Hibs manager Jack Ross says the Easter Road club ‘are not close-minded’ over losing players in the summer with the likes of Leeds United tracking his assets.
Kevin Nisbet and Ryan Porteous were subject to bids from the English Championship in the winter transfer window while Leeds United are interested in Easter Road academy products Josh Doig and Ethan Laidlaw. Other Premier League clubs are interested in the latter two talents while teenage goalkeeper Murray Johnson is also attracting interest down south.
Ross – who guided Hibs to European football this week by securing a top four finish in the Scottish Premiership – says the club are ready to adapt if the likes of Leeds United make moves for Easter Road players.
He said: “That’s the nature of the beast in all sports and all walks of life. The most powerful, richest and biggest clubs will always be in the best position to take the best players. We have to be realistic about that and try and keep our best players for as long as we can.
“But we also have to to have the foresight of we might lose them at some point. We then need to try and repeat the process, whether that is through our own system or through recruitment, identifying those who will make you a better team.
“It may prove challenging for us but clubs of different sizes face different challenges. But history shows it can be difficult to hold onto your best players for a long period of time. I view my job as problem solving on a daily basis. Not all problems are negative, some are enjoyable like how you piece together a squad.
“Whatever unfolds over the coming months we will deal with. We have tried to prepare for the different eventualities that could come our way. There’s clarity of though in that we are not closed-minded about the possibility of what may occur as some of that may be outwith our control.”
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