Hibs set to sign former Hearts keeper and are keeping tabs on striker

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Hibs are set to sign Scott Gallacher to ease their goalkeeping crisis after the player was released from his contract at St Mirren.

The former Hearts shot-stopper is in talks with the Leith side about a move to Esater Road after head coach Neil Lennon was left with a keeper shortage.

Just 20 minutes into his comeback from knee surgery, Ofir Marciano was forced off in Saturday’s 8-1 Scottish Cup victory over Bonnyrigg Rose following a painful collision with team-mate Liam Fontaine.

The Israeli internationalist’s latest set-back prompted Lennon to seek cover for Ross Laidlaw, with third-choice shot-stopper Maciej Dabrowski also sidelined with a dislocated thumb.

That means Lennon is currently only left with 17-year-old Patrick Martin as back-up.

Gallacher, who began his career at Rangers, fell further down the Buddies pecking order last week when manager Jack Ross signed Billy O’Brien on loan from Manchester City and the player reached a mutual agreement with St Mirren to terminate his contract yesterday.

Championship leaders Hibs hope to include the 27-year-old in the side for Saturday’s trip to Queen of the South.

Hibs, meanwhile, are among a host of clubs keeping tabs on free-scoring Stirling Albion striker Dylan Nguene Bikey.

The 21-year-old Frenchman has notched nine goals in nine appearances for the Binos since joining last November from Dieppe and has already been on trial at St Johnstone and Dundee United.

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