Hibs striker Marc McNulty has admitted that he could have joined Hearts before signing on loan at Hibs in January – but said that at the time he didn’t fancy a return to Scotland.

Since joining Hibs, Sparky has been in fantastic form and even earned himself a place in the Scotland squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

27th February 2019, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, St Johnstone versus Hibernian; Paul Heckingbottom Hibernian Manager and Marc McNulty of Hibernian celebrates the win at full time

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The striker confessed that he soon changed his mind over a return north but by that time Hearts had “moved on” – opening the door for an Easter Road switch.

“I had a couple of conversations with someone at Hearts and that was at the start of the window,” McNulty told the Lower League Ramblings podcast.

27th February 2019, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, St Johnstone versus Hibernian; Marc McNulty of Hibernian scores penalty to make it 1-1

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“I’d said that I didn’t really want to come back up to Scotland at the time, which I didn’t – I wanted to stay down the road.

 

“But things changed and by then Hearts had obviously moved on or whatever. It took me a while to decide on whether to come back up the road because there’s a lot of things that you need to think about.”

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Hibernian FC players celebrate with penalty scorer Marc McNulty (L) of Hibernian FC during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Hamilton Academical at Easter Road on February 16, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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McNulty has scored seven times in nine appearances for Hibs since joining the Easter Road side and has had a big hand in their fine form under Paul Heckingbottom.

Had they lost out on the striker to their Edinburgh rivals then there’s a distinct possibility that the Jambos would be higher up the table.

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