Hibs manager Jack Ross has praised the work of the academy staff at Easter Road as links to the likes of  Everton and Wolves emerge in Murray Johnson.

The talented goalkeeper was thought to be close to clinching a six-figure deal that would take him from Hibs to Wolves. Everton and Manchester City are also keen in the teenage goalkeeper who has spent most of this season training with Ross’ senior team.

Wolves are close to a deal while the likes of Everton and Manchester City are also keen in the Hibs youngster.

Wolves are close to a deal while the likes of Everton and Manchester City are also keen in the Hibs youngster. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He’s been brought through in a time where parts of the academy have been shutdown due Covid-19, a testament to academy staff according to Ross: “It has been challenging times for academy staff. I know it’s been similar for other clubs but they have had time of inactivity where they have been unable to coach.

“A lot of them have a real passion for it. They have operated in their own bubbles too so they have had a period of isolation away from the first-team group as well. I have huge respect for the work Eddie May and Gareth Evans have done with the academy players. It’s testament to what they do.

“Josh Doig is an obvious one but Murray Johnson has also spent a large chunk of this season training with us on a daily basis. I think that will prove beneficial for his future career, whether that’s with Hibs or elsewhere.”

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