Martin Boyle: Hibs boss Shaun Maloney expects movement soon but remains tight-lipped on Demetri Mitchell link

Shaun Maloney expects there to be movement on Martin Boyle’s situation “in the next 24-48 hours”, with the Hibs winger linked with a move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Faisaly.

By Patrick McPartlin
Thursday, 20th January 2022, 11:26 pm
Updated Friday, 21st January 2022, 12:26 am

The 28-year-old has been the subject of two bids from the Middle Eastern side and a third, improved offer was received by Hibs ahead of the Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against Cove Rangers.

Boyle was left out of the squad and watched the game from the stand, but appears to have played his last game in green and white.

Speaking afterwards Maloney said: “I was always aware this could happen but in terms of Martin as a person he's been great to deal with.

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Shaun Maloney spoke about Martin Boyle's situation after the 1-0 win against Cove Rangers

"We've been really clear with what the situation could be; it ended up changing a little bit before the game and I think we could know more in the next 24-48 hours.

“In these games players like Martin make a difference, and he was missed tonight.”

Admitting that, in the event of Boyle’s departure, Hibs would face an uphill battle to source a like-for-like replacement, the Hibs boss added: “Players like Martin are hard to find – that's why he's been one of the best players in the league in his position.

“But we can't not replace him. Even at times against Cove, we had some good play but if we had a player with Martin's attributes then it could change a really long possession into a big chance.”

However, Maloney played down talk linking Hibs with a move for former Hearts loanee Demetri Mitchell, adding: “He's still a Blackpool player so I wouldn't want to speak about that just yet.”

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