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Hibs head coach Neil Lennon reckons Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern won’t be short of offers


Hibs head coach Neil Lennon reckons goalkeeper Michael McGovern will be inundated with offers following his heroics for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016.

McGovern, who is a free agent after his contract at Hamilton expired, pulled off a series of stunning saves as Michael O’Neill’s side were defeated 1-0 by world champions Germany in their final Group C match on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old’s contribution ended up being hugely important as goal difference played a huge role in the Ulstermen reaching the last-16 as one of the best third-placed sides.

(Pic: @neil_lennon44)
(Pic: @neil_lennon44)

McGovern had been linked with a switch to Easter Road during Alan Stubbs’ reign last season and Lennon insists his fellow countryman will have no problems finding a club this summer.

Former Northern Ireland midfielder Lennon, who is working as a pundit for the BBC in France, said: “It was an unbelievable performance and he’s put himself in the shop window.

“I’ve known Michael for years, he was a young kid at Celtic. He didn’t make the grade there and he’s gone on to have a successful career in the lower leagues in Scotland.

“He’s played the last season in the Premiership in Scotland with Hamilton. He’s in the shop window and he made the most of that on Tuesday.

“(Former Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper) Lens Lehman was in with us watching the game and he couldn’t believe Michael was a free, he was overawed by his performance.

“He thought he was absolutely fantastic. He said, ‘can he speak German?’. I said, ‘no’ and he said, ‘well, he should learn because I’m sure there will be a few clubs looking at him’.”

McGovern’s international team-mates were also full of praise for the shot-stopper.

Former Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty, who now plies his trade at Norwich, said: “With the situation he’s in at the minute to not be signed to any club, that performance will have a massive say in his future.

“I think there’s going to be a few decent offers for him and a few knocks on the door and no guy deserves it more than Mickey.”

West Brom defender Gareth McAuley said: “Michael McGovern was unbelievable.

“When he came in (to the changing room) we gave him a round of applause and said to him, unbelievable.”

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