Hibs boss Neil Lennon has revealed he’s looking to make two further signings after midfielder Andrew Shinnie became this summer’s fourth new arrival at Easter Road.
Shinnie, who agreed a season-long loan deal from English Championship side Birmingham City, will go straight into Lennon’s squad for tomorrow’s match against St Mirren in Paisley, but Ofir Marciano will again be missing as the Israeli international goalkeeper navigates the neccessary immigration paperwork.
And, also out as Hibs attempt to win their opening three league matches for the first time in 42 years, will be centre half Liam Fontaine, who picked up a calf injury in training and will undergo a scan to determine the extent of the problem. Fraser Fyvie has returned to training after a lengthy absence as he’s undergone a course of injections to cure his medial ligament injury. He won’t be involved tomorrow but Lennon is hoping striker James Keatings, who rolled his ankle in training, will be fit.
Lennon said: “We’re doing all right in terms of injury, but losing Liam is a bit of a blow because he’s been playing quite well.”
Delighted to have seen his players beat Falkirk and Dunfermline to take maximum points, Lennon insisted the chance to make it three and match the start of 1974 should be all the motivation his players need tomorrow.
He said: “We hadn’t won the cup for 114 years, so there is something in the air, obviously. It’s a great motivation, but that’s there anyway.
“Alex Rae will have St Mirren really motivated for the game. He’s done a fine job. He’s really organised and motivated the club.
“I thought they were unlucky last week, they could have scored more goals against Raith, particularly early on. So, knowing Alex as I do, he will have his team not only really organised, but really competitive. It won’t be easy. They’re a tough nut to crack.”
Although he admitted he hasn’t done a lot of business in the transfer market thus far, Lennon insisted he wasn’t keen on doing too much in the first place, revealing: “I didn’t think there was a lot wrong with the squad anyway.
“We are just looking at maybe two more positions. As a manager, you are always looking for more. But there is a thing called a budget I have to work within. So we need to do that.”