Hibs pair Stanton & Handling not in Lennon's Plans

Hibs boss Neil Lennon has tonight revealed that Sam Stanton and Danny Handling have been told they will need to leave to get first team football.

The pair have been out of the Hibs side for a while, Handling through injury, Stanton out on loan, but it seems they have no future at Easter Road.

Lennon said:

“We’ve had a chat with them and they know how difficult it is going to be for them. There is interest in both of them. We will need to see what prevails.

“Their attitudes have been great and they have trained really well. Danny has really impressed me, he has worked very hard on his fitness levels and has come back to the club looking very, very well.

“I’m very fond of Sammy too, but it is just very difficult for him, with the midfield we have here.

“Both of them are aware of the situation. Regular football is just something I can’t guarantee them.”

Both players looked to have bright futures with the club, but both have fallen off the radar in recent seasons.

Handling burst on to the scene as a raw 17-year-old, making his debut against Aberdeen. He has struggled with injury over the past few seasons, and has spent most of the last 18 months on the sidelines.

He has played 65 times for Hibs, scoring 5 goals.

Handling has also had loan spells with Berwick Rangers and Raith Rovers in the past.

Stanton also impressed when he first broke through the youth ranks. He also made his debut at 17, but against Rangers.

He has spent the past 18 months out on loan. Firstly with Livingston during the 2015/16 season, and then followed by a season long loan with Dumbarton last season.

He has played 70 times for the Hibees,scoring 7 goals.

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