Hibs to sign defender Brian McLean on short-term deal

Hibs boss Neil Lennon has made a double swoop to bolster his injury-ravaged defence ahead of tomorrow's Championship match against St Mirren and Saturday's Scottish Cup quarter-final with Ayr United.

Brian McLean will go into Hibs' squad for tomorrow's match against St Mirren

Having snapped up Celtic’s Nigerian internationalist Efe Ambrose on an emergency deal until the end of the season, Lennon has now added former Motherwell and Falkirk defender Brian McLean, 32 today, to his squad – subject to international clearance.

McLean has agreed a short-term contract and like Ambrose is likely to go straight into Lennon’s plans for the trip to Paisley, given injury has robbed him of defenders Paul Hanlon, Liam Fontaine and Jordon Forster among others while Darren McGregor is suspended for the cup match.

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A former youth player with Rangers, McLean moved south to Preston North End from Falkirk before returning to Scotland to play for Dundee United and Ross County.

But for the past couple of years he’s been with DPMM Brunei, who play in Singapore’s S League which McLean, who can play at right back or in central defence, won in his first season in the Far East.