Neil Lennon: We know we need to improve Hibs squad

first_img“From the end of last season, with the (Jamie) Maclarens, the Scott Allans, the (Brandon) Barkers of this world, we haven’t been able to replace them just yet but it is a work in progress. “There are a lot of clubs in the same boat but I am really proud of the squad and starting XI and the guys who came on (against Asteras) to make a contribution against a very good side. “It could have been more, but the character and quality of football was very good.” Although Lennon is looking to improve the depth of his squad, Hibs were still able to influence the game against Asteras from the bench with the Hibs boss forced to watch from the stands as part of an ongoing touchline ban. Neil Lennon has admitted his Hibernian squad is “short on quality” as he seeks to replace several first-team players who departed at the end of last season. The club has seen Dylan McGeouch leave on the expiration of his contract, while John McGinn has been the subject of three bids from Celtic and Lennon has seen several key players from last season’s success leave at the end of loan spells.On Thursday night, Florian Kamberi scored a dramatic winner in stoppage time to ensure Hibs defeated Asteras Tripolis 3-2, but he and Stevie Mallan remain the only outfield signings made at Easter Road this summer, while striker Lennon runs the rule over trialist Ivan Lendric. “We are short of quality and we know that,” he said. David Gray came on at half-time to provide more balance to the defence, with Steven Whittaker making way and Vykintas Slivka moved into a more familiar position in midfield, and the full-back responded with a goal to pull Hibs level. That forced Mallan into a deeper midfield position and Lennon was pleasantly surprised by how well he adapted in a second half that his side dominated. He said: “We got Mallan, McGinn and Slivka in midfield. “We had to go for broke at 2-0 down and we hadn’t seen Mallan play in the holding position before – we always he was more of an attacking type, but it suited him and suited us.”last_img

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