St Johnstone are the ideal stepping stone for Hibs hitman Oli Shaw

Young Hibs striker Oli Shaw appears to be on the verge of a loan move away from Easter Road.

Despite Paul Heckingbottom insisting that a replacement must be found before allowing the striker a spell somewhere else, there has been a host of Premiership interest for the 21-year-old.

With St Johnstone said to be at the front of the queue, Saints and Shaw would go hand in hand.

Oli is one in a long line 

Hibs have had no shortage of great goalscorers come through the ranks in recent years. Since the turn of the millennium, the likes of Garry O’Connor, Derek Riordan and Steven Fletcher are just a few to have been given a chance at first-team level by the Hibees.

Whilst Oli Shaw may not be seen as being of the equivalent calibre by fans, should a Premiership opportunity come his way, he has to go out and grab it with both hands. Just six league goals came last season, which is still impressive for somebody so young. 

But if Shaw is to maximise his potential, he has to be playing more frequently, whilst also adding goals to his game.

Perth should be priority

Just 38 goals arrived in as many league games for Tommy Wright’s St Johnstone last season. Should they want to get back in the top six, it is of paramount importance that those numbers are pushed up. So why not go for a young, hungry forward that’s looking to prove himself at this level? 

He’s an upgrade on anything available at the club. He doubled Chris Kane’s league goal tally last season, despite playing limited minutes at Hibs. So should he get a consistent run of games, he’s more likely to improve his own goal tally too.

St Johnstone are the ideal stepping stone for Shaw and Saints could use his goals in order to rectify a stuttering start to the 19-20 season.

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