Ethan Laidlaw has had the likes of Manchester United watch him – and Hibs sporting director Graeme Mathie won’t stand in anyone’s way if they want the exit door.

Several Hibs youngsters have received attention from south of the border this season, most notably Josh Doig for his breakthrough into first-team plans at Easter Road. But the likes of 16-year-old Laidlaw have attracted attention too, the young striker having spent a week training Leeds United while Manchester United also want to look at him on a similar basis.

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Manchester United are keen (Photo by James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Mathie insists that while he wants to keep the likes of Laidlaw, if players are keen on a move elsewhere, he won’t force them to stay (EEN): “We feel Ethan is our most talented player at his age level at this moment in time, but I was able to say to his family, if you genuinely want to move elsewhere; fine.

“I’m not going to force you to sign with Hibs, I’m not going to batter down your door. If you genuinely think there is another club somewhere else in the world that is giving your son a better opportunity than Hibernian then no problem, we’re not going to fall out about it.”

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