UPDATE AT END OF POST
The rumor has been floating around for months on the internet and among supporters, and now there are several media outlets reporting that Ross County F.C. have made a loan offer for former Staggie Martin “Jimmy” Scott. Hibernian made it known in March that Scott would be available for loan (which is probably why the rumors started) when it was clear that he was not in manager Pat Fenlon’s plans but there were no takers at the time.
Jimmy, a central midfielder, played in almost 150 matches for County from 2006 through 2011 and is probably best remembered for scoring the Staggies’ second goal in their 2-0 defeat of Celtic in the 2010 Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park. This, along with his superb play for Ross County led to a £80,000 transfer to Hibernian F.C. in January of 2011. Scott featured in only 15 Hibs matches in 2011-2012 (starting 8) so a move back to a club that knows how to better use him might be just the thing to get his career back on track.
The County midfield was one of the most talented in the First Division last year with the likes of Iain Vigurs, Stuart Kettlewell, Paul Lawson and captain Richard Brittain making up the regular starters and backed up by Rocco Quinn and Mark Corcoran. County will also have Marc Fitzpatrick returning from injury, but the prospect of adding another midfielder with the quality of Martin Scott can only strengthen the club.
It may all be talk, but I hope the club is able to make a deal to bring Scott back to Victoria Park.
UPDATE: It appears that the only sticking point in making this deal happen is that Scott wants an outright transfer back to Ross County F.C., not a loan deal. As there are still two years remaining on his contract at Hibernian F.C. it is likely that the Easter Road side will want some sort of compensation from the Staggies if they are willing to sell him outright. At this point it would appear that it is up to County to decide a) do they want Scott back permanently and b) are they willing to pay the amount that Hibernian is asking if Hibernian are willing to sell Scott.