Hibs head coach Jack Ross says the Easter Road side are nearing a stage of excellence – as he doubled down on rumours surrounding Celtic and Kevin Nisbet.

The Hibs striker was missing for Ross during a 2-2 draw with Dundee at Dens Park in the Scottish Premiership due to illness. Leigh Griffiths plus cash was reported as the offer for the Scotland international but Ross says it’s someone ‘flying a kite.’

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A non-story between Celtic, Griffiths and Nisbet. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

With Scotland head coach Steve Clarke set to announce his squad for September’s World Cup qualifiers this week, Ross hopes Nisbet is included as he ended speculation surrounding the forward: There’s nothing in it. The link comes from somebody putting out something that’s just nonsense, just flying a kite.

“It’s utter fabrication. It’s not anything we’ve discussed, it’s not something we’ve considered, or have had to think about. It’s just unfortunate that Kevin’s unwell because people then jump to conclusions on the back of some sort of made-up stuff.

“I think along with the fact he featured at Euro 2020 his form for me early season has been brilliant, he’s been really, really good at the start of this season so hopefully that’s enough for him to be included again.”

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Nisbet could be included. (Photo by Steve Bardens – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Ross was pleased with his side’s attacking efforts in Tayside – goals from Martin Boyle and Ryan Porteous earning the draw – but defensive improvement could see Hibs level up: “We haven’t defended our goal well enough recently.

“We have done a lot of good things but it is the little, small margins that have stopped us becoming a really top team. There are a lot of good things about us at the moment. The threat going forward and character is good and we showed a good trust in what we were doing.”

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