Hibs head coach Jack Ross has two players strongly linked to Celtic – but while he doesn’t know ‘what the next six weeks will bring,’ he knows Hibs should be in a strong position.

The 45-year-old signed a two-year extension to his Hibs contract this week and one of his key duties will be keeping the club’s best players. Hibs finished third in the Scottish Premiership for the first time since 2005 last season and it has attracted interest, Josh Doig and Kevin Nisbet consistently linked with Celtic this summer.

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Celtic want Nisbet and Doig while others have been linked with moves. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Martin Boyle has been briefly linked with Celtic too while Ryan Porteous’ suitors in the English Football League haven’t subsided. Hibs have signed winger Daniel Mackay and midfielder Jake Doyle-Hayes in this transfer window and more additions will come – with Ross hopeful the core group of last term will remain too.

He said ahead of tonight’s Europa Conference League second round qualifier against Santa Coloma: “There’s nothing imminent at the moment. We have been really considered in our recruitment over the last 18 months. In the main, we have got a lot of things right in that regard.

“We want to make sure that it’s good players improving the good playing group we had last year. We will be patient. I feel we have managed that with the additions to date. We will bring other additions in, but it’s about making sure it’s the right ones. Hopefully – sooner rather than later – we will strengthen again.

“Naturally when you have a good season, you want to keep the playing group together, and we have managed that. We don’t know what the next six weeks will bring but it has been nice to come into a settled group. They understand how I work. Ideally when the window shuts, we are still in that position of strength.”

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