Oli Shaw a target for Ross County - but any move depends on Hibs bringing in striker

Striker scored twice in friendly win over Willem II but is eyeing more first-team opportunities

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 9:25 am
Oli Shaw is wanted by Ross County

Ross County are keen on taking Hibs striker Oli Shaw on loan for the remainder of the season - but any potential move hinges on the Easter Road side bringing in another forward.

Shaw, who is contracted to the Capital club until summer 2021, netted a brace in last week's friendly win against Dutch side Willem II in Spain but is understood to be keen on getting more first-team opportunities, having played just 140 minutes of senior football this term.

According to the Daily Record, Kilmarnock are still keen on the Scotland Under-21 striker having been linked with a move in the summer along with St Johnstone, but the Staggies are pushing for a deal with experienced hitman Brian Graham expected to join Championship side Partick Thistle and leading goalscorer Ross Stewart facing up to six weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

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Shaw has struck 12 goals and laid on four for his team-mates in 65 appearances for Hibs, but found it hard to dislodge Christian Doidge and Florian Kamberi in the starting line-up under current boss Jack Ross and predecessor Paul Heckingbottom.

Ross said last week: "There are people interested in taking [Shaw] on loan, but we don’t have a huge amount of strikers at the club.

"We have only really got Florian and Christian as senior strikers. We need to be careful with that, but equally we need to make sure Oli continues to develop."

Shaw's development squad team-mate Jamie Gullan is due back from his own loan spell with League One side Raith Rovers but is seen as more of a wide player rather than an out-and-out centre-forward.

Former loan striker Marc McNulty, who played under Ross at Sunderland, was loosely linked with a return but the Scotland cap is wanted by English League Two side Swindon Town - ironically to replace another former Hibs striker in Eoin Doyle, who has been recalled from his loan spell with the Robins by parent club Bradford City.