Ten January signings who made an impact - one way or another - at Hibs

From flashes in the pan to cast-iron legends, we pick through a decade of mid-season acquisitions at Easter Road

It’s a market fraught with danger but laden with potential. An environment where one of poker’s golden rules – if you look around the table and you can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you – most definitely applies.

It says everything about the innate optimism of football fans, however, that the cold, cruel, barren month of January can be enlivened by the merest whisper of a new arrival from some random club in a country that most couldn’t locate with GPS. If every Hibs supporter ever to belt out a Proclaimers song could rhyme off a dozen dud acquisitions who arrived amid fanfare and false promises, hope springs infernal.

They’re not necessarily looking for Mr Right. Just Mr Right Now. A player who can drag them up the table, inject a bit of enthusiasm into the atmosphere at Easter Road, tip the balance in those tight games currently ending in draws or damning defeats. Not much to ask, is it?

You’ll all have your own memories – fond and not so fond – of mid-season signings who made some sort of impact. Here, we look at some of the most interesting characters to have pitched up at Easter Road over the past ten years:

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