Hibs linked with move for Preston striker Connor Simpson

Last updated : 01 September 2019 By Steve Forbes

Hibs have today been linked with a move for Preston North End striker Connor Simpson.

According to TeamTalk, Hibs will fight it out with Hearts and a number of English sides for the 19-year-old.

Simpson would likely join on a loan deal until the end of the season, as under pressure Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom attempts to halt an alarming start to the season for the club.

The Hibees were hammered 3-0, and it could have been more, by Motherwell at Fir Park on Saturday, and it follows on from poor display's against St Johnstone and St Mirren, as well as a 6-1 thumping from Rangers at Ibrox.

Supporters were calling for the managers head during and after the game, and it would take an almighty turn-around for him to get the fans back onside.

Hibs still look powderpuff in midfield after losing the Marvin Bartley and Mark Milligan in the summer, and they have failed to replace either.

They also have big injury problems in defence, with Gray, Mcgregor and new boy James all facing lengthy spells on the sidelines and Ryan Porteous and Lewis Stevenson still trying to gain full fitness after both missed pre-season.

Simpson's arrival could also signal a loan spell out for young Hibs striker Oli Shaw, who has asked to go out due to lack of game time.

6ft 5in Simpson started his career with Hartlepool before a £50,000 move to Deepdale. He spent last season on loan with Carlisle and has had previous loan spells with Hyde and Lancaster.

Editor's View:

Hibs are crying out for a penalty box predator - a 6ft 5in 19-year-old doesn't seem to fit the bill.

If the manager and club want to get fans back onside, they need to make a statement singing or two.

Sadly, despite a rich new owner, it doesn't seem like there is one forthcoming.

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