Martin Boyle targets Hibs Europa League place as he speaks on club's 2020/21 aspirations

Winger wants club to aim for top four

Martin Boyle is aiming high with Hibs this season

Hibs winger Martin Boyle believes the club should be targeting a European spot.

The Easter Road side last featured in continental competition in 2018, when they defeated NSI Runavik and Asteras Tripolis before losing to Molde, then managed by current Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

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The Capital club finished seventh in last year’s Scottish Premiership but Boyle insists Hibs can, and should, aim higher.

The 27-year-old said: “We want to be challenging for the top four; a Europa League slot would be great for the club.

"But as we’ve been doing every year since we’ve been back in the top flight, we're just taking it game by game and trying to do the best that we can.”

The comments mirror those made by his new team-mate Drey Wright, who said earlier this week that the club should be aiming for the top three in the Scottish Premiership.

Boyle featured in yesterday's bounce game with Hamilton Accies at Easter Road, carried out as a test event ahead of the Scottish Premiership opener against Kilmarnock on 1 August.

Hibs ran out 2-1 winners, with Joe Newell and Kevin Nisbet on target for Jack Ross’ side, and after the match Boyle was on hand to help promote the purchase of 33 cardboard cut-out kangaroos by the Australia branch of the Hibernian Supporters Club.

Welcoming the move, the Australia internationalist added on Sky Sports: “They’re doing their bit for the club and it’s helping. It’s brilliant, it’s a good thing that they’ve done.

"I think a few of the players are going to put their families on it too. I'm going to get my little daughter one as well.”

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