Hibs goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw is to hold talks with manager Neil Lennon in January as he seeks answers about his Easter Road future.
The 26-year-old has made just three appearances this season, having fallen to third in the pecking order behind Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, who joined on a season-long loan during the summer, and last year’s No.1 Ofir Marciano, who is contracted until 2021.
Laidlaw suffered a lengthy spell on the sidelines last season, prompting the Capital club to bring in Scott Bain on loan - before the three-way switch that saw the Dundee ‘keeper head to Celtic, on-loan Hoops midfielder Scott Allan swap Dens Park for Hibs and Simon Murray go in the opposite direction - and Cammy Bell on a short-term deal.
However, despite a return to full fitness in time for the start of the 2018/19 campaign, the former Raith Rovers ‘keeper has been limited to appearances in the 0-0 draw with Molde at Easter Road in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers; the 1-1 Ladbrokes Premiership draw with St Johnstone and the 3-2 Betfred Cup second-round win over Ross County, all in August.
And now the former Elgin City stopper admits he may have to look for a move away from Hibs next month in his search for regular first-team football.
Laidlaw, who is currently recovering from a thigh tear, admitted the arrival of Bogdan - and his own injury setbacks - hadn’t been ideal.
He said: “It’s hard to say exactly what will happen but I will speak to the gaffer in January and assess my options then. A lot depends on what happens with Ofir and Adam.
“I have a good relationship with [Lennon] but he knows I am the type who wants to play.
“He knows I’m not happy picking up a wage for sitting about not doing anything, and that’s what it feels like at the moment.”
Revealing that he had told the club he felt he was at a stage in his career where he should be contributing, Laidlaw added: “Sitting on the bench waiting for a chance is a young man’s game. “I think I’ve proved I can play in the Premiership and I just want the chance to do that.”