Hibs duo want Celtic switch
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hibernian duo Scott Brown and Kevin Thomson are seeking to move to Celtic.
Hibernian duo Scott Brown and Kevin Thomson are determined to move to Celtic before the close of the transfer window.
The unsettled duo are keen to leave Easter Road after a contract dispute with the Edinburgh club over new deals.
The midfield duo were looking to win improved deals at Hibs, but the club declined to offer them the improved contracts they were seeking.
The news alerted a number of clubs to the pair with the likes of Celtic, Rangers, Sheffield United, Portsmouth, and Reading all linked with the duo.
However, the pair have their hearts set on a switch to Celtic after The Bhoys tabled an offer for them last week.
The players' agent Willie McKay revealed both players had told Hibernian of their desire to make the move to Parkhead.
"The boys had a meeting with John Collins and Rod Petrie yesterday and they have told them they want to leave the club for Celtic," McKay told skysports.com.
"Collins and Petrie have pleaded with them to stay until June, but they believe too much water has gone under the bridge for them to stay on at Hibs.
"Hibs had a great opportunity to sort all this out two months ago when I asked to have a meeting with them.
"But they refused to meet me and now they want to do it now which is too late.
"The boys have been getting verbal abuse from Hibs supporters when they play and on the street, so the situation has become untenable for them really.
"Celtic have made bids for both players and they have their hearts set on moving to Celtic.
"They want to sort something out as soon as possible as they want to play in the Champions League and have the chance to play against AC Milan."