Hibs manager Pat Fenlon keen to retain Garry O'Connor

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland
Garry O'Connor
O'Connor has been linked with a move to both Rangers and Middlesbrough

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon insists the only interest regarding striker Garry O'Connor has been generated by the media.

O'Connor has scored 11 goals so far this season and has been linked with a move away from Easter Road to both Rangers and Middlesbrough.

"The speculation has all been coming from you guys," said Fenlon.

"He is injured at the moment and we are trying to get him fit. But we have had no interest from any club in Garry."

Fenlon has struggled to gain traction since taking over from Colin Calderwood as manager on 25 November, picking up only one point from six matches and he feels that a return for O'Connor to the first-team could help the club ease their way to safety in the Scottish Premier League.

"We have got a lot of games left where we need to have him 100% right," said Fenlon.

"He will definitely miss this week and we will see how he is before next week's game."

Meanwhile, an injury to Hibs' number one goalkeeper, Graham Stack, has handed Mark Brown a chance to stake a claim for a regular spot.

Brown has not played in the Hibs first-team since the 4-1 League Cup defeat by Celtic in October.

"It will be good to get a runout on Saturday, it's been a while," said Brown.

"It's an important game for the club - we just need to go there and approach the game professionally."

Brown has had limited opportunities since joining the Edinburgh club from Celtic in August 2010.

He was considering asking for a move away from the club, but the board's decision to replace Calderwood delayed him approaching the new boss.

"With the new manager there is maybe an opportunity to play under him," said Brown.

"Just now is not the time to go in and annoy the manager too much.

"He has got enough problems trying to sort out the league position."

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