Ex-Hibs forward urges Celtic and Rangers to make paltry offer for Martin Boyle

The Easter Road forward will likely attract plenty of interest in the coming weeks

Ex-Hibs forward Kris Commons has urged Celtic and Rangers to test the water with a meagre bid for Martin Boyle, while advising fans to enjoy him while they can.

The Australian international was one of the stars of the opening weekend of the Scottish Premiership season with a double in the 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at Easter Road on Saturday.

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Boyle is now in the final year of his contract and has previously been linked with a move down south, while there has been reported interest from Celtic previously.

Martin Boyle will be expected to attract interest before the transfer window shuts in October. Picture: SNS

The 27-year-old said recently: “I just want to give everything for the club at the moment. I’m into my last year, I’ve loved every minute here and nothing will change, I’ll still go out and give everything for the club.

“It’s ongoing at the moment [where his future lies], I’m not completely sure. I’m just trying to put it to the back of my mind and let everyone else sort that.

"I just want to get on with my football, I’ve been doing it every season and hopefully I can keep putting performances in for the club."

A key player for Jack Ross, Hibs will be keen to hold on to a player who provides the team with so much pace and goal threat, whether as a winger or striker.

Commons, who played alongside Boyle during a short loan spell at Easter Road from Celtic, reckons a bid of just £250,000 would be enough to give Hibs something to think about.

"My advice to Hibs fans would be quite simple,” he told the Daily Mail. “Enjoy him while you can.

"Given that he's only got a year left to run on his contract, bigger clubs are bound to be looking at him.

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"I know for a fact that Neil Lennon rates him highly and thoroughly enjoyed working with him during their time together at Easter Road. I also don't see why the likes of Rangers shouldn't at least have a look at him and explore the possibility of making an offer.

"With just a year left on his contract, Boyle wouldn't cost an arm and a leg. Especially not with the financial problems Hibs are facing. He could be available at a knockdown price. I reckon a bid of around £250k would be enough to at least ask the question of Hibs.

"With the transfer window open until October, Boyle will be a wanted man if he continues the red-hot form he showed against Killie on the opening day."

Commons was full of praise for the player who is still hopeful of playing in the Copa American next summer with Australia.

He said: "Having played with Martin Boyle for a few months during my time at Hibs, I can vouch first-hand about just what a talented boy he really is.

"I promise you, he's absolutely greased lightning when he's in full flow. In terms of raw pace, he's undoubtedly one of the quickest players in the country.

"But he's also added a bit more subtlety and end product to his game over the past couple of years. He's a much more complete player nowadays.

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"Boyle is equally at home on the wing or through the middle as a striker, so the versatility he offers is another huge positive for any potential suitors.

"Having scored both goals in Hibs' 2-1 victory over Kilmarnock at the weekend, it was a welcome return to form for a man who has suffered from some horrible injury problems.”

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