Scott Brown Out: Celtic should sign Hibs Simon Murray as backup

Celtic have had quite re-known for signing Hibernian players in recent seasons. It now remains seen if the Hoops will continue with this trend and sign Simon Murray. The move for Hibs players have quite paid off, with thoughts of Scott Brown, Anthony Stokes and Leigh Griffiths all immediately springing to mind.

Brown’s career at the Celtic Park speaks for itself, with his teammates Callum McGregor publicly paying him the highest of compliments hailing him as one of Celtic’s greatest ever captains.

Stokes, who is now back at Hibs, joined Celtic in 2010 and went on to net 76 goals in 191 appearances across all competition for the Bhoys, forming a strong partnership with Gary Hooper.

Griffiths, who has been linked with a move away from the club this month, greatly impressive during his two-year loan spell at Hibs, paving the way for his move to Parkhead where he since registered an impressive 94 goals in 166 games so far for the club.

With the the Scottish and Moussa Dembele being linked with other clubs this January, why not the Hoops continue the tradition and look to bring in current Hibs front man Simon Murray as a reinforcement.

After all, Murray’s been in rather impressive netting form himself this season, with 14 goals in 25 appearances to his name so far this season.

Brown’s not managed to hold on to such form throughout the entire season, however, at his best – with the exception of a few others – the Scotland international’s quality feels better than his Hibs counterparts, and should Murray end the season with a goal tally into the twenties, he may well be worth taking the risk for.

A six-figure offer for him was recently turned down by the club from Turkish side Elazigspor and have no intention of selling him according to The Scotsman. That may be a different story should Celtic come calling.

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