I am 100% certain that Hibernian will have made sure that he has received measured and appropriate councilling.
I've wondered if the transfer request was about his father passing.Absolutely, but his performances fell off from that penalty miss against Hearts, which was only a day after his dad? I think..
I've been saying for a while that this was when it started and it wasn't about the transfer.
He was great up until his dad died, during covid and all that, it's definitely been a hard year for him. Maybe hasn't been able to be around his family anywhere near enough. Footballers having to live under that extra spot of scrutiny about their actions too.
A Scotland cap, along with a goal should guarantee we'll get the same sort of price or better for him in the summer though. Was originally concerned that the figure came out of Birminghams desperation to get someone else in, thought they could get a quick yes like Aberdeen who were desperate for quick money.
I'd quite like to keep him though, I think goals will come back to him no problem.
I've wondered if the transfer request was about his father passing.
We don't know his circumstances but he won't be on a massive wage,does he have siblings?maybe he wanted a move to make sure his mother was financially secure?
It's a lot for a young man to have on his shoulders
For too long now we have been seeing the same thing regarding Newell and Irvine as in they offer a lot but deliver very little. Unless they up their contribution then Irvine will have to go but we are stuck with Newell sitting about taking a wage...From turgid to decent and all points in between. First half Livingston simply bettered us, although we had chances, we were not playing well and we sneaked an equaliser. Second half we were far better, no changes throughout the game, we just played so much better. Aberdeen losing again helped ad we are now seven points ahead of them. The 4 3 3 (if that is what is was?) looks a good idea but I feel Newell and Jackson dinnae give us much and Boyler out wide was such a waste first half. Yet second half the exact same set up, maybe with the exception of Doig getting more involved and we played well and might have won.
Best for Hibs were Hanlon, Doig, Gogic, Doidge and Nisbet. Paul has been playing very well, as has Alex, they have become pillars of the defending players, Doig had a good second half, Doidgey finally scored and had an all round good game and Nissy was superb all game. Nice to see. I also felt Porto lacked concentration too often, both Irvine and Newell drift in and out too much and Boyler was a good second as he was missing first.
Ok it was no classic, but when we did get playing, we looked very good and the boss was clearly happy with that, not making any changes. Livingston ae a decent team, they work hard for each other and love a high press. Not an easy team to play against or beat.
Rocky was unlucky at the goal and played well, commanding his box.
Paul McGinn was better today although was partly at fault for the Livi goal.
Porto, sorry I thought he made too many mistakes today, the worst to cause the goal. His decision making was poor today.
Paul Hanlon was great, didnae put a foot wrong.
Josh Doig had a quiet first half but I thought he was good second, bombing down the wing. His determination to keep the ball in was crucial in getting the equaliser.
Alex Gogic, along with Paul Hanlon are what make our defending resolute. I thought he was very good today, against a physical Livi midfield.
Jackson Irvine and Joe Newell both offer a lot, yet both could offer more for me. Two good players, Joe needs to take his chances, Jackson needs to keep playing away, a goal or a killer pass will come.
Boyler hardly touched the ball as a right winger first half, second half he was involved in all our best moves and put some cracking low balls in.
Chris Doidge took his goal well, and offered lots of effort all game. I felt he played well today yet he too could score more.
I am biased, I have stuck with Nissy through thick and thin. Today he did everything but score. His movement, touch, lay offs, passing and all round work rate were superb. His cheeky twenty yarder nearly went in. Great game from Nissy.
No Subs today, go figure.
No interview this week so far, but the same eleven that struggled most of the first half played some nice football second and might have won the game. I think Jack got his team and set up right.
Livingston gave us a game, especially first half, a real handful. Weirdly I felt they were playing for a draw much of the second half?
The referee was decent, I think he only booked one player all game although, as Tam McManus said, I think he swallowed his whistle second, he was chirping away like a budgie.
Man of the Match was Kevin Nisbet, I thought his all round play was magnificent. I also thought Hanlon, Gogic and Doidge done very well.
Next up is a wee cough, then the mutton molesters away. Any kind of result up there and I think third is secured.
I think he was really lucky to even score against Livi as his shot was still pretty bad Like you I hope it puts him on a run but the fact he didn't score from Boyles cross says otherwise to meI've decided that Doidge is going to fire us through the rest of the season.
He'll score 4 or 5 more now. Goal scoring run, like last season, just a tad later.