Any Celtic fan that watched the recent Hibernian vs Hearts Scottish Cup to see how reported Hoops transfer target Kevin Nisbet fared in the game wouldn’t have been that impressed with the Easter Road striker, as he didn’t have much of an impact on the game.
However, one player who did perform well in the game, and who is out of contract at the end of the season, is Hearts winger Josh Ginnelly. The Englishman scored the opening goal in the 3-0 win for the Tynecastle club, and he is enjoying a good season for the third placed side in the Scottish Premiership.
As we know, Celtic have only bought one player from a Scottish side during Ange Postecoglou’s time as manager, and technically the player – Ben Siegrist – had left Dundee United when his contract expired to join the Hoops on a free transfer.
Could Ginnelly possibly be the second player to join the Hoops after their contract expires from a Scottish Premiership team? Many fans will no doubt feel that the player isn’t good enough for the Hoops, after all, Celtic are 23 points ahead of Hearts in the league. However, the player is doing well for a Hearts side that are in good form at the moment.
So far this season, he has scored six goals and contributed three assists, and you have to think that number would increase if he joined the Hoops. Perhaps an issue would be that the player would likely be a squad player at best for the Bhoys, and maybe Celtic are needing players who are going to be first-team regulars when it comes to new signings for the Hoops going forward.
Still, if Celtic are looking to sign players that feature in the Scottish Premiership, then it wouldn’t be a Hibernian player that you would look to sign judging on their collective performance in the Scottish Cup tie against Hearts, a match they had to win to keep their season alive, and they slumped to a convincing defeat.
Kevin Nisbet has performed well this season when he has been fit for Hibernian, but he was quiet in the Edinburgh derby, indeed Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland outperformed him on the day, and he looks to be the better player of the two.
Celtic might not be looking to sign a striker from another Scottish side, but if they are looking to sign a player in another position from a Scottish team, then Ginnelly could be one that the Hoops may be considering.