Hibs are preparing for a summer transfer bid from Celtic as the Easter Road club look to retain striker Kevin Nisbet (EEN).

It was reported last month that Celtic may move for Nisbet in a deal worth £3 million. The striker left Scottish Championship club Dunfermline last summer for a six-figure fee to join Hibs and he scored 18 goals in 45 games for the Leith side in the 2020/21 term Scottish Premiership term.

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Kevin Nisbet is a Celtic target. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Dunfermline would be due 30% of any fee involving their former striker, who was reportedly presented to Eddie Howe before the deal to bring the former Bournemouth manager to the vacant managerial position at Celtic collapsed.

Seemingly Celtic are now keen on Nisbet ahead of their rebuild under new management and Hibs are ‘bracing themselves’ for a summer approach.  It could mean Leigh Griffiths – who is currently out-of-contract at Celtic pending a contract extension clause – could return to Hibs as a replacement.

Nisbet is with Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad as they prepare for Euro 2020, the first major tournament for the nation since 1998. He’s eager for his first Scotland goal: “I just want to get my first goal as quick as possible. For any striker, you always look to get your first goal very quick.

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Wants off the mark. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Hopefully I can get that in the friendlies and take that into the Euros. Of course, the friendlies before the tournament is always a chance to impress, whenever I get on the park and for how long I get on the park. I really want to go out there and impress and keep impressing in training.

“When I was involved in the last camp it gave me that bit between my teeth to get back here and I did get back so I am absolutely delighted to be involved and I can’t wait to keep training.”

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