Hibs head trainer Neil Lennon believes teenage striker Oli Shaw is able to play his phase because the Easter Street facet search to show up the warmth on Aberdeen and Rangers within the race for 2nd position.
Shaw has already claimed 3 high-profile targets, scoring within the Betfred Cup semi-final defeat via Celtic, repeating the feat in opposition to Brendan Rodgers’ facet within the league draw after which notching a winner in opposition to Ross County.
However Lennon fears the teen is in peril of being remembered for “the target he by no means scored” following his disallowed strike in opposition to Hearts on Wednesday.
“I feel he should have run over a black cat,” joked Lennon. “He’s upset, however he’s 19, he’ll shrug it off. However he can also be very happy along with his contribution to this point. His motion for the non-goal was once nice. He knew it was once a target and there was once a component of disbelief when it wasn’t given.”
Lennon admitted he have been cautious of pitching Shaw into first-team motion, however was once persuaded to take action given his prolific strikerate for the membership’s construction facet. He mentioned: “Oli is a piece in growth. We’ve attempted to drip-feed him in. I feel he has been an actual bonus for us. He’ll have a component to play in the second one part of the season, how giant I don’t know.”
Lennon expressed his unhappiness at lacking out on Niall McGinn, who opted to go back to Aberdeen however published he’s having a look to usher in every other attack-minded participant, with Lithuanian Deivydas Matulevicius having been advised he’s unfastened to depart the membership.
Hibs will move into nowadays’s fit in opposition to Kilmarnock with out winger Brandon Barker, who picked up a knee damage within the derby with Hearts, whilst Martin Boyle and midfielder Marvin Bartley are unsure with an ankle damage and a useless leg respectively. Boyle has signed a two-year contract extension, tying him to the membership till 2021.
Kilmarnock’s Greg Kiltie might not be risked in opposition to Hibs. The winger made his first look of the season in opposition to Motherwell following a seven-month lay-off with a damaged ankle however has a minor hamstring grievance and won’t characteristic within the membership’s last sport prior to the January shutdown.