David Gray speaks on James Scott future and hails 'unsung' Hibs player

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Hibs interim boss David Gray was full of praise for striker James Scott, who netted a hat-trick in the season-ending 4-0 victory over St Johnstone on Saturday.

The on-loan Hull City forward has endured a difficult campaign on a personal level but provided four goals and an assist in his final three games as he scored against Dundee at Dens Park on Tuesday night and teed up Paul McGinn for the equaliser against Aberdeen last weekend.

Scott’s future remains uncertain, with the Tigers under new management and ownership, but Gray wouldn’t be drawn on whether the 21-year-old might end up back at Easter Road.

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“That’s a question for the new manager,” the caretaker manager said.

"It’s great he got his goals, I thought he played well on Tuesday night as well.

“Credit to him, to get a hat-trick is great for him. He will say himself he’s had a frustrating season and not played as much as he would have liked.

“Whether he is here next season will be between him, the club and the new manager.”

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Gray was also effusive in his praise for McGinn. The defender opened the scoring and registered an assist for Scott’s first strike.

James Scott celebrates scoring for Hibs against St JohnstoneJames Scott celebrates scoring for Hibs against St Johnstone
James Scott celebrates scoring for Hibs against St Johnstone

“Paul has a habit of scoring,” Gray said of the 31-year-old.

"When he’s in the opposition box he wants to get himself in these positions.

“He has scored a couple of goals which is great. Paul has been a very steady player since he came to the club.

"An unsung hero – one of those players you need in the dressing room. He works incredibly hard and everything he gets out the game he fully deserves.”

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