What is Kevin Nisbet now worth to Hibs after first Scotland goal and Euro 2020 appearances?

When Kevin Nisbet came off the bench at Wembley on Friday he became the first Hibs player to represent Scotland against England since 1986.

Monday, 21st June 2021, 4:55 am
Kevin Nisbet in action for Scotland during the Euro 2020 match against Czech Republic at Hampden. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Kevin Nisbet in action for Scotland during the Euro 2020 match against Czech Republic at Hampden. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Not since Alan Rough kept goal in a 2-1 defeat in the Rous Cup – a short-lived competition in the 1980s contested between England, Scotland and, in later years, a guest team from South America, has an Easter Road player taken to the field against the Auld Enemy.

Leigh Griffiths managed a substitute appearance in the 3-2 friendly defeat in August 2013 having spent the previous two seasons on loan at Hibs but by then he had returned to parent club Wolves.

For Nisbet, the final five minutes of the goalless draw at Wembley represented his fifth cap for Scotland, and his second in a major finals following his introduction off the bench against Czech Republic in the Euro 2020 opener, having scored his first goal for his country in a tournament warm-up fixture against the Netherlands.

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His international breakthrough, on the back of a debut season at Hibs that saw him net 18 times, following similarly impressive scoring campaigns at Dunfermline and Raith Rovers, has seen the 23-year-old’s stock rise further.

Having rejected a £3m bid from Birmingham City in the January transfer window, with Celtic and Brentford also credited with interest, the question now is what offer will tempt Hibs into selling their prize asset in the current transfer window.

A value closer to the £4.4m record transfer fee recouped for the sale of Scott Brown to Celtic in 2007 could be required as Hibs look for maximum return on a player who still has three years left on his current contract.

Speaking last month about the prospect of selling players this summer, Hibs owner Ron Gordon said only big offers would be considered.

"We don't have to sell anybody, the club is in a good position to retain everybody,” he said.

"Now, if a good opportunity presents itself for the club to make a transaction, excellent, if it is a good transaction for the player, excellent, and if the value is good and we have a plan for how we are going to replace that player or fill the void. Only then would we consider it.”

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