• STV
  • MySTV

Neil Lennon: Hibs' stars must leave when time comes

He knows prize assets such as John McGinn must eventually leave to balance the books.

Neil Lennon: The Hibs boss is preparing to steer his side through a packed festive fixture list.
Neil Lennon: The Hibs boss is preparing to steer his side through a packed festive fixture list. SNS

Hibernian boss Neil Lennon holds no concerns after the club failed to hit their financial target but says he is pragmatic enough to understand prize assets such as John McGinn may have to eventually leave Easter Road to balance the books.

The capital outfit posted losses of £277,000 for last season, accumulated as a result of a successful tilt at the Championship title.

While unsure at this point whether the purse strings will be tightened in January as a result, Lennon is confident a healthier financial statement will be on offer next year.

"It may do, it may not," he said. "We're healthy, I think that will turnaround from what we are doing this year, going into next year.

"We do have assets as well, we could have sold John (McGinn) which would have wiped out any sort of deficit we had.

"So I don't think there's anything to be concerned about there."

Lennon claimed talisman McGinn was worth more than £5million following the midfielder's man of the match display against Celtic earlier this campaign.

The Northern Irishman admits it will be tough to hold on to his star despite such a hefty price tag.

"It's difficult to keep them," he said. "We sold Jason in the summer, the timing was right for him and we didn't want to stand in his way when a bigger club came in.

"Obviously he wants to progress his career and that's what we have to realise.

"It's difficult to stop that progression, while we don't want to lose them you have to be realistic about things."

Hibernian face a packed festive fixture list, with fixtures against Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen and Hearts in the month of December.

Lennon says his squad is relishing the prospect of four big games but has warned his players to expect rotation throughout the month.

He said: "We will have to rotate the squad, it's a very heavy schedule so we want all the players fit and ready.

"The players have to be ready as they could feature at any time.

"It's very exciting, so we're looking forward to it, but have difficult games to negotiate in the meantime."

https://stv.tv/sport/football/1402618-hibernian-miss-financial-target-with-277-000-loss/ | default

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. At least 6 characters please. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
At least 6 characters please
ShowHide
This field is required. At least 6 characters please.
You have to be 16 or over to join
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
Type your full postcode and select your address This field is required. It doesn't look like you've entered a valid postcode. Can't find your address? Confirm the details you've given us are correct by clicking here

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, including our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Any issues contact us.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.