Hibs: Shaun Maloney Warns Martin Boyle Must Be Replaced, Reveals Transfer Wish List Instead

Omitted from the side that ultimately beat League One Cove Rangers in extra time to advance to the next round of the Scottish Cup, the Hibs boss said he expects the situation to progress within the next 24-48 hours but is well aware. of the void. The Australian international will leave and stressed that it would be a mistake not to bring in someone with at least some of his key attributes before he closes the transfer window at the end of the month.

“I have been preparing for the match so I haven’t spoken to the club about the stage it is at. But with Martin it is possible that he played the last game of his. By Friday we will be a little more definitive.

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“I was always aware that this could happen. In terms of Martin, he’s been great to deal with and we’ve been very clear together about what the situation could be.

Martin Boyle could be on his way to Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group)

“We will know more in the next 24 or 28 hours. People with Martin’s attributes make a difference.

“He was missed tonight. If it becomes the case, then we will have to replace it.

“He is difficult to find and that is why he has been one of the best in his position.

“But we can’t not replace that. Sometimes we saw that we played well, but when you have a player who can get past an opponent, really long possession becomes a good opportunity.”

Shaun Maloney has warned that Hibs must free up funds to replace their striker. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group)

A wish list had already been drawn up, but he said the time had come to pinpoint specific goals.

“Normally when you think about a position, there’s a number and now if it goes away we’ll start whittling it down.”

Happy to finally get past an impressive Cove side, he said there are elements of the performance to work on and he hopes the newcomers will grow in their roles, but was delighted to see Kevin NIsbet respond to the recent negativity with the goal. Victory. .

“Performance can definitely be better at times. I think we improved as the game went on and created more chances. But my experience in these competitions tells me that I have to be very happy to be in the next round.

Hibs’ Martin Boyle watches from the stand during the Scottish Cup 4th Round match between Hibernian and Cove Rangers at Easter Road on 20th January 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)

“Kevin has been really good in terms of his commitment and there was a great moment where the fans appreciated what he did out of possession.

“He brings that quality and that’s what number nines do. He will score more than he doesn’t score.

“I hope that connection between him and the fans changes.”

Chris Mueller and Ewan Henderson were two debutants and while there is more to come from both, Maloney, who felt it would be wrong to discuss a possible move for former Hearts loanee Dmitri Mitchell while still a Blackpool player, was happy with your efforts.

“I think with Ewan, he hasn’t played for a long time, but he can be very satisfied with his 60 minutes and I think Chris Mueller was very good considering he hasn’t played for a long time.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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