Hibs dismiss Whittaker talk
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hibs have played down talk linking Steven Whittaker with a move to Celtic.Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie has played down talk linking Steven Whittaker with a move to Celtic.
Reports emanating from Scotland have suggested that Celtic were lining up a move for Whittaker as a replacement for Jackie McNamara.
Petrie insists they have had no inquiries for Whittaker and he remains confident the club can keep hold of their best young players.
"We have had no inquiries about Steven Whittaker from any source," Petrie told the Edinburgh Evening News
"He has had a great season and our philosophy is about building and developing a team.
"We will be looking to add to our squad as opposed to selling any players. We do not need to sell, we have balanced our books."
Petrie also revealed the club have still to receive a suitable offer for Derek Riordan.
Hibs have put the young striker up for sale after he turned down a new deal at Easter Road and he has been strongly linked with a move to Celtic.
Petrie is aware of Celtic's interest, but admits no offer has been made for Riordan.
"I had journalists phoning me to say they understood Celtic had increased their first bid of £300,000 to £400,000," added Petrie.
"But we've had nothing you would regard as an offer for Derek Riordan."