HIBS have opened talks with Martin Boyle over extending the Australian Internationalist’s contract. In Kris Commons’ Daily Mail column, he tipped Celtic to swoop in and buy the winger this summer as he has just a year remaining in the Scottish capital under his current terms.
Jack Ross told The Daily Record that they were going to put an offer in front of the 27-year-old to entice him into staying at the club.
“So it’s good we are in the process of doing that. How it will unfold I obviously couldn’t say, but I think it’s important we do our best to offer him the best possible deal we can.
“The advantage we have is he very much enjoys it here, that’s a good starting point.
“He’s at a critical stage of his career, he has important decisions to make.
“But it’s nice we’re in a situation where we are having those discussions.”
The Scottish Sun reported that Boyle was watched by Celtic in January but the £1.5m figure that Jack Ross put on his head appeared too much for the club hierarchy to sanction a move.
Celtic could yet make a move for Boyle as they look to strengthen in the wide areas. Lennon was manager to Boyle during his time at Easter Road and played him as a right-wingback, right winger and striker – the player fits into the type of versatility that the club lost when Jonny Hayes left.
Neil Lennon will of course know what he can get from Boyle, Hammond and co watching Boyle highlights that Celtic are being cautious with their scouting before committing to a deal. If they have been watching recently, they will know that they could have a serious player on their hands for a steal owing to his contract situation