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LENNON ISSUES HANDS OFF WARNING

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NEIL LENNON has sent out a message to a host of English sides currently showing an interest on signing Hibs’ top goalscorer – Jason Cummings is NOT for sale!

Barnsley and QPR are both tracking the 21 year old who impressed last Friday in the 3-0 victory in the top of the league clash against Dundee United. Cummings scored twice in the first half and was a constant threat to the Tannadice outfit until withdrawn later in the match.

Lennon, who last summer turned down a massive bid believed to have been just short of £2million from Peterborough for the player, is determined to keep his star man as he seeks to take Hibs back to where they belong, in the Premiership.

Today Lennon told the English club to forget any thoughts they have of signing Cummings. “He is not for sale. I want to keep him. He is the leading goalscorer and I want to keep him,” said the Irishman.

 Cummings has scored 12 goals this season, despite having to endure a period on the sidelines, and his manager is full of praise for his star asset.

“I want to look after business at our end. If he keeps progressing the way he is then there is no reason why there won’t be other suitors out there as well for him,” Lennon said.

“I don’t think there is any hurry for him to go. Is he ready to go yet, is another question. We haven’t had a bid in so we’re speaking hypothetically here. I want him here because he is a very important player and we made that clear at the start of the season.”

Talking about his time out of the starting eleven, Lennon puts it down to the ups and downs all young player experience as they make their way in the game.

“It wasn’t by design,” the Hibs boss stated. “We just thought he probably wasn’t hitting the straps as well as he could have done. Sometimes with young players you get peaks and troughs.

“We’ve taken him out, Martin Boyle has come in and done great. Jason’s come back in and been scoring so he’s certainly responded in the right way.”

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