Hibs can't afford any mistakes in squad rebuild - past signings rated

Big hits and horrible misses from chaotic five-year stretch

How do Hibs get themselves in a position to challenge for even the minor European places next season? Well, with apologies for cracking the obvious gag, you certainly wouldn’t start from here …

On a serious note, there are good reasons for Hibs fans to feel both excited and just a little terrified by the coming close season. Even if the potential arrival of a new technical director might generate a bit of energy around East Mains.

Because, sure, appointing the right person in the right place – nobody gets to pick the perfect moment in football, so forget about the third element of that mythical trifecta – would represent a start. But any in-depth study of how Hibs have worked the market over the past five years, under five different managers, is guaranteed to create some concerns.

They need a repeat of their greatest hits. Like landing Kevin Nisbet, a future Scotland international who would also turn a tidy profit when sold on. And they’ll need two or three deals of that calibre even to make a top-six finish any sort of certainty. Which means the people making the decisions need to be clear in their goals, clever in their dealings – and completely certain about every decision they make.

Regardless of how many voices participate in the initial filtering process, Hibs cannot afford to make more than one or two mistakes in an extremely busy transfer window. So let’s take a look at their track record, examining some of the hits, misses, slow burners and surprise packages to pitch up at Easter Road since the summer of 2019.

Loan deals are excluded unless they led to ‘permanent’ moves. And we’ve decided to ignore some of the ‘development signings’ made more as punts on potential, than genuine attempts to strengthen the first team. Which leaves us with a selection including:

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