Hibs complete loan signing of Birmingham City forward Andrew Shinnie

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Forward Andrew Shinnie has completed his season-long loan switch to Hibs from Birmingham City, subject to international clearance.

The Scotland cap has become head coach Neil Lennon’s fourth summer recruit following the arrivals of goalkeepers Ofir Marciano and Ross Laidlaw and striker Grant Holt.

Former Rangers trainee Shinnie moved to the Blues from Inverness on a free transfer in July 2013 but only made 17 first team appearances at St Andrews last season before being farmed out on loan for a month to Rotherham.

andrewshinnieShinnie’s route to first team football with Birmingham was made even harder last week following Greg Stewart’s £500,000 arrival from Dundee.

The 27-year-old featured in a 1-0 pre-season friendly defeat at Easter Road last month and is looking forward to trying to get his career back on track under Lennon.

He said: “I was here in pre-season and I took part in the game and Hibs played very well that day. The stadium was lovely, the pitch was great and I got good vibes from it.

“I played here before from my past days in Scotland. I know how big a club this is, how big the fanbase is and a lot of factors came into account.”

Speaking at the weekend, Lennon said: “He’s a player I’ve liked for a long, long time and his availability came to us.

“I want to bring players in to strengthen what we’ve got because we’ve not done a lot of business. If we can do that it will give us more strength and depth.”

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