Australia assistant manager Rene Meulensteen has said he is “surprised” that neither Rangers or Celtic have made a move to sign ‘special’ Hibs winger Martin Boyle after his performances for the Easter Road side.

Boyle has played a key role as Jack Ross’ Hibees have taken 2-2 draws against both sides of the Old Firm this season and former Manchester United coach Meulensteen admits the 27-year-0ld has “something special about him.”

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The Scottish-born star has three goals and three assists to his name this season in the league and has become a big favourite for the Easter Road support after amassing over 200 appearances for the club.

“I’m actually surprised that a club like Celtic or Rangers haven’t come in for him because he’s got so much to offer and is doing really well for Hibs right now,” Meuelensteen said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“Martin’s great – he’s full of beans, hard-working, quick, agile and direct.

“He’s got something special about him, he’s not afraid to run at people and has a heart like a lion.

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“Martin has had a few injury setbacks but personality-wise he never stops smiling. He’s a good guy and a very good player.”

Given Boyle predominantly plays as a right winger, it seems unlikely that he’d have much chance of regular game-time if he was to move to Ibrox with the likes of Kemar Roofe and Ianis Hagi occupying that berth in Gerrard’s front three.

The Socceroos star would count as a domestically-trained player in Rangers’ Europa League squad – something the Gers have a woefully short supply of – but at 27, there are better options out there.

 

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