By Alan Hutton

7th Jul, 2021 | 3:00pm

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Hibernian striker Kevin Nisbet would be a “really good signing” for Celtic this summer, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 24-year-old could replace Odsonne Edouard if the Frenchman leaves Parkhead.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider Hibs would be persuaded to sell for £4million after the Daily Mail reported (July 2nd) Celtic’s interest.

It is said the Bhoys have begun work over potentially taking Nisbet from Easter Road to Celtic Park.

As revealed by Football Insider in April, Edouard is still looking to quit Celtic this summer despite Ange Postecoglou’s appointment as manager.

Despite Leigh Griffiths signing a new one-year deal, Hutton suggested Nisbet would be an excellent striker signing.

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“It was only Odsonne Edouard who scored more goals in the league than him,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“He’s had an amazing season. No disrespect to Hibs, but they’re not one of the top teams, as in Rangers or Celtic.

“If he played in one of those sides, you would think he would get a lot more chances.

“He’s proved to everybody he’s a finisher. He’s very clever, he’s got good movement, he can go in behind or even come short and link up play.

“It doesn’t really surprise me that Celtic are looking for another striker. We don’t know if Edouard’s going to stay. Are they going to let his contract run down? Or is he going to leave?

“They need options. We know Griffiths has signed another year deal. Is he going to be ready to play week in, week out? We’ll have to wait and see. I think Nisbet would be a really good signing and could see it happening.”

Nisbet netted 18 goals, 14 in the league, for Hibs during his first campaign at Easter Road.

The six-cap international also scored on his second appearance for Scotland against the Netherlands.

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