Pundit backs Celtic to sign Hibernian striker Nisbet after major update

Noel Whelan has backed Celtic to raid Hibernian for striker Kevin Nisbet this summer.

The former Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 24-year-old would be a low-risk signing for the Bhoys.

The Scottish Sun claim Celtic are considering a move for the £3million-rated striker ahead of the summer, and their interest has been confirmed by interim boss John Kennedy.

It is said the 24-year-old has been presented as a target to Eddie Howe ahead of his expected appointment as the Hoops’ new manager.

Nisbet joined Hibs from Dunfermline last summer and has caught the eye with his impressive debut season in the Premiership.

Whelan insisted the one-cap Scotland international would be almost guaranteed to score goals at Parkhead.

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“At £3million, you’re not really going to be taking too much of a risk,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“He’s proven he can do it at Hibs, they’ve had a good season, in a cup final as well. He’s done it against the Old Firm, so they know that he can work the best backlines in the Scottish Premiership.

“So 24-years-of-age, he’s a good age as well, coming to the best years of his football. If you can do it at Hibs and can score goals in the Scottish Premiership, then you know that he’s going to score goals in the Scottish Premiership when you’re at Celtic.” 

Nisbet has scored 18 times in 43 appearances for Hibs this season.

He has netted two goals and contributed an assist in three games against Celtic.

Meanwhile, he scored in his first goal against Rangers last month.

In other news, a top pundit claims Celtic may have already appointed new manager.