Hibs manager Jack Ross says people shouldn’t overhype 16-year-old Ethan Laidlaw as the striker becomes a target for Manchester United.
The Old Trafford club would like to take the teenager- who signed his first professional deal this season – on trial before the end of 2021. Leeds United have already had him on a similar basis and Manchester United are the latest club to show interest.
Youths might be given a chance if Hibs can wrap up third place in the Scottish Premiership quick enough, and while the Manchester United target is a promising prospect, it’s 19-year-old winger Steven Bradley who might get his chance.
Ross said: “Depending on how the last few weeks for us we will look to use the squad accordingly. I don’t think people shouldn’t get too carried away with Ethan Laidlaw as he is very, very young. He is physically very young and hasn’t had much first-team experience from a training point of view.
“Steven Bradley has made really good progress through training with us this season. He is the one I am most excited about at the moment in terms of being able to make that next step and we are hoping that things progress in the right way to allow him to show us what he can do on the pitch.”
Third place could be settled this weekend as Hibs host St Johnstone at Easter Road, Ross adding: “It would be big for us, I’m not going to play that down. “I know that some people will say the prize at stake in European competition has altered somewhat but for us, when we set that target at the beginning, it was never anything to do with that.
“It was about finishing in a position in the league that the club hasn’t done so in 15/16 years so that was huge for us.”
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