot which left the Dark Blues ‘keeper helpless.

The first half had been a rather lacklustre affair, played at a fairly pedestrian pace although Dundee’s Adil Nabi tested Hibs goalkeeper Adam Bogdan with a low shot which the Hungarian internatiionalist did well to get down and tip round the post.

Bogdan’s opposite number Parish was equally alert when David Gray picked out Stevie Mallan, the goalkeeper pulling off a point-blank save to prevent the midfielder opening the scoring.

There was a big call for referee Andrew Dallas when Khali Madianga and Efe Ambrose tangled inside the Hibs penalty area but rather than point to the spot he booked the Dundee man for diving.

Hibs came out after the interval minus skipper David Gray who had picked up a knock but clearly intent on inflicting some damage on the Scottish Premiership’s basement outfit, Kamberi hitting the bar before Gray’s replacement Steven Whittaker forced another good save out of Parish.

But Hibs broke the deadlock in the 51st minute, Boyle bringing down Paul Hanlon’s long ball and slipping it into the path of Kamberi, who got enough on it to take it past Parish and into the net.

Three minutes later the Capital club had doubled their lead, Boyle doing it all himself this time as he drove into the box and drilled a low shot across Parish and into the far corner of the net.

And on-loan Manchester City winger Agyepong wrapped up a comfortable win with that late strike.

Dundee: Parish, Kerr, Inniss, Boyle, C Miller (Mendy 70), Nabi, Ngwatala, McGowan, Madianga (J Curran 46), Kamara, Kallman (Henvey 88). Subs not used: Hamilton, O’Dea, Spence, Dow.

Hibs: Bogdan, Gray (Whittaker 46), Ambrose, Hanlon, Stevenson, Milligan, Slivka, Mallan, Horgan, Boyle (Agyepong 72), Kamberi (Shaw 85). Subs not used: Laidlaw, Porteous, Bartley, Hyndman.

Referee: Andrew Dallas

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Hibs head coach Neil Lennon has made three changes to the starting XI for this afternoon’s match against Dundee at Dens Park.

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Australian midfielder Mark Milligan makes his first start since joining this summer, while Vykintas Slivka is also brought into the engine room.

Defender Paul Hanlon returns to the team after a hamstring injury.

Steven Whittaker, Ryan Porteous and Emerson Hyndman drop to the bench. Marvin Bartley is listed among the subs after recovering from injury.

However, striker Jamie Maclaren misses out with a back complaint.

Hibs team to play Dundee: Bogdan, Gray, Ambrose, Hanlon, Stevenson, Milligan, Slivka, Mallan, Horgan, Boyle, Kamberi. Subs: Laidlaw, Whittaker, Porteous, Bartley, Agyepong, Hyndman, Shaw.

Dundee: Parish, Kerr, Inniss, Boyle, C Miller, Nabi, Ngwatala, McGowan, Madianga, Kamara, Kallman. Subs: Hamilton, O’Dea, Mendy, Curran, Spence, Henvey, Dow.

Referee: Andrew Dallas

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Hibs boss Neil Lennon has revealed how Australian target Martin Boyle was robbed of a potential Scotland cap in the summer by injury.

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Easter Road’s flying winger is high on the radar of Graham Arnold, the new coach of the Socceroos, who visited East Mains before watching Boyle in action in the Capital club’s 3-2 win over Kilmarnock. Boyle’s father, Graeme, was born in Sydney.

Boyle came off against Killie because of injury, although he’ll be fit to face Dundee at Dens Park today. Arnold took advantage of his visit to Hibs’ training ground to view videos of Boyle in action as he also caught up with Aussie internationalists Mark Milligan and Jamie Maclaren, who will miss the trip to Tayside with a back problem.

However, while insisting an Australian call-up, which could come as early as next month when the Socceroos face Kuwait in a friendly in the Middle East, Lennon disclosed that Boyle could have been on Scotland’s summer tour of Mexico and Peru in which his Hibs team-mate Lewis Stevenson won his first international cap.

“We did get a call in from Scotland before the trip to South America, but Martin had hurt his hamstring in the penultimate game of the season and was unavailable.”

Boyle has already expressed an interest in playing for the country of his father’s birth – as first revealed by the Edinburgh Evening News eight months ago – and Lennon admitted he’d be delighted if he was called up by Australia. He said: “I think it would be thoroughly merited for Martin. We had Graham Arnold here checking on Milly and Jamie and then he came to the game against Kilmarnock. Unfortunately Martin only lasted 45 minutes but Graham saw plenty of footage of him while he was here. He’s maybe a player of interest to Australia and I think that would appeal to Martin.

“International football would be great for his experience, to play at international level, especially for a country like Australia. It is a different footballing culture but if he does get called up there is a familiarity there with the boys already here. It would be great for his game going forward.

“I had a chat with Graham, nothing was confirmed but we’d be delighted for Martin if it does happen.”

Asked if the Australian link might act as some sort of a “hurry up” call to national team coach Alex McLeish, Lennon insisted it was not in his remit to pick players for Scotland but was adamant Boyle has plenty of potential to continue the rapid progress he has made in a green-and-white shirt.

He said: “There is still room for improvement in his game but he has been tremendous for me over the two years I have ben here and you see improvement in him all the time.

“Physically, he is stronger, he has electric pace and has been a huge player for me. He is everybody’s type of player – he wants to get at people, get beyond and his movement and fitness levels are very, very good. I don’t think he is the type to rest on his laurels.”

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It would be a legitimate question for any player who has scored four goals so far this season to be asked if hitting double figures would be a realistic target.

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It would be a legitimate question for any player who has scored four goals so far this season to be asked if hitting double figures would be a realistic target.

However, for someone like Hibs skipper David Gray, who can hardly be regarded as a prolific marksman, it was probably not surprising he initially thought the query was in regard to how many he might score in his entire career.

In fact, Gray’s bullet header in the 3-2 win over Kilmarnock last weekend was his 11th for Hibs, his most memorable, of course, being that historic Scottish Cup winner against Rangers. But given he hadn’t found the net in any of the eight seasons prior to him returning north of the border, he was entitled to a wry reply of, “Prolific, eh?” when asked about this early-season goals rush.

“No, it’s been good and I’m enjoying it,” said the right-back of his happy knack of stealing in at the back post to claim crucial strikes.

“I’m enjoying getting into these positions and thankfully they’re going in at the moment. Long may that continue.

“We worked on the set-piece [the corner which brought his goal against Killie] and when it comes off it’s brilliant. It helps when you’ve got somebody like Stevie [Mallan].

“If you can get away from your man you’ve got a right good chance of getting on the ball because his deliveries are always really good. It’s great to have somebody like that in the team.”

Having already scored more times this season than in any other, Gray conceded that to take that tally into double figures this term would be beyond his wildest dreams, but insisted that, as a defender, he would rather have ten clean sheets than another goal.

While Neil Lennon’s side have been scoring plenty themselves, they’ve also been conceding more than is good for them as Gray agreed, saying: “We need to try and tighten up on that front.”

Today’s match against basement side Dundee at Dens Park would appear to offer Gray and his team-mates the perfect opportunity to claim a rare shut-out given the Tayside outfit have managed just two goals in their five Ladbrokes Premiership matches to date.

But Gray insisted Lennon’s players had to be wary of a team desperate to get their first points of the season as they seek to prevent themselves becoming detached at the foot of the table.

He said: “I think they’ve had a bit of a tough run. They’ve lost the first five games so I’m pretty sure they’re going to be coming out all guns blazing to get that first win or that first point.

“We know what to expect. We’ve been well drilled all week and we’re fully expecting a really tough game.”

However, while anticipating Dundee to attempt a whirlwind start, Gray agreed that Hibs could quickly deflate both the Dens Park players and fans alike by hitting them with a similar opening to the game.

He said: “It’s important to always start the game well. A few times we’ve been slow out of the blocks but in games we have taken the lead we can really push on and try to get the result.

“We’ve got players who can hurt people, a lot of pace and a lot of power up front, so we’ll be trying to start the game as well as we can as their confidence might be a little bit low.”

While Hibs’ start to the season may appear a little pedestrian compared to the five straight wins Capital rivals Hearts have made to open up a healthy gap at the top end of the table, Gray said everyone at Easter Road was quietly confident they can emulate the success they enjoyed on their return to the Premiership last season.

The loss of key players John McGinn and Dylan McGeouch was always going to be a difficult hurdle for Hibs to overcome but Gray said: “I think the club have been quite cute in what they have done. They’ve gone about their business and strengthened the squad without trying to do a like-for-like.

“The work has been done in the background to get the sort of players the manager wants.”

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Hibs 2, Rangers 1, SPL, Saturday September 17, 2006

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THE final scoreline was not entirely a fair reflection on the performance of Hibs who dominated from start to finish and should have been out of sight by half-time.

This was Hibs’ game by some distance. They should have had it won by the end of the first half, in which they tormented Rangers every time they had possession, but could only score the once.

But, in the end, they only took the points the hard way by
conceding an equaliser before reasserting their control.

Every element of Tony Mowbray’s side functioned well, but special mention should be made to the men in the middle of the park. Michael Stewart, Kevin Thomson and Scott Brown were faster and keener than their Rangers counterparts. Chris Killen finished well with both goals, albeit with the assistance of an inept Rangers defence, while Ivan Sproule wreaked havoc with his pace and passion.

Hibs opened the scoring after seven minutes when Stewart and Killen combined to create a simple goal. A Stewart free-kick into the box found Killen who was able to break free from Julien Rodriguez to loop a header into the net past the stranded Allan McGregor.

As it was, Mowbray’s team dominated the rest of the half without adding to their lead, and Rangers’ frustration was shown in the three bookings – for Steven Smith, Barry Ferguson and Phil Bardsley – they received in its later stages.

Rangers became more solid at the back, and then grew more assertive further up the field after the restart. Just after Rob Jones had become the first Hibs player to be booked, Bardsley came close direct from a free-kick. Still Rangers had not had an attempt on target, but that changed shortly thereafter, and so did the scoreline.

The scoring move began when David Murphy was dispossessed by Chris Burke just inside his own half, then 
was beaten again by the winger as he made his way to the 
bye-line. Having created space for himself, Burke had time to look up and spot Filip Sebo making a run towards the back post, and his outswinging cross was perfectly placed for the Slovakian striker to head low into Zibi Malkowski’s net.

To their great credit, though, Hibs reasserted their superiority, and deservedly regained the lead when Killen, again left unmarked in the box, headed home from a Steven Whittaker cross from the right.

Killen was booked for celebrating the goal by removing his jersey, and that was to prove costly three minutes from time when he received a second yellow following a goalmouth scuffle.

Rangers had little time to exploit their numerical superiority, but Bardsley then levelled the sides by receiving a second yellow of his own for refusing to retreat ten yards after Hibs were awarded a free kick.

Hibs: Z Malkowski, S Whittaker, R Jones, S Martis, D Murphy, S Brown, M Stewart (S Fletcher, 77), K Thomson, A Benjelloun (D Shiels, 62), C Killen, I Sproule (S Glass, 84). Subs not used: J Shields, O Konde, A McNeil, J McCluskey.

Rangers: A McGregor, P Bardsley, J Rodriguez, K Svensson, S Smith (S Papac, 45), C Burke, B Ferguson, J Clement, L Martin (K Boyd, 71), T Buffel (L Sionko, 80), F Sebo. Subs not used: Subs not used: B Hemdani, L Robinson, A Hutton, N Novo.

Referee: John Underhill.

Attendance: 16,450.

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Hibs travel to the City of Discovery on Saturday looking to make it two Ladbrokes Premiership wins on the trot as they take on Neil McCann’s Dundee side.

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Neil Lennon has virtually a full squad to choose from, although Ofir Marciano remains sidelined but is closer to a return.

Jamie Maclaren is a doubt for the match with a back issue while speedy winger Thomas Agyepong is touch and go with a hamstring complaint.

Martin Boyle is fit, while Mark Milligan could be in contention to start after getting a run-out against Kilmarnock last weekend.

Paul Hanlon returns, giving Lennon a full complement of defenders although Miquel Nelom will almost certainly not be involved after he signed a one-year deal on Thursday.

Hanlon’s return and the availability of Darren McGregor also gives the Hibs boss the option of returning to a three-man defence.

Basement side Dundee have lost their opening five fixtures and have found the back of the net just twice.

Five games in might be a bit too early to start talking about relegation battles, but things look a bit grim for McCann and his charges, although Hibs - who have one win and one draw from their last two visits to Dens - will be aware of the banana skin nature of this fixture.

Dundee have several unnamed fitness doubts going into the Scottish Premiership clash.

Injuries / suspensions / unavailable

Hibs - Ofir Marciano is still sidelined but nearing a return from a finger injury while Jamie Maclaren and Thomas Agyepong are both doubts with slight knocks.

Dundee - Former Hibs and Rangers striker Kenny Miller is suspended after Dundee failed to overturn his red card at Ibrox while Roarie Deacon and Glen Kamara are both doubts with ankle and back injuries respectively.

Magic number

4 - Hibs haven’t scored more than one goal in a match at Dens since November 2004 when Tony Mowbray’s side won 4-1 thanks to goals from Derek Riordan, Dean Shiels, Alen Orman and Guillaume Beuzelin. A young Steven Whittaker played the full 90 minutes.

Key battle

Florian Kamberi will be keen to add to his tally after netting the winner in last week’s 3-2 win over Kilmarnock. Dundee defender Darren O’Dea will have his work cut out keeping tabs on the Swiss striker.

Key stats

Hibs lost their last match on the road at Livingston, but the Easter Road side haven’t lost consecutive away games since April / May 2014, when a 2-0 loss at St Mirren preceded a 1-0 defeat at Ross County. Dundee have lost their last three home games - the last time Dee slumped to four consecutive defeats on their own patch was earlier this year, losing 0-1 to Hibs, 1-4 to Ross County, 0-1 to Motherwell and 0-4 to St Johnstone.

Referee

Andrew Dallas is the man in charge at Dens Park. The whistler has taken charge of 12 Hibs matches in his refereeing career, with the capital club losing just once - a 1-0 reversal to Queen of the South in March 2016.

Possible teams

Dundee: Parish, Curran, Boyle, O’Dea, Kerr, Madianga, McGowan, N’Gwatala, C Miller, Mendy, Kallman. Subs from: Hamilton, Ralph, Inniss, Kusunga, Meekings, Spence, Nabi, Moussa, Henvey.

Hibs: Bogdan, Ambrose, Porteous, Hanlon, Milligan, Gray, Mallan, Hyndman, Horgan, Boyle, Kamberi. Subs from: Laidlaw, McGregor, Mackie, Whittaker, Bartley, F Murray, Agyepong, Slivka, Shaw, Allan, Gullan.

Kick-off: 3pm

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'Life Lessons' was released today by the current Ross County centre back across a range of platforms, including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music.

Fontaine has displayed his musical talents before, uploading a YouTube performance of "Straight out of Leith" in 2017, with the 32-year-old playing guitar as well as providing vocals.

During an interview last year, he said his music was his form of escapism during a spell out injured with Hibs.

The defender, who spent three-and-a-half years at Easter Road, won the 2016 Scottish Cup with Hibs and helped them gain promotion back to the Scottish Premiership before heading to the Highlands.

He also scored in the 2016 League Cup final defeat to current club Ross County.

Fontaine has the Highland derby against Inverness Caley Thistle tomorrow, with Inverness also having their own musician in Riccardo Calder, who spoke this week about his love of rap music.

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Follow The Scotsman’s daily blog as we keep you updated with all the latest news, views, rumours and much more from around Scottish football.

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Former Hibs winger Alex Harris has signed a deal with National League North side York City following his release from Falkirk.

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The 24-year-old, who spent 14 years at Easter Road from youth level, played 60 games for Hibs, scoring twice, but serious injury limited his first team opportunities.

He burst onto the scene with a stand-out performance in the 2012/13 Scottish Cup semi-final win over Falkirk, scoring one and assisting another as Hibs came back from 3-0 down at half time to win 4-3 after extra time.

A loan swap with Dundee saw Harris head to Dens Park with Martin Boyle coming in the opposite direction while the 2015/16 seasons saw the Edinburgh-born wideman score four goals in 27 appearances for Queen of the South on loan.

He was released by Hibs at the end of the 2016/17 season and signed a two-year deal with Falkirk that was cancelled by mutual consent on transfer deadline day.

Harris has been training with York and scored in a bounce game against Hartlepool.

York caretaker boss Sam Collins told the club’s website: “Alex has been training with us for two weeks and I have been really impressed with how he has done.

“He scored in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Hartlepool last week and did well in another private game against Leeds on Tuesday afternoon.

“Alex is very attack-minded, very creative, and he fits in with the way we want to play. He is a right-footed forward player who is flexible enough to operate as a winger or in the number 10 role just off the front striker.

“He is a different type of player to what we have already got and his pedigree is also good.”

Harris could make his debut for City in Saturday’s FA Cup second qualifying round match with Ashton Athletic at Bootham Crescent.

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Simon Murray has insisted he has no regrets about joining Hibs despite seeing his stay at Easter Road cut short when the Capital club accepted a bid from South African outfit Bidvest Wits.

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Although the striker had signed a two-year deal for Neil Lennon’s side, in effect Murray enjoyed just six months in a green-and-white shirt, scoring 14 goals before moving on loan to Dundee as the Hibs boss revitalised his strike-force for the remanider of the season with the arrivals of Florian Kamberi and Jamie Maclaren.

Murray returned to Edinburgh, Hibs having knocked back a six-figure approach from top-flight Turkish club Elazigspor in January, for pre-season training intent on reclaiming his place but the city side’s opening Europa League match with NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands in mid-July proved to be his last after Johannesburg-based Wits had a £150,000 offer accepted.

Speaking for the first time since his surprise move, former Arbroath and Dundee United hitman Murray told the Edinburgh Evening News: “I had one of my best years in football with Hibs. I was part of probably the best team the club has had for a good few years.

“The boys in the dressing-room really made it.

“It was the best dressing-room I have been in. I still speak to a lot of them on a daily basis and I hope they go on to have another very successful season.”

Admitting Bidvest’s move “came out of the blue”, Murray revealed he’d jumped at the chance, fulfilling his ambition to play abroad at a time when he knew he’d struggle to push his way past Kamberi and Maclaren, who had both rejoined the club haver scoring 17 goals between them as Hibs came within a whisker of taking second place in the Premiership last season.

The 25-year-old said: “I have no regrets. I left with a lot of great memories.

“I got 14 goals for the club, while scoring and beating Rangers at Ibrox and getting the winner against Hearts after only three minutes in my first Edinburgh derby 
will always stick with me. No-one can take those moments from me.

“I really enjoyed being part of that Hibs team. We had really good players like John McGinn, Dylan McGeouch and Brandon Barker, who are all now playing in the English Championship.

“Everyone goes their own ways, Danny Swanson has also gone, but that’s football – it takes you down different routes. It was a bit of a risk to come to South Africa, but I was really excited about what Bidwest, who are hoping to win the league this season, had to say. They really made me feel they wanted me which is a big thing in football.

“It was a great opportunity for me and, having wanted to play abroad at some stage – although I probably thought that would be somewhere in Europe – I didn’t want to let is pass me by only to be left wondering ‘what if’ at the end of my career.”

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Simon Murray admits moving to South Africa was a risk, but the former Hibs striker believes it was an opportunity too good to turn down.

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Bidvest Wits pulled off what appeared to be a shock move to tempt Murray to Johannesburg, but today he revealed they’d been on his trail for more than a year.

As his contract with Dundee United came to an end last summer, Murray chose Easter Road over South Africa, but with Flo Kamberi and Jamie Maclaren again set to form Neil Lennon’s strikeforce following the free-scoring partnership they formed in the second half of last season as he departed on loan to Dundee, he once more found his career at a crossroads.

And when Bidwest had a £150,000 bid accepted by the Edinburgh club, Murray found such a challenge too good to resist for a second time.

Speaking for the first time since making the switch to the “Clever Boys”, Murray told the Evening News: “I’d always fancied playing abroad at some stage but while I probably thought that might be somewhere in Europe, this came out of the blue.

“I spoke to Neil Lennon and he said I could stay and fight for my place but I spoke to the owners of Bidvest. They told me all about the club and what they wanted to do and that excited me.

“I also had interest from Australia and, as we know, from other clubs in Scotland, but being wanted is a big thing in football and, yes, it was a risk but everyone takes different roads in life and, to be honest, I wouldn’t have wanted to have turned it down and then be wondering at the end of my career ‘what if?’

“Bidvest knew me, and when I was at United I had the opportunity to come to South Africa, but I chose Hibs which was also a great opportunity.”

In doing so the 26-year-old brought an end to the most turbulent six months of his football career which saw a bid from Turkey knocked back by Hibs only for him to be shipped out on loan to Dundee before returning only to find himself once again on the fringes of Lennon’s thinking.

He said: “It has been a bit of an upheaval when you look at it, but I firmly believes things happen for a reason.”

Murray is still settling into life in South Africa’s biggest city but, he insisted, he is not only enjoying the football – finding himself at a club which is currently at the top of a league they won for the first time in their history only two years ago – but a whole new way of life.

He said: “There’s only one team that was going to win the Premiership in Scotland for the past number of years and, if we are being realistic, in the near future it’s likely to be between only two clubs.

“Here every team has a chance of winning every game and I am with a club hoping to win the league. We’ve made a good start, joint top and I managed to get my first goal the other week which is always good for a striker joining a new club.”

Murray, however, has been forced to curb his natural all-action game thanks to the altitude of Johannesburg, some 1700 metres above sea level.

He said: “I haven’t actually started a game yet. I’m fit but the altitude makes it hard to breathe and so I’m being given time to acclimatise.

“I’m no expert on South African football but it’s more of a passing game here, not as physical in Scotland. If you tried to go all guns blazing here in Johannesburg you wouldn’t last 25 minutes because of the altitude.”

Murray has signed a four-year contract with Bidvest, known as the “Clever Boys” because of their close association with the University of Witwatersand in the Johannesburg suburb of Braamfontein.

And as someone who confesses to having a wanderlust, having previous visited the likes of Australia, the United States, Canada and a host of European countries, he’s determined to make the most of the travelling that will be entailed with the likes of Cape Town almost 800 miles away.

He said: “There’s quite a bit of travelling to be done, flying to Durban is probably like going to London but it is all part of the experience and when I get the chance I like to take a look around the various places we’ve been.

“Obviously, if I was playing in somewhere like Belgium or Holland it would be pretty easy to come home when international breaks give you that free weekend but that’s not really feasible when you are a 12 hour flight away.

“Instead, I get out and about, getting to know the city I am living in, there’s a lot of things to do. And when I get the chance I’ll probably get myself booked on a safari which, again, will be a new experience.

“I know people back home hear about things in South 
Africa that alarm them but like anywhere else you just have to be aware and as far as I am concerned I only have good things to say about the people and the country. It’s all been good and I’ve enjoyed it so far. It’s been amazing.

“As far as coming home is concerned, we have a break after our game on December 21 so I’ll be able to get back to catch up with family and friends for a week or so then.”

Having been brought up in Scottish football where club allegiances are polarised, Murray revealed he’s enjoying matches in South Africa, almost carnival-like occasions full of colour and music as clubs with all sorts of exotic names do battle.

He said: “There are some wonderful names, Amazulu, who I scored my goal against, Golden Arrows, Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaiser Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and so on.

“The Sundowns are owned by a very rich man so they try to get the best players but the Chiefs and the Pirates are the two biggest supported teams in the country and when they play they get a crowd of 80,000, they have fans all over South Africa, a bit like Celtic and Rangers back home.

“Like ourselves, the Chiefs and Pirates are in Johannesburg and fans throughout the country can’t afford to come here to see them play.

“So what you find is when you go to any ground there are lots of supporters wearing their tops, and those of other clubs and waving flags.

“No matter the size of stadium there’s a great atmosphere, 
music, singing, dancing and people blowing those 
vuvuzelas.”

As far away as he might be, Murray, who was preparing for the Wits home match with Polokwane City tonight when he hopes to make his first start for his new club, admitted that tomorrow he’ll be anxiously awaiting news of Hibs’ match with Dundee on Tayside, confessing that his allegiances will be tested.

The former Arbroath playersaid: “I know Dundee have not had a great start to the season and Hibs have done quite well. Dundee need to pick up points and sooner rather than later and while they are probably more important to Neil McCann at the moment, Hibs will also see a win as being vital.

“The longer Dundee sit with zero points the harder it will be for them, but to ask me to pick between the two clubs is a hard one because I enjoyed my time with both.”

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Dutch defender Miquel Nelom admitted Hibs were “even bigger than I thought” after sealing his move to Easter Road.

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The 27-year-old former Feyenoord left-back has signed a one-year deal with Neil Lennon’s side. Nelom, capped twice by the Netherlands, spent seven years with the Rotterdam club, playing 127 times. He played for Sparta Rotterdam on loan last season before becoming a free agent.

Nelom said: “It feels great. I am happy to be here and to have the opportunity to start at Hibernian.

“My first impression of the manager is that he is very enthusiastic. I also saw him as a player at Celtic and I know a bit about him as a manager. I’m sure he will be a good manager for me.

“I have been here a couple of days now and it’s been great. I have heard a few stories about Edinburgh, now that I am here I can see the city centre and the countryside. It looks good.

“The club is even bigger than I thought. The facilities and the stadium are all nice. I can’t wait to play on the pitch and show what I’ve got.”

Nelom will provide competition to Lewis Stevenson for the left-back position and goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s match at Dundee.

He becomes the ninth summer signing at Easter Road following the captures of Stevie Mallan, Florian Kamberi, Daryl Horgan and Mark Milligan, plus loan players Adam Bogdan, Emerson Hyndman, Thomas Agyepong and Jamie Maclaren.

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Hibs have completed the signing of Dutch defender Miquel Nelom.

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The left-back, 27, has signed on an initial one-year deal and has joined up with Neil Lennon’s squad ahead of Saturday’s Premiership trip to Dundee.

Nelom started his career with Excelsior before joining Feyenoord in 2011. He spent seven years with the Rotterdam club, playing 127 times. He played for Sparta Rotterdam on loan last season before becoming a free agent.

He won two international caps for the Netherlands during his spell at Feyenoord on the country’s tour of Asia in 2013, appearing against Indonesia and China.

The player had previously been linked with moves to several English Championship clubs but a move failed to materialise.

Nelom, who will wear the No.18 jersey for Hibs, will provide competition to Lewis Stevenson for the left-back position.

He becomes the ninth summer signing at Easter Road following the captures of Stevie Mallan, Florian Kamberi, Daryl Horgan and Mark Milligan, plus loan players Adam Bogdan, Emerson Hyndman, Thomas Agyepong and Jamie Maclaren.

Nelom said: “It feels great. I am happy to be here and to have the opportunity to start at Hibernian.

“My first impression of the manager is that he is very enthusiastic. I also saw him as a player at Celtic and I know a bit about him as a manager. I’m sure he will be a good manager for me.”

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Martin Boyle is in the frame for a call-up to the Australia national team and could join Hibs team mates Jamie Maclaren and Mark Milligan at a training camp in Dubai next month.

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Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold is understood to have visited East Mains recently, where he held talks with manager Neil Lennon.

The recently appointed Australia boss is keen to build a good working relationship with the Easter Road side after Milligan doubled the club’s Antipodean contingent this summer.

Maclaren and Milligan were both called up to a training camp in Turkey during the recent international break, but they could be joined by former Scotland Under-16 cap Boyle in future.

Arnold discussed Boyle’s eligibility during his visit to the Ormiston training complex, with the wideman open to declaring for Australia - the country of his father’s birth.

The Socceroos have a friendly double-header in November, against South Korea and Lebanon, and if all goes well Boyle could be included in the squad.

The 25-year-old, who recently became a father for the first time, said earlier this year that he would be keen to play for Australia.

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Despite being capped by Scotland at Under-16 level, Boyle said earlier this year: “Apparently I am eligible through my dad being born in Sydney and if anything came about I’d probably grasp it with both hands.

“If they were to know that I am eligible then, who knows, they might have a look at me.

“Obviously I wouldn’t be expecting to walk straight into an international squad, but as far as I am concerned, it’s a case of keeping performing for Hibs and see if anything comes of it.”

Revealing that he had grilled Maclaren, who was part of Australia’s World Cup squad, Boylea added: “I don’t know what the possibilities are, but I’m sure it’s something that could be sorted out if the situation were ever to arise.

“To play for any country would be a great honour and I still have family in Australia. Any international game would be a pleasure to play in.

“If both Scotland and Australia came up, I’d have to weigh it up and see what the best route is to go down, but it is all just a big if at the moment.

“For me I just want to play my football and enjoy it as I am at the moment. But if someone was to come chapping at the door, or I got a phone call, then I would take if from there.

“If the call were to come that would mean I am doing well for Hibs.”

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Since beginning the process of making the Hibs left-back berth his own under Alan Stubbs just more than four years ago, Lewis Stevenson has seen off several team-mates and rivals for his position.

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A stalwart figure for his club over the past decade, the 30-year-old has routinely blocked the way into the starting XI for deputy left-backs like Callum Booth, Adam Eckersley, Faycal Rherras and Callum Crane in each of the past four seasons. Remarkably, Eckersley, Rherras and Crane were able to amass only two substitute appearances between them before moving on. Similarly, Sean Mackie, the club’s highly-regarded 19-year-old left-back, has been unable to add to his game time since being given a two-minute debut cameo at home to Raith Rovers 17 months ago.

Aside from a brief period early last season when Stevenson was replaced for three consecutive games by Steven Whittaker after a slack day at the office in a home defeat by Hamilton Accies, no-one has come close to ousting him from a position he has occupied almost exclusively since Ryan McGivern vacated the building after the club’s relegation in 2014.

Following that rare three-game run on the sidelines, Stevenson was restored for the 3-2 League Cup quarter-final win at home Livingston a year ago this week, and has remained there ever since, starting every one of Hibs’ last 47 competitive matches. As left-back, or left-wing-back as has been the case for much of the past few years, the one-club man has become something of an immovable object with all his.

His staying power is about to face a fresh and perhaps more daunting test, however, in the shape of Miquel Nelom. The 27-year-old free agent, inset, is expected to be confirmed today as Hibs’ latest signing and he checks in boasting a CV that marks him out as something of a coup for the club. He has spent the past seven years with Dutch heavyweights Feyenoord, accumulating more than 150 appearances for the Rotterdam club, the majority of which came as a starter.

Although it would be stretching a point to suggest he was a mainstay for Feyenoord, he did start 12 matches and appeared in another five as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team won the Eredivisie two seasons ago for the first time in 18 years. Last September, Nelom started for Feyenoord in a 4-0 defeat at home by Manchester City in their opening game of the Champions League group stage. He was an unused substitute for the remainder of their European games and gradually became a more peripheral figure before being loaned to city rivals Sparta for the second half of last season.

Five years ago, Nelom won two caps for the Netherlands in friendly matches. Still in his prime age-wise, he is clearly a couple of notches up in pedigree compared to the likes of Eckersley and Rherras. The fact he boasts 80,000 twitter followers – 5000 more than his new club’s official account – gives further indication of his status in his homeland.

Recruited as both competition and cover for Stevenson, Hibs stand to benefit however Nelom’s arrival plays out. If it transpires that Stevenson is still the first-choice left-back by the end of the season, then it will probably mean he has kept his game at a high standard, stayed injury-free (as he always tends to do) and proven himself a better option than the incoming Dutchman. Similarly, if Nelom takes possession of the left-back slot in the coming months, then it will be because he has shown himself to be an upgrade on a man who has performed impressively throughout his team’s post-relegation resurgence.

In bidding to see off his latest challenger, Stevenson can take heart from the exploits of captain David Gray. Just over a year ago, the long-standing right-back encountered fresh competition for his position when Lennon recruited Whittaker on a three-year contract. Although the last campaign became a frustrating one for Gray as he had to battle with Whittaker and Martin Boyle for a starting place before being struck down by injury, he has responded in determined fashion and restored his claims to the right-back berth by starting this season as one of his team’s strongest performers.

There is similar competition for places in most other areas of the squad. At centre-back, for instance, the established trio of Efe Ambrose, Paul Hanlon and Darren McGregor are no longer guaranteed starters with the burgeoning Ryan Porteous making his presence felt. Similarly, Ofir Marciano, the No.1 of the past two seasons, will have to find a way past on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

While Stevenson has not ever let him down over the past two years, Lennon clearly wants a similarly intense battle for places developing in the left-back area. While Stevenson will understandably be wary of this new threat to his position, he has been around senior football long enough to understand the reasoning behind such a squad-bolstering move.

If past evidence is anything to go by, chances are he will rise to the challenge.

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Hibs are set to be bolstered by the return of Paul Hanlon and Marvin Bartley for Saturday’s Premiership match away to Dundee as their early-season injury problems continue to dissipate.

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Hanlon missed last weekend’s 3-2 win over Kilmarnock with a minor hamstring problem but is back in contention for the trip to Dens Park. The influential centre-back is expected to be joined in the travelling party by midfielder Bartley, who has missed the last four games since suffering a hamstring injury of his own in the 3-0 Europa League defeat away to Molde five weeks ago.

The return of the key duo serves as a fresh boost to manager Neil Lennon after he welcomed David Gray, Florian Kamberi and Darren McGregor back into the squad for the Kilmarnock match last Saturday following their respective injury lay-offs.

Bartley will compete with Steven Whittaker, who has started the last three games in his absence, and new recruit Mark Milligan, who made his debut as a substitute last weekend, for a place in the starting XI on Saturday.

It remains to be seen if both Hanlon and McGregor, who was an unused sub last weekend, will start against Dundee after Ryan Porteous and Efe Ambrose paired up in central defence to help secure a vital three points against Killie.

Ofir Marciano is also closing in on a return following a lengthy lay-off with a finger issue but the goalkeeper is unlikely to be rushed back into the squad this weekend.

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Former Hibs Ladies winger Lizzie Arnot isn’t one to dwell on the past. Given it’s little more than 18 months since her promising football career was left in tatters, the 22-year-old is living proof that good things come to those who wait.

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A ruptured ACL during a training session in March 2017 not only brought her SWPL 1 season to an abrupt end, the opportunity to pull on a Scotland jersey at the European Championships in the Netherlands also went out like a light.

Arnot is very much living for the now, though.

“I have moved on from last year so I’ve just had to look forward and focus on what I can be involved in,” she explained.

And boy has she been involved. As if a life-changing move to newly-formed FA Women’s Championship outfit Manchester United in the summer wasn’t enough, Arnot also played an instrumental part in helping the women’s national team qualify for their first-ever World Cup finals just over a fortnight ago.

There was a time – not so long ago – that she couldn’t have envisaged the fortunate position she now finds herself in. And the former Hutchison Vale player’s fairytale continued when she scored the only goal as United defeated 
Liverpool in the FA WSL Cup last month.

“It was great to score but the most important thing was that we won,” said the modest 
Arnot when asked about opening her account for her new club. “I don’t want to get caught up in all the hype but it was a brilliant day for everyone to get that first win.”

The Scotland cap admits the decision to make the move south of the border – alongside her Hibs team-mate Kirsty Smith – was an opportunity they had to grasp with both hands. She spent six years with the Hibees making 136 appearances and scoring 89 goals.

And the Manchester United connection includes Willie Kirk, assistant coach with the Red Devils and a former Hibs Ladies head coach.

“Hibs were a massive part of my development and my life really, but I always knew if that if I wanted to play professional then I’d have to move elsewhere,” she explained. “So, to be given the chance to sign for Manchester United is a dream really. It was a no-brainer to be honest, I couldn’t let it go by me and I think that was the same for Kirsty.

“But I had a great time at Hibs, winning back-to-back Scottish and League Cups. I would have loved to have won the league with them but hopefully they can go on and win it this year.

“I’ve loved every second down here so far. We’re very busy which is good. I haven’t had much chance to explore Manchester yet but in terms of training it’s been great. When it comes to social media and promoting the team, it’s been absolutely massive. It’s really opened my eyes a lot. It’s things I’d never imagined I would be a part of.”

More than 4,500 fans turned up at Leigh Sports Village for United’s first home game, a 2-0 defeat by Reading. But despite the disappointing result the team bounced back the following week with an emphatic 12-0 victory over Aston Villa.

And Arnot revealed it was overwhelming to step out in front of such vast numbers.

“It was great we had so many turn out that day so hopefully the fans continue to come along and support the team.

“I think the closest I’ve come to playing in front of a crowd like that was at Easter Road against Bayern Munich in the Champions League a couple of years ago.”

And although the countdown is now on to the World Cup in France next summer, Arnot, understandably, isn’t taking anything for granted.

“It’s a massive achievement to qualify and was just amazing to play my part,” she said. “But there’s still competition for places so I’ve just got to work hard, improve and give myself the best opportunity to be named in the squad.”

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We've collected some of the best responses to the new strip...

Bill Campbell wrote: “Knew there was one coming as we can’t wear either the first or second kit at Parkhead. Not a fan of luminous colours though.”

Riccardo Macleod suggested: “Could we not just play Celtic wearing the goalkeeper tops instead of having the same colour first, second and third kits?”

Jason Young added: “Nice, I’d like to see a green and purple stripe effort next time though.”

Peter Sutherland admitted: “Not one for tops at 56… but very smart for our younger fans.”

Mark Austin stated: “Replica shirts. Up there with the crimes against humanity.”

Malky Thin said: “What is it with yellow tops? Is there nobody thinking ‘Ken what, we’ve done that afore’. Minging!”

Davie Lawrie added: “Why do they need a third top? Oh yeah, it’s just coming up for Christmas.”

Jimmy Simpson wrote: “Looks more like a training kit but smart all the same.”

James Alexander suggested: “Great for cyclists.”

Colin Barr enthused: “Fantastic looking strip.”

Kevin Leslie offered: “It’s horrific.”

Brian Millar joked: “Perfect if you’re working as a lollipop man.”

Jack Calder said: “That’s a nice kit, love it.”

Ronnie Moss claimed: “No need - just greed.”

Last word to Andy Gibson who wrote: “Need shades, and not just for the sunshine on Leith.”

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Hibs have unveiled a striking new neon yellow third kit.

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The change strip comprises a neon yellow shirt, shorts and socks with a thick black stripe down both sleeves.

The kit will likely be worn during fixtures against Celtic at Parkhead, with the Easter Road side’s white away kit clashing with the Hoops’ home strip.

Neil Lennon’s men wore a similar away kit - neon yellow shirt, black shorts and neon yellow socks - as they won the Scottish Championship title in 2017, while yellow strips have featured prominently in the last 30 years.

A yellow third kit was worn during the 2012/13 season while the 2008/09 away kit was predominantly yellow with a green side panel and sleeve.

During the 2003/04 season, a yellow away kit with green piping was worn with green shorts and green socks as Hibs defeated Celtic 3-1 in Glasgow.

And in the late Nineties, a fluorescent yellow away kit with more than a passing resemblance to Borussia Dortmund was worn for some fixtures.

The strip is available to order online now, and available in-store from Friday at 10am.

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The imminent arrival of Dutch defender Miquel Nelom means Neil Lennon’s Hibs squad now boasts an unprecedented 12 full internationalists.

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The Easter Road outfit have cast their net far and wide, those players pulling on the colours of no fewer than ten different nations, ranging from Australia to the United States, from Holland to Hungary.

Nelom has been snapped up as a free agent having played close on 200 games for Excelsior, Feyenoord and Sparta Rotterdam, winning two caps against Indonesia and China and playing in the Champions League against Manchester City last season, a CV which had brought the 27-year-old to the attention of English Championship clubs Birmingham, Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton Wanders in recent months.

Nelom underwent a medical at the Capital club’s East Mains training centre on Monday and as a left-back he will be seen as competition for Hibs’ longest serving player Lewis Stevenson, who has been virtually unchallenged in that position in clocking up more than 400 appearances in a green-and-white shirt.

And in Hibs’ own “League of Nations”, as Lennon’s ninth signing of the summer, he joins players who have represented Israel, Hungary, Australia, Nigeria, Lithuania, the Republic of Ireland, the United States, Ghana and, of course, Scotland.

Having such an array of international talent is, however, more of a coincidence than design although George Craig, Hibs’ head of football operations, insisted it showed the Capital club’s drive for quality over quantity with Lennon still operating with a tight squad of 20 outfield players plus four goalkeepers, Marciano’s lengthy recovery from a close season finger operation prompting the signing on loan of Hungarian Adam Bogdan from Liverpool.

Craig also revealed capturing players such as Nelom, veteran Australian midfielder Mark Milligan, Ireland’s Daryl Horgan and American Emerson Hyndman, on loan from Bournemouth, was the result of Hibs’ never-ending quest to unearth fresh talent.

“Having 12 full internationalists isn’t bad, is it?” he said. “But I would be lying to say it was a particular strategy.

“If you were to pass the room next to mine at East Mains it looks a bit like a sweat shop with all these guys hunched over laptops. But that’s them scanning every league, looking to see who is available, who is out of contract and who is worth putting in front of the manager.”

Unsurprisingly, Lennon has exacting standards given his record at Celtic, where one-time Hibs scout John Park brought the likes of Virgil Van Dyjk, Victor Wanyama and Fraser Foster to his attention.

Like most other Scottish clubs, Hibs can’t match the spending power of the Glasgow outfit but, said Craig, it doesn’t stop them looking to unearth those hidden gems.

He said: “It’s nice when you find someone who has a track record of having played for their country at some point – and all of these guys aren’t current internationalists – although a good few are.

“And it’s an indication of how we are looking to recruit quality over quantity.”

Hib’s summer recruitment campaign has been something of a studied affair, supporters fretting early on at the apparent lack of activity as they saw the key midfield partnership of John McGinn and Dylan McGeouch depart for Aston Villa and Sunderland respectively, while winger Brandon Barker returned to Manchester City on the expiry of his loan deal.

Strikers Flo Kamberi and Jamie Maclaren also headed for the exit door only to return, the Swiss hitman on a three-year deal and his fellow Australian frontman on a season-long loan from German outfit Darmstadt. Stevie Mallan, Horgan, Hyndman, Bogdan, Milligan, Ghana cap Thomas Agyepong – again on loan from Manchester City – and now Nelom are in place, although Lennon still feels his new-look side remain “a work in progress”, that process having been hampered in recent weeks by injuries to Darren McGregor, Marvin Bartley and Kamberi in addition to Marciano’s longer term absence.

Arguing that “any squad would be weakened” by such losses, Craig also said that a balance also needed to be struck in showing the club’s talented youngsters that there was a pathway to first team football.

In the absence of McGregor, Ryan Porteous has been a stand-out figure in central defence, while his fellow Scotland Under-21 cap Oli Shaw has also been a regular in Lennon’s matchday squad, the striker having already notched three goals.

Others such as Fraser Murray, Sean Mackie, Jamie Gullan and Lewis Allan have also been in and around Lennon’s squad, Craig adamant such involvement not only gives them encouragement but others even younger than them.

He said: “We don’t want hundreds of players, there’s no point in having an academy if there isn’t a pathway to the first team for the young lads.

“We’ve now got 20 outfield players with Ryan, Oli and Fraser included in that number, while there’s also Lewis, Sean and Jamie if needed.”

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Hibs boss Neil Lennon is hoping to see his side begin to build momentum as they prepare to face the Premiership’s bottom three clubs, starting with this weekend’s trip to face basement outfit Dundee at Dens Park.

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The Easter Road club have made a stuttering start to the new season, a win against Motherwell on the opening day followed by draws with St Johnstone and Aberdeen before the disappointment of being defeated by Livingston.

However, Lennon’s players bounced back by beating Kilmarnock and, with Dundee, St Mirren and Hamilton next up before the second international break of the season, the head coach feels it’s a chance for his new-look squad to begin to find a “good rhythm”.

He said: “It’s been a bit stop, start with Europe, the transfer window and then the international break but hopefully we’ll settle down.”

Lennon, who hopes to complete the signing of Dutch defender Miquel Nelom today, has not only had to contend with rebuilding his squad, the 27-year-old former Feyenoord player due to become the ninth arrival in recent weeks, but with injuries to key players such as Florian Kamberi, Darren McGregor, Marvin Bartley and Ofir Marciano.

Kamberi returned to claim the winning goal via the penalty spot against Killie with McGregor on the bench, while Bartley is poised to be part of Lennon’s plans for the trip to Tayside. Veteran Australian midfielder Mark Milligan was given an 18 minute run-out last weekend. Lennon said: “Mark has been very impressive in training. He’d been with an Australian training camp. But you can’t just throw them in – that was his first competitive outing since the World Cup. Last weekend was too soon for Marvin but hopefully he’ll be around this weekend and with Darren again available we are getting some bodies back which is very pleasing.”

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