Hibs boss Neil Lennon admits interest in Birmingham City playmaker Andrew Shinnie



Hibs boss Neil Lennon admits he wants to sign Scotland cap Andrew Shinnie on loan from Birmingham City.

Lennon, who watched his side beat Dunfermline 2-1 on Saturday after a Ben Richards-Everton own goal and Jason Cummings strike sandwiched a Gavin Reilly equaliser, has already made contact with both the club and the 27-year-old.

Former Inverness forward Shinnie fell out of favour at the Blues last season and spent a month on loan at Rotherham.

(Pic: HIbsTV)
(Pic: HIbsTV)

Lennon said: “We’ve made contact with Birmingham City and we’re waiting to hear from the player now.

“It would be a loan. We’ll see how that goes, he’s a player I’ve liked for a long, long time and his availability came to us. We made an approach for him so we’re waiting to hear now.

“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.”

Lennon was thrilled with yesterday’s victory in front of a bumper 16,477 crowd at Easter Road but admits there is still plenty of room for improvement after seeing his team lose their composure following on loan Hearts forward Reilly’s 57 minute leveller.

He added: “We’ve had umpteen chances on goal, we could have been two or three up at half-time.

“We switched off, they scored a very good goal and for five minutes we wobbled and we have to learn to manage that better, good players making basic errors for no reason . It’s just the psychology of the game.

“After that they settled and we looked all right again and scored a great goal.

“I’m very happy, it’s not easy in this league but that’s two wins out of two so I’ve got to be very pleased.”