Neil Lennon targeting at least one more addition to ‘light’ Hibs squad as Hearts cup tickets announced

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NEIL Lennon insists now is the perfect time to strengthen Hibs, despite his team being eight points clear at the top of the Championship.

The Easter Road manager is keen to add at least one more player to his squad before the end of the transfer window on Tuesday.

Though hopes of re-signing Celtic forward Kris Commons after his recent loan spell appear to be fading, Hibs have also been linked with a possible loan swoop for Scottish Cup final hero Anthony Stokes, who is out of favour at Blackburn Rovers.

Lennon has signed winger Chris Humphrey and keeper Scott Gallacher this month but believes his squad remains ‘light’ as he looks to seal promotion and the league title in the coming months.

He said: “It could go right to the wire but I would like to bring at least one more body in.

“Everyone tells me I’ve got great strength in depth but the squad’s light.

“We had 19 fit players on Saturday, so a few injuries and we’re digging in to the Academy players.

“So, it would be important if we did bring another one in – but the right one, not just for the sake of bringing another body in.

“I’m a manager, I’m always over-cautious, and I always think when you’re in a position of strength, strengthen.

“So, that’s maybe what we’ll look to do.”

Meanwhile, new signing Scott Gallacher is thrilled to find himself on the other side of the Edinburgh football divide after an earlier stint with Hearts.

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The 27-year-old began his career at Rangers before moving to Tynecastle in 2014 and has had spells with Alloa Athletic and St Mirren since.

The Scotland under-21 cap, who has penned a deal for the rest of the campaign, added to Hibs TV: “It’s absolutely fantastic to sign for Hibs. It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m ready to go.

“The competition will be tough, there’s a really good standard. I’ll just get my head down, work hard and see what comes of the move.

“I’m very excited to come here, because it’s a massive club.”

• Hibs have been handed the whole of the Roseburn Stand at Tynecastle for the eagerly-anticipated Scottish Cup Edinburgh derby.

The cup holders cross the city to face their bitter rivals on February 12 in a rerun of the meeting of the sides in last season’s competition.

The Easter Road men are certain to be backed by a sell-out away support and have been told they will receive around 3,300 tickets for the mouthwatering clash.

Briefs, priced at £26 and £28 for adults, are likely to go on sale later this week, sparking an almighty scramble for the chance to take in the tie.

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