Hibs manager Alan Stubbs admits he would be keen to recruit Dylan McGeouch on a permanent basis if the midfielder was to become available in the summer.
The 22-year-old has established himself in the starting XI since moving to Easter on a season-long loan from Celtic last August.
McGeouch’s contract at Parkhead expires this summer and, having struggled to get game time at Celtic in recent seasons, there is little to suggest that he will be handed a new deal by his parent club. Stubbs confirmed that he will be monitoring the situation with interest.
“It’s still early days with Dylan. He’s still contracted to Celtic, so we have to be very respectful of that,” Stubbs told the Evening News. “I’m interested in all good players and Dylan certainly comes into that category. He’s been great for us, so we’ll just have to see how that situation progresses.”
In the more immediate term, Stubbs is hopeful that he can sign at least one new face in the week ahead. The head coach has already stated that he is particularly keen to add a goalkeeper and a defender to his squad this month, although he insisted he would only be delving into the transfer market to sign players who are equipped to go straight into the starting XI if required.
“We’ve got one or two irons in the fire that may come to something, but even though we’d like to bring in someone for extra cover, I wouldn’t be too worried if we don’t manage to do anything,” he said. “We’re exploring different possibilities.
“This window’s not necessarily a good one to bring players in. It’s probably better for bringing in fringe players, but that’s not what I really want to do. I want to bring in boys who are as good or better than what we already have. I won’t be bringing in someone just to fill the squad. Everyone’s got to be pushing for a starting place.”
Stubbs doesn’t envisage many departures from Easter Road before the transfer window closes on Tuesday week. “As things stand, no player has spoken to me about leaving,” said the head coach. “Potentially one or two may still move before the window closes but at this moment, nothing has been brought to my attention on that front.”
Hibs yesterday announced that development squad players Scott Martin, 17, and Callum Crane, 18, have signed new contracts keeping them at Easter Road until the summer of 2018. Stubbs admits some of the club’s under-20s may be farmed out on loan.
“We’ve had a bit of interest from a few clubs on three or four of our development boys, but as of yet no decision has been made on any of them,” he said.