Their youngsters have attracted interest from the likes of Leeds United – and Hibs chairman Ron Gordon says academy development will be key to the Hibees.

Teenage striker Ethan Laidlaw was recently on trial with Leeds United while first-team regular Josh Doig has also been named a target for Marcelo Bielsa’s side. Other youngsters like Ryan Porteous and Murray Johnson have attracted interest south of the border.

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Leeds United are keeping a keen eye on some of the upcoming Hibs talent. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Amid the likes of Leeds United looking at their talent, chairman Gordon says the academy is a big part of Easter Road plans: “We are setting goals and parameters for the football department. That includes the first team, recruitment, players transactions, the development team, the academy, women’s football and HTC [Hibs training centre], which is an asset that can be further improved.

“Then there are all the support services for our football program, including health and fitness, strength training, sports psychology. All those kinds of things are under review. The academy is smack in the middle of that. We are looking at the mission of our academy and what we want to accomplish through that.

“We want to play very good football and be at the top of the table. But, you don’t get from A to Z without that process and time. We want to build an organisation that can sustainably be at the top of Scottish football. We don’t want to be up and down. I would like Hibs to build an organisation and structure where being at the top of the table is the norm.”

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