According to several reports today, Celtic have, or are about to, offer Hibs cash plus ex striker Leigh Griffiths for Kevin Nisbet.
The news seems to have started with PLZ reporter Peter Martin who has claimed the Glasgow side are keen to land Nisbet during this window.
Hibs have already turned down an offer of £3m from Birmingham City in January, but with Nisbet having now made his international debut, scored at international level, played at Euro 2020 and now played in European competition, his value HAS to have gone up now.
Griffiths was set to leave Celtic on a free during the summer, but the club took up the option in his deal to tie him down to another contract.
However, more off-field problems since, involving sending alleged inappropriate messages to girls over social media (from which there was a police investigation and NO criminality found) have seen him fall out of the picture again at Celtic.
It's also not clear how much money is involved.
This one seems to have split the Hibs support a bit.
It would be dissapointing to lose Nisbet, but a huge fee for the club, which we could partly re-invest in the team, may tempt us to sell.
Obviously the elephant in the room is the Griffiths situation.
We don't know the whole story involving the social media stuff, so we will be staying away from that, but it HAS put a lot of Hibs fans off a return for a former idol at Easter Road.
There is no doubt a fully fit, firing on all cylinders, Leigh Griffiths would be a fantastic signing, but as well as the off-field stuff, he has hardly played lately and will likely be unfit.
For us, it's a huge gamble for the club to take, when we are in such a strong position just now.
In the past Griffiths plus big money would have been an ideal offer - now? not so much.
In Nisbet, Hibs have a fantastic striker, on form and he will be wanted.
If Celtic really are keen, Hibs should be looking for straight cash for the former Raith forward, and in our opinion the club shouldn't entertain bids under £5m.
Hibs are in a rock steady financial position and don't need to sell.
The club should also remember the famous alleged qoute of "Do Hibs no more favours" that came out of Parkhead after we had signed Scott Allan on a pre-contract and wanted him early, when he was NOWHERE near the Celtic first-team squad, and they flatly refused to let him leave.
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