NEIL LENNON insists he will attempt to strengthen his Hibs squad this week.
The Easter Road men’s midfield numbers were exposed after John McGinn and Fraser Fyvie were ruled out for extended periods with injuries.
In addition, Lennon has Danny Handling, Alex Harris and James Keatings also sidelined and Sam Stanton on loan at Dumbarton.
The former Celtic boss has thrown his net wide in a bid to find new signings, with ex-Juventus midfielder Fausto Rossi, former Stoke City and Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant and freed Everton veteran Leon Osman all on his radar.
And Friday’s 1-0 defeat to title rivals Dundee United, which left the Edinburgh outfit top of the Championship by only goal difference, has reinforced Lennon’s need for back-up.
He admitted: ”We’re a bit depleted at the minute. The bench on Friday wasn’t as strong as it has been – which is why we’re looking to bring someone in.
“I don’t know if we’ll get anyone in this week, but we’re working on it.”
Celtic’s Kris Commons, who was brought to the Parkhead club by Lennon from Derby County in January 2011, has been linked with a move to Edinburgh.
The former Scotland international midfielder, 33, has been overlooked since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers and could be on the move next month before his contract expires in June.
Rodgers has told the players that haven’t featured in his plans since taking over from Ronny Deila in May that they are free to organise a new club for themselves in the January window.
Commons does not feature in the Irishman’s plans for Celtic and is likely to welcome the call from his old boss Neil Lennon to take centre stage and drive Hibs to the title and back into the Scottish Premiership.
A six month loan deal would suit both clubs with Celtic subsidising the player’s wages as he runs down the final months of his Parkhead contract. And if he can help Hibs win the Championship then Neil Lennon would be in a better position to look at a permanent contract in the summer.